Have you ever had chocolate cinnamon bears? They are a treat that, as far as I know, are very specific to Utah. I am not complaining because there is something special about biting into a creamy chocolate then being hit with the spicy cinnamon. It's a pairing that you should try if you haven't before.
Use good quality ingredients since there are only two main ingredients. You can use milk or dark chocolate. I like the Sweets cinnamon bears. They have just the right hint of cinnamon without being over the top.
Make sure that you use a glass bowl. They are the best for melting chocolate.
If the chocolate looks lumpy, don't be alarmed, just keep stirring it.
Eventually it will look like this. Then you will know that it's ready for dipping.
I like to use a fork so that I can drip the extra chocolate off.
When you get just the right amount of chocolate you can still see the shape of the bear! Isn't it cute?
Set them on the parchment paper to firm up completely. The kids had lots of fun helping with the next part.
Put the sprinkles on quickly before the chocolate starts to set. I made sure to leave a few plain for me! And there you have it, chocolate cinnamon bears. It's one of those things you just have to try
Chocolate Cinnamon Bears Recipe
Cinnamon Bears (make sure they are good quality. You only have 2 ingredients so they need to count!)
1 bag Chocolate chips (again make sure they are really good quality. My favorite are milk chocolate Guittard)
seasonal sprinkles (this is optional but SO fun for the kids)
1. Put the chocolate into a glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Depending on the strength of your microwave, this might be different. If you are unsure, start with 30 seconds and microwave it in 30 second intervals.
2. Stir the chocolate chips. They will look lumpy at first. Stir, stir, stir until they melt into a smooth, creamy consistency. The residual heat from the glass bowl should also help with this process. (You can also use the double broiler method if you don't like to microwave chocolate. The last time I made them I ended up putting the glass bowl on top of a pan with water in it because the chocolate hardened faster than I was able to dip all the bears.
3. Once the chocolate is all melted you just dip the bears into it. I like to put in a lot at once and then coat them all with the sugar. I think that helps to minimize globs of chocolate adhering to one bear. Of course lots of chocolate is never a bad thing in my book.
4. Let the excess chocolate drip off and then lay the bears on parchment paper. Immediately put the sprinkles on if using. Once you are finished dipping all of them you can put them in the fridge so that they set up quicker. Or if you aren't in a hurry leave them on the counter to firm up.
Did you try this recipe? Let me know what you think of Chocolate cinnamon bears in the comments below. I would also love to see a picture of your creations on Instagram #peachtreedr
If you like this kid friendly activity, check out the Valentine's Day party where I used these bears as our treat!