Picnic Chocolate Cups

Chocolate cups laid out to eat with spoons.

These chocolate cups may be small but they are packed with intense chocolaty goodness. They are so sweet and rich that you may need to serve them with some simple wafers or cookies to balance the dessert.

The chocolate mixture is created by gently heating cream and mixing in chocolate before cooling to serve. Taking the time to continually stir ensures a pleasurable and smooth texture.

Made in jars, it is perfect to seal and take on a picnic or hike. Just pack them well to make sure they keep cold. A decorative top can be created with a small amount of additional cream, but the plain version tastes exactly the same.

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A spread of completed chocolate cups with one in the back with the lid on it.
These desserts are perfect for picnics and the lid can be placed on top for easy transport.
Looking down on a completed chocolate pot with four cream hearts for garnish.
Hearts are easily made by dripping in cream and running a toothpick through it to create a heart.
Chocolate cups laid out to eat with spoons.
Don’t forget to pack spoons to eat the jarred chocolate cups.

Picnic Chocolate Cups Recipe

Chocolate cups laid out to eat with spoons.
These Chocolate Cups may be small but they are packed with intense chocolaty goodness. They are the perfect dessert for a picnic or hike.
Preparation 1 hour
Cook 15 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 9 1/2 ounces whipping cream
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons brandy (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream to garnish


  • 1 pot
  • 6 jars cups, or similar single-serving dishes


  • In a heavy pot heat the cream until nearly boiling then remove from the heat.
  • Add the dark chocolate and continue stirring until melted and smooth.
  • Mix in the egg yolks and brandy stirring until still smooth and well combined.
  • Stir through the butter. The temperature can be a little tricky here. The chocolate cream needs to cool enough that it doesn’t cook the egg yolks, but after being combined still warm enough to melt the butter.
  • Evenly divide the chocolate mixture among the individual serving dishes.
  • Drip the garnish cream in the chocolate, then run a toothpick through to create hearts. This step may be skipped if desired.
  • Place the chocolate cups in a cooler to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 5gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 289mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 854IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 4mg

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