Saturday, February 12, 2011

Homemade Chocolates


Make your own chocolates this Valentine's Day!


Supplies
  • Chocolate
  • Mold
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Cooling Rack
  • Cupcake Paper

You only want to use a little bit of the paraffin wax for a handful of chocolate. For a whole bag of chocolate chips you should use a quarter bar of Gulf Wax. If you are using "melting chocolate" you do not have to add the paraffin wax or oil.



Melt the chocolate, wax, and a teaspoon of oil in a double boiler. Alternatively you can follow the chocolate package instructions of melting it in the microwave. Slowly drizzle a spoonful of chocolate into the mold.

Take a small cupcake spatula or a butter knife and even out the chocolate. You then need to tap it on the counter to get all the air bubbles out. After that you can clean up the edges with a paper towel.

After you have prepared your mold you need to refrigerate it for about an hour. It is time to remove the chocolate when the bottom of the mold looks cloudy. To remove the chocolates, turn the mold up-side-down over the cooling rack. This will catch your chocolates as you pop them out of the mold. Gently press on the mold to release the chocolate. When they all come out of the mold place them in the paper cup and storage them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

I am lucky enough to have access to Belgium chocolate at an affordable price. While your personal choice of chocolate may vary, I would recommend starting with milk chocolate because it seems quite popular.

This is a great activity to do during Valentine's, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. While there are molds for almost every holiday, I would seriously consider being honest with yourself. I have bought many molds and used very few of them because it seems like a good idea at the time. Of course you maybe able to find quite a few at second hand shops for very cheap.
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