Everyone loves getting a box of fancy chocolates, but how much cooler would it be if they were homemade! These adorable morsels of chocolate make a great gift for Christmas, Valentines Day, and really any occasion – because who doesn’t like chocolate?
Chocolate candies are surprisingly easy to make as long as you follow directions! Eric tried to wing it without looking up any recipes and his did not turn out pretty – so I’ll share what I found worked for me!
- 2 Bags of Semi Sweet Chocolate
- 1 Chocolate Mold
- Optional: Nuts, Candy Cane bits, Caramel, etc…
Step 1: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on LOW. If you heat the chocolate too much or too fast it will “blow its’ temper” – which makes it impossible to remove from your mold. This is what Eric did. It was a hot mess.
Step 2: Once the chocolate is melted, carefully spoon the chocolate into the mold. I found it was easiest to use two small spoons, especially iced tea spoons with long handles.
Step 3: Remove any air bubbles by shaking, taping, and even dropping the mold on a hard surface. You’ll see the air bubbles come up!
Optional: When you have filled the mold half way, remove air bubbles (Step 3) and then add in toppings such as Nuts, Candy Cane bits, and Caramel. Then top with chocolate and remove air bubbles again.
Step 4: Place chocolates in the freezer until the bottom of the pan is frosted. I left mine in for two hours because I used a platinum chocolate mold, but it will take a shorter time if you are using plastic or silicone molds.
Step 5: Remove the chocolates by flipping the mold upside down on parchment paper or a cutting board. You will likely have to tap, hit, and bang on the mold to remove some of the chocolates, but if your chocolate was properly melted and it is adequately frozen it will come out.
Store in a cool dry place (even the fridge) until you are ready to give out your tasty treats. I placed my finished chocolates in a Christmas tin lined wit parchment paper, but you can also use party favor bags (as seen in my Peppermint Bark Recipe).
If you love the look of my Nordic Ware Tea Cake & Candies Mold Pan you can buy it on Amazon for only $30!
Aside from the tea cake pan, this project is extremely affordable! You can purchase the two bags of chocolate at the grocery for $5, the candy canes for $1-$2, and the decorative tin for a dollar! Not bad for an adorable gift. This sure will come in handy for Valentine’s Day!