Making your own chocolates is surprisingly easy and with so many ways to customize them (think: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, mint chocolate) and garnishes (nuts, sprinkles, fruit, etc.) the possibilities are endless!
With Valentine's Day just a few short days away, I decided to make some special white chocolates to share with my husband and friends.
What you'll need:
- 1 bag of Nestle white chocolate chips
- Sprinkles (I used bright pink, but red would look just as nice!)
- 1 rubber ice cube mold
I know there are molds out there that are specially made for chocolates but who has those lying around? I do, however, have multiple holiday-themed ice cube molds in the house (thanks, mom), which work just as well. The one I decided to use for these chocolates had hearts, x's and o's all in one, which was perfect.
First, take sprinkles of your choice and pour them into the mold pockets. Put just enough sprinkles to cover the bottom of each pocket.
Next, it's time to melt your chocolate chips. Create a double boiler by boiling a small pot of water on the stove and placing a metal bowl on top of the boiling water. Pour about half of the chocolate chips into the bowl and stir continuously with a nonstick spatula until the chips are nearly melted. Then take the rest of your chips and add them to the bowl, stirring. Turn off the heat and continue to stir until all chips are completely melted and the chocolate has a smooth consistency.
Once the chocolate is entirely melted, start spooning it into each mold pocket, being careful to fill every corner of the pocket so that the chocolate molds to your desired shape. Don't worry if you get chocolate all of the mold; it won't affect how your chocolates look. Spoon the chocolate quickly before it begins to harden.
When all of the chocolate has been poured, give the mold a gentle shake to ensure that the chocolate is evenly distributed. Then put the mold into the fridge for about 20 minutes so the chocolate can set.
After the 20 minutes is up, flip the mold upside down and gently pop each of the chocolates out. You'll be left with adorable chocolates topped with sprinkles that most people would think had been bought from a specialty dessert shop!
I chose to use white chocolate for these, but any type of chocolate works. Last year, I made them with dark chocolate and they came out just as nicely:
Wrap the chocolates in individual bags for friends or leave them out for houseguests.
Happy Valentine's Day!