When there is an occasion which requires giving chocolates, my children love making their own.
You can choose the best quality dark chocolate, with a high % cacao, and you can add your choice of filling. So no more picking out the Turkish Delight, or fighting over the last peppermint. It doesn’t take long, is pretty simple to do and they love wrapping them to look professional. We made this batch for Fathers Day this year.
We choose a selection of nuts such as hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts. Our favourite flavour is peppermint so we make a peppermint cream cheese filling and cover those with chocolate too. What I really love about making handmade chocolates, is getting the children to plan their own fillings/centres.
They love melting the chocolate, dipping them, tasting them and of course having the scrape out. They also love making a little menu card, showing the shape of each chocolate and what flavour each one is. This makes the gift so special.
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- Mix the cream cheese, sweetener and peppermint essence together in a small bowl.
- Roll into little balls using your hands or 2 spoons. Place them on a plate in the fridge to harden.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave or sit the bowl of chocolate on top of a bowl of boiling water, to melt the chocolate.
- Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.
- Drop a handful of nuts into the chocolate, then using 2 spoons, pick each nut out and place on the baking tray.
- Do the same with the cream cheese balls, dipping them in chocolate then placing on the baking tray.
- Put the baking tray into the fridge for the chocolate to harden.
- Remove as soon as they are set, and place in a gift box, lined with baking paper.