1/19/11

5 Easy Mint and Assorted Chocolates!

I made these ultra soft, minty, melt-in-your-mouth mint chocolates for Christmas.  Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so why not make these?

This is the chocolate that I used.  I think it came from Costco, but you can find it HERE.
This chocolate has a dark, semi-sweet flavor that is perfect with these easy mint fondant centers

The large chocolate bar is cut into smaller pieces with a serrated knife.




Then put into a double boiler, or in my case, a bowl over a pot of simmering water.  The water must be simmering, not boiling.



If any steam or droplets of water get into your chocolate, it will seize, turn hard and grainy.  If it seizes, you will have to add warm water, melted butter, cream or other liquid and use it for another recipe, such as frosting.  It will not work for dipping or molding chocolates.



Once the chocolate has melted, it is poured into a plastic squeeze bottle.



To keep the chocolate warm and melted, the bottle is put onto a heating pad set at LOW.  Notice that the cover of the heating pad has been removed for easier cleaning!
You can find all sorts of candy/chocolate molds HERE.  I've seen them at Joann's Fabric Store, Orson Gygi, Sandy Bosch Kitchen Center for $2 per mold.


Squirt a little bit of chocolate into the mold.


Then take a cheapie dollar store watercolor paintbrush and swirl the chocolate around...




Hold the mold up to the light every so often to check for coverage.  This needs a little more chocolate...





There.  So much better!  Don't forget to check the sides for chocolate coverage...

Pop the painted mold into the freezer for a minute.  It only takes a minute, no longer!
Take the mold out and fill it with your rolled fondant by gently pressing each into the mold.  Make sure you can see the TOP EDGE of the chocolate...don't cover it with the fondant.


Cover with another squirt of chocolate on top, gently tapping the mold on the counter to allow the chocolate to settle into the mold and spread out on top...


Pop these into the freezer again for a minute or two.  The tops should be firm and dry and you should be able to "pop" the candies out like little ice cubes.  If they don't come out easily, they'll need another minute or two in the freezer.
Look how perfect they are!


I've hand dipped chocolates before and while licking chocolate covered hands is fun, molding chocolates is waaaaay easier!

I used square chocolate molds and white candy melties from Winco to make these caramel peanut cubes...

Here's my assortment of chocolates: Peanut Butter Cups, Maple Pecan, Pina Colada Coconut, Chocolate Truffle and of course, the Mint and the Peanut Caramel Squares.  I purchased the boxes at Orson Gygi and found the snowflake wrap at the dollar store.  



See the "M" on one of the chocolates?  That's the Maple Pecan.  I molded it in milk chocolate and used dark chocolate from a squeeze bottle to make the letter on top.

A box of homemade chocolates.  I can't think of a better gift!


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