These wonderfully simple homemade chocolates make a brilliant birthday gift for friends or family. They look absolutely beautiful and are endlessly customizable.
I first gave this idea a go at Christmas and gave family each a small bag of 6 chocolates to try. They were very well received by everyone and I couldn’t wait to try it again and iron our the few small issues I had first time around.
The opportunity to give it that second go recently arose when The Other Half’s Mum’s birthday came around. We decided on 4 flavours we thought she would love, which were – dark chocolate and cherry, dark chocolate and raisin, milk chocolate and hazelnut and milk chocolate and biscuit. But obviously you can make any combination you’d like.
Now, I know this probably isn’t the “proper” way to do this but to make them my way is simplicity itself and everyone seems to love them, so gather all your ingredients together and set them out for quick and easy access. Melt 3/4 of a 200g bar of chocolate in a bain-marie. Remove bowl from heat and add the remaining 1/4. Stir until all melted and smooth. Now pour a small amount into each silicon mould and use the tip of a knife to spread it up and around the sides of the mould. Then drop in your choice of ingredient, for example hazelnut or a few raisins and then pour in more melted chocolate to cover. Repeat this as many times as you like with as many different chocolates and flavours as you want.
Pop your moulds into the fridge and leave to set for a few hours or over night. After removing them from the moulds, place onto a wire rack and decorate with a small amount of melted white chocolate (I dribbled it over with a teaspoon).
As I said, simplicity itself.