I love making little decorative chocolates and homemade chocolates are my favorites. Of course I will always enjoy some good quality commercially available chocolates, especially those Swiss, French and Belgian ones. We grew up with chocolate, its everywhere in Europe! My favorite ones are the Black 70% Bitter chocolates and the ones with Chilli or with Pistachios. As a child, I had different preferences, let’s say I was on the sweeter side, but by now I tend to eat chocolates in moderation and I choose the ones with less sugar. Since in India good chocolates are a rarity, I had started to make my own. However even the quality and choice has changed immensely in this fast growing country, so I have become a bit lazy in making my own stuff.
The last time in fact was when I clicked this pictures, back in May, just before going back to India. I had made those for my grandfather and of course my father who is a massive chocolate nerd. Since I couldn’t go to France again, I had decided to send my parents with some chocolates to sweeten my grandfathers life. Apparently he loved them and some family members discovered the love for the chilli chocolates as well.
Today I am sharing 4 different chocolate making ideas with you all. Of course you can play around and create your own ones. The aim of this post is to introduce you to this simple art. I thought now was the perfect time to share them with you since Christmas is knocking on the door and often we don’t know what to gift our loved ones, so why not some chocolates that were made by you and with love? Kids can easily make those at home as well. What you will need to follow the “recipes” are different types of chocolate molds. You get those in India, so I bet they will be available everywhere else int he world. Try to use those silicon molds, to make your life easier when taking the chocolates out of their forms. You will have to cool them as well, so that they get nice hard. Oh and try to get hold of some good quality chocolates, that is very important. Otherwise just use a double boiler (Bain Marie) to melt the chocolate or you can even melt it in the microwave, if you have one. Now, you are good to go!
You may follow these Ideas or make your own by using other ingredients such as Almond slices (see picture).