Homemade Chocolates

Sounds ambitious? Well it's actually easier than you think & even easier now that Poundland have added silicone chocolate moulds to their baking range! I have bought them from other places but theirs are great & such good value!

When it comes to which chocolate to use I personally wouldn't buy an expensive one. For the ones in the photos I used just a supermarket own brand eating chocolate then decided what flavourings I wanted. I will tell you how I made mine then you can use the basic recipe to create your own if you like!

I used:

toasted & crushed Pistachios with white chocolate

rum soaked raisins with milk chocolate

finely chopped stem ginger with plain chocolate

First I melt the chocolate & you can do this in a few different ways:

In a bowl over a pan of simmering water-don't let the bowl touch the water as this can make the chocolate go grainy. (I find this way a bit of a faff, I must admit!)

Place the chocolate in a bowl & microwave gently in 20 second bursts, stirring in between.

In a shallow dish over a bowl of hot water.

Once the chocolate is melted add your chunks/flavourings & carefully pour into the moulds. Place in the fridge to set for about 1-2 hours.

Once set carefully push the chocolates out of the mould. Keep in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container or wrap tightly in foil if you need them to last longer.

Homemade chocolates make a lovely gift! Put them in a cellophane bag & tie with ribbon or present them in a pretty gift box....alternatively you could just scoff them yourself-well you did make them & you deserve a treat too don't you?!

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