Who doesn’t love chocolate?
You’ve probably already heard that chocolate (at least dark chocolate) is actually good for your health. But do you know why?
Believe it or not, raw cacao is the #1 source of antioxidants, with 40 times more antioxidants per milligram than blueberries. That means cacao is good for your heart, your brain, your circulation and your skin! Its actually a true super food! And that’s not even talking about how good it tastes and how that alone can make you happy!
Now imagine how much fun you could have making your own chocolates!
- 2 bars dark chocolate preferably 80% cacao content or higher (I prefer organic and fair trade, like the one linked below.
Optional filling ingredients
- 2 tbs almond butter + 1/2 tbs maple syrup mixed well
- Sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt
- 2 tbs jam you can buy or make your own
- Fresh strawberries
- You can also use orange slices or any other fruit that you love. Be adventurous!
- 1. Candy Molds - I prefer silicon they are easy to remove chocolate from and to clean. For these I used heart shape and round molds. Something like the molds linked below works well.
- 2. Double boiler pot
- 1. Place up to an inch of water in the bottom of the double boiler and allow the water to come to a boil.
- 2. Add the 2nd pot to the top of the boiling water and place your chocolate bars in the pot. Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring regularly.
- 3. Once the chocolate is fully melted, carefully spoon a small amount of chocolate into each mold, covering the bottom well. If you are filling the centers, do NOT fill the molds to the top.
- 4. Once all the molds have chocolate in the bottom, place the mold in the refrigerator to cool and harden. This should only take 5 -10 minutes.
- 5. Mean while, keep the chocolate in the double boiler hot and take out your filling options.
- 6. Remove the molds from the refrigerator and with a very small spoon add a dab of jam or nut butter mix on top of the bottom shell of the mold, making sure that your filling is lower than the top of the mold.
- 7. Once all the molds have filling, add the liquified chocolate to each heart, making sure to that the chocolate surrounds the filling on all the sides and then covers the top!
- 8. Place the filled molds back into the fridge for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- 9. When the chocolates are fully hardened you can remove them from the molds.
- 10. Use up remaining chocolate by dipping fruit in the liquified chocolate and placing it on a baking sheet lined with a sheet of parchment paper. Place chocolate dipped fruits in the fridge to set.
- Your chocolate treats will last for at least a week in a sealed container in the fridge!