Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Molded Chocolate

All I can say is... the endless possibilities of candy making if there is a bag of chocolate in my pantry. Seriously!!! All I need is variety of candy molds.

So two weeks ago, I posted an easy no baked snacks using melted chocolate. This post is even easier. I figure why not make my own chocolate candy. And it doesn't get easier than pouring the melted chocolate into different molds. They  are also perfect for lunchbox treats.

After making many molded chocolate, I prefer using silicon to plastic molds. For one thing, they are easier to release the chocolate treats. But these silicon molds are hard to find and much more expensive than the plastic ones. There are so many options out there, so choose any mold that is within your budget.

Molded Chocolate 

1/2 - 1 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet, dark, or white)
Varieties of candy molds
  1. Set the molds in a baking tray and set them aside.
  2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl.
  3. Microwave the chocolate chips for 30 seconds.
  4. Stir then microwave it in 10 seconds interval until the chocolate is melted.
  5. Spoon the melted chocolate into the molds.
  6. Tap the molds a few times to get rid of the bubbles.
  7. Place the chocolate molds in the fridge until the chocolate sets.
  8. Once ready, turn the mold upside down and tape it a few times until the chocolate falls off. Enjoy the chocolate as is or use it to decorate your something sweeter, like a Halloween cupcake.
STORING: Keep the molded chocolate in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.

Allergy Info: Use the chocolates according to your food allergy diet. I continue to use Enjoy Life chocolate as my kids' current diet is to avoid dairy and legumes. Currently, I cannot find a dairy free white chocolate.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chocolate Brownies Cookies

The other day, I was craving brownies but just didn't have the patient to wait for them to bake. Instead of baking regular two bites brownies, I decided to bake them in a cookie pan.

Talk about fast. The cookies were done exactly ten minutes. I know, it's only 10 minutes faster than the two bites brownies. But really, I was hungry!!!

The chocolate brownie cookies had a slight crunch on the edges and moist in the middle. Luv them!!! My craving was satisfied.

Since these cookies spread while baking, using a cookie or whoopie pie pan helps hold the cookie shapes.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies
makes 12

1 my two bite chocolate brownies recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degree. Set aside the cookie pan.
  2. Make my two bite chocolate brownies recipe with an option of adding in flax seeds, nuts, and extra chocolate chips. 
  3. Using a small scooper, place a scoop of brownie batter in each cavity of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for exactly 10 minutes.
  5. Let the cookies cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Run the frosting knife around the edge of the cookie.
  7. Then using a spatula to pick up the cookie and place it in a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!!! NOTE: Be gentle when pickup the cookies as they are really soft in the middle.
STORING: Place these chocolate brownie cookies in an air tight container at a room temperature for up to 3 days.

Allergy Info: These chocolate brownie cookies are free from or can be made without dairy, corn, legumes (soy), nuts, and fish.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chocolate Covered Snacks

October, to me, is a start of baking and making a lot of something sweeter. For this month, I'd like to post easy sweets, starting of with chocolate covered snacks.

So think about it, what exactly are in those prepackaged snacks that have chocolate covered on them? Are chocolate covered raisins really just chocolate covered the raisins? Are chocolate covered pretzels really just that... chocolate covered pretzels? Nope.

Case in point, this is a copy and paste of ingredients from dark chocolate covered pretzels: Dark Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Milkfat, Milk, Soy Lecithin, Artificial and Natural Flavor), Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Corn Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Barley Malt (Barley, Wheat, Flour, Dextrose), Sodium Bicarbonate.
See, I told you. Do you really wanna eat them for snack? But what if you can make them at home with clean prepackaged foods? And no baking involved. Yes, I said it. No baking!!!
Two products you will need for the chocolate covered snacks. First, find your allergy free chocolate chips. Then find something that you want to cover with chocolate like pretzels, raisins, or nuts. Now let's covered them babies.
Chocolate Covered Snacks
makes as many as you like
1/2 cup or more semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
products such as pretzels, raisins, graham crackers, nuts, or marshmallows
  1. Place a nonstick matt or a parchment paper on the baking pan.
  2. Place about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl.
  3. Microwave it for 30 seconds, then 9 seconds interval until the chocolate is melted. NOTE: You can also melt chocolate chips using a double boiler. I prefer microwaving for speed.
  4. Dip your preferred snacks into the melted chocolate.
  5. Place the chocolate covered snacks on the prepared pan.
  6. Refrigerate them until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. TIP: Freeze them for at least 5 minutes to set the chocolate faster.
  7. Enjoy them for movie snacks, school lunch sweet treats, or just when the chocolate craving hits hard.
STORING: Store these chocolate covered snacks in a container in a fridge for up to 2 weeks.