Have you looked at the ingredients list for your favorite chocolate bar? I am personally turned off by stabilizers such as soy lecithin AND I don’t really like consuming refined sugar if I can avoid it. This Valentines Day, I made each of my Valentines a box of homemade dark chocolates sweetened with honey. It’s so easy, you don’t even need a recipe.
Grab some 100% dark baker’s chocolate from the grocery store. (Get the organic, fair-trade if you can). Make sure you have raw honey and sea salt at home as well. You may also want to grab some add-ins such as dried fruit or nuts. I personally like dried cherries!
If your chocolates are a gift, pick up some candy wrappers and boxes. I found some really cute ones that look like vintage books!
- To make the chocolate, set up a double boiler but putting a couple of inches of water in a small pan and set a heat-safe glass bowl on top of it. Chop up the chocolate and place it in the glass bowl and heat it on medium until the chocolate is melted. Make sure that no water or steam comes in contact with your chocolate or it will seize up. You will be very unhappy if that happens!!
- Stir the melted chocolate to cool it a bit and then add raw honey to taste. I used 8 ounces of chocolate and 1/3 cup of raw honey. You could also sweeten your chocolate with coconut crystals, maple syrup, stevia, or whatever sweetener you like. I just really love honey.
- I like to add a little pinch of salt because I think it makes the sweetness pop. You can add even more if you like the salty-sweet combo.
- Pour your chocolate mixture into silicone candy molds. I bought hearts and mini candy bar molds. ***
- If your candy mold is deep enough, you can add fillings such as chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even…BACON! Yes, it’s all the rage.
- Place the candy in the refrigerator to let it set up, then fill your candy boxes!
***If you don’t have the time or $$ to get silicone candy molds, you can spread the chocolate mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle your toppings over the top and you have chocolate bark. OR, you can make it plain and chop it up for your own homemade chocolate chips!!
See how easy that was?! I hope you get a chance to try this soon…It would be a super fun activity to do with kids
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