Ringing in the New Year with homemade chocolates

 

On the very sunny Skytrain headed to Vancouver with some homemade chocolates and mandarins in tow!

On the very sunny Skytrain headed to Vancouver with some homemade chocolates and mandarins in tow!

I know it seems intimidating to make candy at home, but chocolate is actually quite easy. You don’t even need a double boiler necessarily, you can just float a heat-safe bowl in a pot of water at a rolling boil, or, honestly a microwave. We melted white and milk chocolate separately to make 4 white chocolate bars and 4 milk chocolate bars. Then we just filled them with bits and goodies we had around the house!

I used a mini loaf pan I have for baking and lined it with small pieces of wax paper and refrigerated the chocolates overnight. In the morning they were the perfect texture! I had a lot of fun sharing them at a New Year’s day get together. 2015 is off to a sweet start. 🙂 You can read about the combinations of goodies I tried in the bars after the jump!

 

Homemade chocolates!

Homemade chocolates!

The combinations we tried:

[li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]banana chips in milk chocolate[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]caramel pieces and coarse salt in milk chocolate[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]chocolate covered espresso beans dusted with ground sugar and coffee in milk chocolate[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]candied citrus (I made recently as a garnish!) in milk chocolate[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]crisp rice cereal and rainbow sprinkles in white chocolatet[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]black sesame seeds and black sesame paste in white chocolate[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]dried cranberries, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and hemp hearts in white chocolate[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-arrow-right”]dark chocolate covered candied ginger in white chocolate[/li]

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