I was going to include the word ‘fancy’ in the title of this post, because these candies do look awfully fancy, but then I thought you’d get the entirely wrong idea about them, they’re a cinch to make! I teamed up with my favorite diy chocolate making site, Chocoley, to share them with you. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to create these gorgeous filled chocolates, it was as easy as melting the chocolate…the mold does all the work, and you get to take the credit…good deal! I set aside an afternoon for the project and I was finished in no time…I actually had time to wrap the stack of presents that I’ve been tripping over all week. I’m sorry, but cookies are so yesterday, my friends are getting chocolate for Christmas.
Making your own filled chocolates taps into those candy fantasies that set in when we were kids…remember Gumdrop Mountain? And just like anything else you make homemade, you can actually make better candy than you can buy, with fresher, higher quality ingredients. AND you can do it so much more affordably. Last Christmas I was browsing in a fancy little shop and as I was checking out, there were uber cute chocolate candies for sale on the counter. I grabbed one and popped it in my mouth before asking how much…they were $6 A PIECE!! Never again… now I make my own.
On the Chocoley site you will find the melting chocolate, the molds, and even flavor extracts to make an endless variety of candies in your own special favorite flavors. Me? I dream of citrus, so I made a dark chocolate candy filled with tart Meyer lemon. To. Die. For.
You can choose from tons of different shaped molds, I like these small intricate shapes. All you have to do is melt the chocolate, fill the molds about half full, and then swish the chocolate around with a small paintbrush to coat the entire surface. That sets up in the fridge briefly, and then you can add your filling. My filling is a very intense lemon, and it’s more liquid than a cream, so I drizzled it in and then topped it with a final coat of chocolate. The whole thing takes just minutes to do and I was amazed at how easily the chocolate pops right out of the molds. They have a gorgeous sheen to them, too.
I wanted a very lemony filling for these, so I just mixed pure Meyer lemon juice with confectioner’s sugar for a super tangy flavor. You could also make a lemon buttercream for a milder effect.
- 2 cups Chocoley Bada Bing Bada Boom Dark Gourmet Compound Chocolate
- the juice of 1 Meyer Lemon
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar (approximate)
- yellow gel food coloring (optional)
- candy molds
- a small paintbrush (like a child's watercolor brush)
- Measure out about a heaping cup of chocolate pieces and put them in a microwave safe glass measuring cup. (I like to work in batches, so repeat for more candies)
- Microwave for 1 minute, then stir the mixture until it is smooth and glossy. Microwave in short 10 second bursts if it is not completely melted.
- Fill each cavity of your chocolate mold about halfway full. Use your brush to move the chocolate around so that it coats the entire surface of the mold. Put the mold in the refrigerator to set, this will only take about 15-20 minutes.
- Make your filling by measuring out your sugar and adding the lemon juice to it. Stir well until you have a thick glossy mixture. Add more sugar or more lemon as needed to get a good consistency for your filling. It can be more or less lemony depending on how thin you make it.
- Dab or drizzle a bit of the filling into each chocolate mold. Don't put in too much or you will have trouble covering it with the final layer of chocolate.
- For the top layer of chocolate, you will want to completely cover the lemon filling, so I found the best way was to drizzle the chocolate on in a back and forth motion to cover the whole surface of the filling, that way the filling stays in place better.
- When the molds are completely filled, rap them firmly on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles, and put them in the fridge for about 3o minutes, or until set.
- To remove the candies, just flip the mold over and tap sharply on the counter, the candies will fall right out!
I highly recommend Chocoley, it’s a virtual wonderland for do-it-yourself chocolatiers. If you still need a last minute gift for a foodie in your life, a gift certificate to this site would be great. Or maybe you just want to get a jump on Valentine’s Day. I’d like one of everything :)
*This post was in association with Chocoley, but all opinions are my own.
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