homemade candy, Meyer Lemon, Dessert, chocolate

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.

Molded Chocolates with a tart citrus center

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.

Lemon filled dark chocolate candies

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.

DIY Filled Chocolate Candy

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.

filling chocolates with Meyer lemon

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.

lemon filled chocolate candy

Meyer Lemon Filled Chocolates

Yield: makes about 2 dozen chocolates

Meyer Lemon Filled Chocolates

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • tools
  • candy molds
  • a small paintbrush (like a child's watercolor brush)

Instructions

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To remove the candies, just flip the mold over and tap sharply on the counter, the candies will fall right out!
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/meyer-lemon-filled-chocolates/

Easy and luxurious homemade filled chocolates!

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 :)

lemon filled cnadies

*This post was in association with Chocoley, but all opinions are my own.

Products I used for this project:

Meyer Lemon Filled Chocolates

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31 Responses to Meyer Lemon Filled Chocolates

  1. Lynn Foster says:

    Can you tell me, how do you store these so they don’t start leaking? Do you keep them in the fridge until ready to serve? I have been making homemade chocolates for years and my favourite chocolates are lemon ones bit I have never found a good recipe. I am looking forward to trying this one.mmi have also never heard of a Meyer Lemon, are they sweeter than regular lemons? I always worry about the storing of such a thin centre. I appreciate any help you give me on this. Thank you in advance

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  3. These chocolates are just beautiful, I love the molds you chose!

  4. Rosa says:

    Exquisite!

    Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Amanda says:

    These are absolutely amazing!!!

  6. Karishma says:

    These are gorgeous! I can’t believe they’re so easy to make, they look professional! Yum, I wish I could try some right now. And I love the lemon + chocolate combo.

  7. annie says:

    Chocolate and Meyer lemon?! And they look very fancy!

  8. Barbara says:

    Many thanks for introducing me to Chocoley. Went to their site and loved it!
    Your chocolates turned out beautifully! You’re right, now I’m thinking Valentines Day. Can making chocolates be as easy as this?
    Happy Holidays, Sue. Wish I was on your holiday list! :)

  9. These chocolates turned out so beautiful, Sue.

  10. What a great combination and they are soooo pretty! Lemon is my favorite :) and I love chocolate too – so this is a perfect treat. Have a very Merry Christmas Sue!

  11. Sippitysup says:

    You make it look so easy! happy holidays. GREG

  12. These are wonderful!! I only wish I’d thought to do this with a little more time before Christmas. I may make some and just give them out for NYE instead – why not, right? I love that you chose a Meyer Lemon filling. Just beautiful, thank you for sharing!! I’m off to check out all the different molds :) Happy Holidays!

  13. Susan says:

    Wow, your chocolates look so professional. I’d love to be more proficient at making chocolates like this. The Meyer lemon filling sounds delicious. Happy Holidays, Sue!

  14. Cro Magnon says:

    I’m not a sweet eater, but we always buy a few good quality chocs at Christmas. Yours look delicious; I might try to find a mold for my wife!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Cro! Quality chocolates are getting outrageously priced, am I right? I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

  15. Sue, these chocolates are BEAUTIFUL! They look very professional. I’ve made chocolate once but didn’t have any nice moulds- I need to get myself some nice ones and make a batch of pretty ones!

  16. Velva says:

    I am feeling inspired. I just harvested my meyer lemons and you made these choclates sound so easy…. I may need to go check out the web site. Thanks for sharing the idea.

    Velva

  17. I love lemon chocolates!!!! What a great job that you did. Looks like chocolates from a chocolatier!

  18. I love the look of these chocolates! And so easy too! Bonus!

  19. Marye says:

    These are so pretty… I love meyer lemon, too!

  20. These would make a great holiday gift!

  21. Oh my gosh… I ADORE meyer lemons! These candies wouldn’t last 5 minutes in front of me!

  22. clare says:

    Wow, these look incredible! I love the idea of the lemon curd inside, such a great flavor combination.

  23. Mary says:

    Wow! Sue, you are blowing me away with all your creative Christmas ideas. I LOVE these chocolates and they are beautiful too!

  24. Wow these are beautiful. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this site. I made some chocolate molds last week that I never got around to posting but they weren’t filled or as pretty as these.

    I love the sound of this Meyer lemon filling. It isn’t too sweet with all the confectioners sugar? I’ve never made a filling like that and it sounds very sweet. I love sweet but how sweet is it? It sounds so easy, I guess I will test it out for myself. It would make a nice gift for my hairdresser who I see next week. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sue says:

      You’ll love the site, Vicki, it’s a chocolate playground! As for the lemon, it’s still tart, and the thinner you make the filling, the more tart it is. The sugar reduces down drastically when you add the juice. You can taste as you go and make it exactly as you like.

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