Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Valentine's Day Part 2

 
Like my friend Esther, I’m not a huge fan of commercial celebrations that will mislead you to spend all your money for candy and flowers. Valentine’s Day is such a thing, but as always in your life you can make the most out of it. I like the thought of it- a day to show love to someone special (which you can do every day, but what the heck), to give something to him/her that shows how much he/she means to you. However, why spend so much money on things when you can easily do them yourself?


DIY Chocolate Candy

What you need is:

  • ice cube tray in whatever shape you like (heart-shaped is recommended), alternatively you can use professional silicone trays
  • dark chocolate
  • white chocolate (for decoration)
  • marzipan
  • nougat
  • jelly (take your pick)
  • for look and taste: food colouring, rum, almonds (optional)


For marzipan and jelly-filled hearts:

  1. Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave or a double-boiler
  2. With a spoon fill the chocolate into the tray, spin it until the walls are coated and pour out the rest, let it dry in the fridge (you may want to repeat that process a few times)
  1. Cut the marzipan into chunks and mix it with a little milk
  2. Put it in your microwave (low temperature) or melt it in a double- boiler
  3. Fill it into a plastic bag cutting a hole into it (to get a piping bag)
  4. With the piping bag fill the marzipan into the moulds

  1. While letting it dry heat up the jelly until it’s fluid and fill it into the moulds
  2. Seal the moulds with a layer of dark chocolate
  3. Now melt the white chocolate and with a piping bag decorate it
Variation: Fill the moulds only with jelly:


For marzipan and nougat candy:

  1. Cut marzipan and nougat into square slices and stack them together
  2. With a fork dip the “cubes” into the dark chocolate
  3. Decorate it with an almond

Variation:
  1. Colour the marzipan and make little balls out of it, then dip it into the chocolate (you can make balls out of nougat as well)


Voilà:


Now put it in a cute box and give it to your beloved!




1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, I love how these turned out! Marzipan + nougat sounds absolutely divine. Great tutorial!

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