Homemade Chocolate Brazils – Covered in Caramel and Dark Chocolate
These homemade chocolate Brazils may not be quite as healthy as the sugar-free We Should Cocoa challenge I have set for January, but they were jolly delicious and contained only a small amount of sugar. They are also suitable for vegans.
Brazil nuts are high in selenium, a trace element we are short of in British soils. This is a shame as it’s reputed to be mood enhancing, immune system boosting and has anti-cancer properties. It’s also said to be good for the skin and circulatory systems. The chocolate coating I used was a dark 72%, so it can also said to be quite healthy, really.
Homemade Chocolate Brazils
There was plenty of chocolate left over from making the rosemary chocolate truffles last month, so I thought I’d try experimenting with my own version of homemade chocolate Brazils. I envisaged a Brazil nut coated in crunchy caramel then enrobed in dark chocolate. I just needed to see if I could make it happen.
Homemade Chocolate Brazils – The Recipe
These Brazils are easier to make than you might expect. They're a definite step up form traditional chocolate Brazils and make an excellent homemade gift, especially at Christmas.
- 150 g golden caster sugar
- 200 g Brazil nuts
- 200 g dark vegan chocolate
- Pour the sugar sugar into a large pan and place over a low heat.
- When the sugar has liquified and turned a light caramel colour, add the Brazil nuts and stir to coat.
Pour onto a wooden board and quickly separate out the Brazils so they don't stick together. Leave for a few minutes to set.
Melt the chocolate slowly in a bowl set over a pan of not quite simmering water, stirring once the chocolate has nearly melted.
- Dip the caramel coated Brazil nuts into the chocolate and place on some greaseproof paper to set.
- Place in pretty boxes or tie up in cellophane bags with a ribbon.
For a salted caramel version, add a pinch of salt to the sugar as it caramelises.
Swap milk chocolate for dark, if you prefer, or use a mixture of both.
If you want the chocolate Brazils to last a few weeks, you'll need to temper the chocolate. Otherwise, they should be good for a few days.
Other Tin and Thyme homemade chocolate recipes you might like
- Chocolate hazelnut ladoo
- Chocolate peanut butter cups
- Goat’s cheese chocolate truffles
- Passionfruit & rosemary caramels
- Raw chocolate with cashew cream
- Salted caramelised almond chocolates
- Whisky truffles with dark chocolate and fresh cream
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