Chocolate Made Easy
There’s no doubt about it, chocolate making is fun. It’s also usually messy and results can be unpredictable – or is that just me? Chocolate at Home have taken all of the difficulties out of the activity but have cunningly kept the fun bit in place. They’ve created chocolate making kits that not only make the process easy, but turn out tasty and good looking chocolates. Perfect as a Christmas (or any other time) gift for a chocolate loving friend or relation, these would also be a fun activity for the whole family.
I was sent their entire range to try: two chocolate truffle kits, a dark and a milk, a dessert canapé kit and a reindeer chocolate lollipop kit. I wanted to save the dark chocolate kit and reindeer lollipops for Christmas, so I kicked things off with the milk chocolate truffle kit. This comprehensive kit contains everything you need to make 21 large truffles, bar a bit of basic kitchen equipment. The part that made this particularly easy was the provision of chocolate shells to pipe the truffle mixture into. This avoided much of the mess often associated with truffle making. But the fun part of dipping the truffle shells in melted chocolate is not omitted – phew! The final stage is to coat the chocolates in a crunchy mix of roasted and caramelised hazelnuts.
The kit costs £12.95 and can be bought direct from the Chocolate At Home website. The ingredients weigh 450g and include:
- 125g Belgian milk chocolate (32%)
- 200g milk truffle filling
- 21 milk chocolate truffle shells (35%)
- 50 chopped roasted hazelnuts
- 50g chopped caramelised hazelnuts
- Piping bag
- Instruction leaflet
I was tempted to go off-piste in my usual fashion and add some alcohol to the truffles, but in the end I thought I ought to just follow the instructions and see where they led me. They were both detailed and helpful, all but the melting chocolate part that is. It was assumed that everyone has a microwave, I don’t and suspect I’m not the only one; instructions on how to melt chocolate using a bain-marie would have been helpful. Luckily, I knew what to do and everything worked just as it should. I was very happy with the finished product.
I was impressed with the quality of the kit, which came in a sturdy reusable box lined with orange tissue paper. The piping bag was a good strong one and quite large too, which made filling it particularly simple. However, in addition to the microwave assumption already mentioned, I had a couple of quibbles.
- I would have preferred to have a higher cocoa content in the chocolate which would have made the chocolates a little richer and less sweet.
- The truffle filling contained vegetable fat, which I would rather not see added to chocolate. As everything else seemed to be of good quality, I can only assume this would have been part of the preservation process and that the kits would not be viable if fresh cream or butter was used.
The truffles tasted good and the nutty coating made them particularly scrumptious. I thought they might be overly sweet for CT, but he wolfed a couple down appreciativly and said they were delicious. They looked good too. I gifted a few to the lovely ladies down at Affina who give the best massages ever and always go out of their way to make you feel pampered and valued.
I had some melted chocolate and nuts left over at the end, so mixed these together and filled twelve dinosaur chocolate moulds that I was kindly given by Sisley over at Sew White a couple of years ago.
Thanks for Chocolate At Home for sending me their chocolate making kits to try out. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.