A layer of rich dark chocolate, followed by one of marbled sweet white chocolate flavoured with cranberries and matcha green tea. Break this Christmas chocolate bark into pieces and load into bags to make scrumptious festive gifts for loved ones.
Sumptuous rich chocolate whisky truffles made with dark chocolate and fresh cream. Ideal as an after dinner accompaniment to coffee or as a gift.
Raw chocolates are easy to make. They are also said to be much better for you than regular chocolate; more of the beneficial active ingredients in raw cacao are retained. However, I find plain old raw chocolate on its own can be just a teeny bit boring. So I’ve come up with a few ways to make them a bit more interesting.
Making raw chocolate bars is a relatively simple process, it just requires a bit of melting and stirring. I have made a few versions of this type of chocolate, but I’d never thought about trying to make my own “real chocolate bar” – until now. It’s a lot easier than you might think.
This recipe for chocolate peanut butter cups is just so good. Honeyed salty peanut butter enrobed with dark milk chocolate and encrusted with cocoa nibs. They make a fabulous gift or the ultimate self-indulgent treat.
Smooth and soft caramel with the flavours of sweet tart passionfruit and a hint of rosemary enrobed in a rich crisp chocolate casing. The flavours and textures meld perfectly in these passionfruit caramel chocolates. There’s even a video from a master chocolatier to show you exactly how to make them.
Raw chocolate is where it’s at. The interest in raw foods generally is growing and it’s no revelation now that chocolate can be good for you. It has a number of virtues including vitamins, minerals, omega 3 and 6. fatty acids, flavanoids and theobromine. So far, so good. However, this is mitigated against by the processing and additives such as sugar that go into “normal” chocolate. The darker the chocolate the better it will be for you. Raw chocolate does not go through the same heat processing and thus retains more of its beneficial effects. The jury is still out as to whether agave syrup is better or worse for us than sugar. It has a low glycaemic index but is high in fructose.
Who’s tried goat’s cheese chocolate truffles before? If you haven’t you’re in for a surprising treat. They make a fitting end to a dinner party meal and will be much appreciated by any self respecting chocolate and cheese lover on any occasion.
If you like Indian sweets, you’ll love these chocolate hazelnut ladoo. Sweet chocolatey balls are covered in hazelnut chocolate and then coated in roasted hazelnuts. If you’ve never tried Indian sweets, now’s the time to do it.
Have you made your own chocolates before? If not, it’s a lot easier than you might think. Sweet and salty, melting and crunchy, these salted caramelised almond chocolates are pure delight. Flower shapes are entirely optional.