Giving the Gift of Chocolate
The holidays present a quandry. There’s the desire to give gifts from the heart and the absolute time crunch of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and of course partying that dominate this time of year.
What can a well-meaning gift giver do?
Make your own candies! Homemade chocolates are delicious, and because they come from your own hands they are definitely a personal gift. Best of all, homemade chocolates look impressive, but are actually pretty easy to pull off. Keeping the ingredients simple ensures that you can give a tasty gift that even friends with dietary restrictions can enjoy.
These Peppermint Chocolates have a minty ganache filling inside a crisp chocolate exterior.
Other Homemade Chocolate Recipes:
- Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
- Pepita Chocolates
- Chocolate Fudge
- Peppermint Patty Rice Crispy Treats
- 1/4 cup rice milk or coconut milk beverage
- 2 1/2 cups allergy-free, gluten-free chocolate chips
- 5 tablespoons crushed allergy-free, gluten-free candy canes
- Fill a mini muffin pan with mini muffin papers.
- In a small saucepan, heat rice milk until it is just about to boil. Turn off heat.
- Stir 1 cup chocolate chips into rice milk, continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted.
- Stir crushed candy canes into melted chocolate. Set aside.
- In another small saucepan, heat remaining chocolate chips, stirring constantly until about half-way melted.
- Remove from heat, and continue to stir until completely melted.
- Spoon a small amount (about 1/2 teaspoon) of the melted chocolate into a muffin paper.
- Top with approximately 1 teaspoon of peppermint chocolate.
- Cover the peppermint chocolate with another 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate.
- Continue with remaining papers, one at a time.
- Cover muffin pan with waxed paper, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Kim Lutz is a vegan mom to two boys, and lives with her rocker husband, dog and cat. She is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes and the gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan website, welcomingkitchen.com. Kim is the co-author with Megan Hart, MS, RD, LD, of two other cookbooks.
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