Giving the Gift of Chocolate

pepita chocolates

Pepita Chocolates. source: Kim Lutz

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.

peppermint chocolates

Peppermint Chocolates. source: Kim Lutz



Other Homemade Chocolate Recipes:

Peppermint Chocolates

Makes 18

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. Fill a mini muffin pan with mini muffin papers.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat rice milk until it is just about to boil. Turn off heat.
  3. Stir 1 cup chocolate chips into rice milk, continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Stir crushed candy canes into melted chocolate. Set aside.
  5. In another small saucepan, heat remaining chocolate chips, stirring constantly until about half-way melted.
  6. Remove from heat, and continue to stir until completely melted.
  7. Spoon a small amount (about 1/2 teaspoon) of the melted chocolate into a muffin paper.
  8. Top with approximately 1 teaspoon of peppermint chocolate.
  9. Cover the peppermint chocolate with another 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate.
  10. Continue with remaining papers, one at a time.
  11. 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.

Read all of Kim’s posts here.

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