I was just going through some of the recipes in my collection when I came across a recipe for making chocolates at home. This recipe is from an old newspaper cutting dated 1991! My daughter was looking over my shoulder just then and she wanted the both of us to make some. So our chocolate making project was born.
I have made these before and they are not too difficult to do. The ingredients are also easily available. The dough and filling can be made a little ahead, refrigerated, and assembled after a day or two.
If you are looking for the taste and feel of regular chocolates, you may be disappointed. But if you approach these with an open mind and without preconceived “chocolatey” notions, you will be pleasantly surprised. If it is any consolation, these chocolates are a bit lower in calories as there is hardly any added fat in this recipe!
The full taste of these chocolates come through the day after they are made. They keep and so are ideal for gifting and do not need refrigeration.
This is what you need and here is how to make them. The amounts given here are small so you could try making the chocolates in small quantities before proportionately increasing the quantities for larger batches, should you wish to.
For the milk chocolate:
For chocolates with centres:
- Make the chocolate dough by mixing together all the ingredients for the dough and kneading together till uniform and smooth. Pinch off into equal bits the size of a marble.
- To make the fillings, mix the ingredients for the respective fillings together into a smooth dough. Again, pinch off into equal bits a little smaller than the size of a marble.
- To assemble -Take a bit of the milk chocolate dough and press and shape into cups. Put in the desired filling and cover with the chocolate dough, pinching together the joints and roll into smooth balls between your palms. Lightly grease your palms if needed so that the dough doesn't stick.
- Allow the chocolate balls to dry for a few hours and place in paper cups or wrap in decorative foil and pack as desired. If you would like to shape your chocolates, press them into moulds, let them set and then unmould them before wrapping in foil.
- These chocolates do not require refrigeration.