Homemade Gluten Free Chocolates

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Gluten Free homemade chocolates are just the best. They are a part of our family traditions each year at Christmastime. A tad messy but ohhhhhh so deliciously yummy! Meg’s favorite homemade chocolate recipe is pictured in the pot above. It’s a mixture of melted chocolate, finely chopped pretzels, finely chopped mixed nuts, finely chopped dried cranberries and toffee bits. Yummo! Such a wonderful combination of ingredients.

The pot pictured on top of the above photo is sitting in a larger pot of water that was previously boiling. Just keep stirring until a smoothy consistency is achieved. The larger chocolate pot is full of the recipe. I also use a double boiler. Simply put about an inch of water in the lower double boiler pot and bring to a boil. Shut off heat and place second pot with candy pieces to melt sitting on top of the first pot. Stir until melted completely. You may need to reheat water and repeat process to melt. Add water to lower pot as necessary to keep from becoming empty. I don’t care to use the microwave to melt chocolates, as that tends to dry out and even burn chocolate.

Meg’s Favorite Homemade Chocolate Recipe

1 lb light cocoa (milk chocolate) candy melting pieces 1/3 cup finely chopped gluten free pretzels 1/3 cup finely chopped gluten free toffee chips 1/3 cup finely chopped mixed nuts 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cranberries

Melt chocolate pieces in a double boiler or other method as mentioned above. Add the next four ingredients and mix well. Use a tiny baby spoon to spoon chocolate mixture into paper cups that are placed on a cookie sheet. Gently lift cookie sheet above counter top and gently tap several times on counter top to settle chocolate in cups. Place in freezer for about 3 minutes. This step give the candies a nice glossy, pretty finish. Place candies in a cellophane bag and close bag with a beautiful ribbon and gift tag. These lovely gift bags make thoughtful gifts for the mailman, your hard working trash pickup folks, hair stylists, school teachers, Sunday School teachers, neighbors and elderly friends. Your children will enjoy making these treats with you. Trust me…..everyone loves homemade chocolates!

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Get your ingredients all together. I pop into a local candy supply store right around Thanksgiving to stock up on what I need to begin my Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory fun. You can even go into a large retail store to stock up as well. I like to use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some colorful candy pieces as well as white candy pieces. These paper cups make a festive presentation for Christmas. There are also other holiday themed paper cups as well as many sizes.  These small paper cups require a tiny spoon to fill the cups. I use baby spoons in multiple sizes to keep the cups very neat and clean looking.

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The photo above on the left is of a mounds candy makeover. I used dark chocolate melting pieces as well as red candy pieces for some of the bows. I put a spoonful of melted chocolate into the candy mold. I hand rolled some of the coconut dough (purchased at my favorite local candy making supply store)  and placed the rolls into the spoonful of melted chocolate. Then I added another spoonful of melted chocolate on top. A new paintbrush works well to neatly smooth melted chocolate around coconut rolls. To make the pretty bows, I first used a paintbrush to brush on red melted candies. The molds were then placed flat in the freezer for 2 minutes to set the red bows. Then the melted dark chocolate was added along with the coconut rolls.  Stick candies back in freezer for about 3 minutes to get that glossy shine. Don’t be intimated by these few steps. It really is so easy. After you have done it once the next time is even easier.

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Until next time, Rose

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