Christmas is right around the corner and before you know it, you’ll blink and it’s time to exchange gifts.
But what do you get for that acquaintance – that person you sorta’ know and need to gift something, but you don’t know the slightest thing they might want.
Kinda similar to the folks you’d give cookies too.
Cookies are great, but they’re kinda overdone right? I mean, that person is getting cookies from at least 5 other people, guaranteed.
Give something with a homemade touch that is infinitely easier and less time-consuming than cookies – homemade chocolate bars! And this works for more than just the holidays – party favors, teacher gifts, wedding favors, get well gifts, thinking of you or congrats…
The options are endless.
And like my white chocolate covered popcorn (also a great gift in this situation), this is another recipe where it’s like, “Do we really need a recipe for this?”
Well, I’d like to at least pass along some information that might make your experience that much better – and it’s just so fun!
Starting with your molds. Here is the one I used above. But there are a ton for all different occasions: a Geometric design, this cool diamond bar, a smart phone, ‘LOVE‘ for romantic occasions, gemstones, leaves or a wood grain bar for a rustic touch, or snowflakes.
And, also, don’t laugh at me y’all. I had a major fail with this. I mean, it’s still delicious but HO BOY. This Merry Christmas mold makes GIANT chocolate bars. There’s a divider in the mold that is about 1/4 of the full depth. Do yourself a favor and stop at that divider or even slightly over it.
Do not, I repeat: do not fill it all the way up unless you want giant 3/4″ thick bars. I mean, if that’s what you want, go for it. 40 oz. of chocolate (that’s 4 bags of chocolate chips) will yield 6 bars if you do it this way, but if you stop at that divider you can get about 12 bars out of this thing.
As for customizing these – feel free to bring in the kids for a fun activity. Line up bowls of cookie crumbs, dried fruit, nuts, other candy, marshmallows, crushed candy canes and of course SPRINKLES!
And above all, just have fun!
Until next time. x
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Make Your Own Chocolate Bars
Make your own chocolate bars are great for any occasion, from Christmas to a Get Well basket, everyone loves chocolate!
- 40 oz. chocolate of your choice
- 4 crushed candy canes
- Festive sprinkles
- OR toppings of your choice
- Place your mold on a sheet pan or other large, flat surface you can easily move.
- Gently melt the chocolate, chopped coarsely, either by using a double boiler (a heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water) or a microwave in 30 second intervals.
- Pour the chocolate into the mold (see notes for details) and gently lift and drop the sheet pan, tapping to release any trapped air. Run a dough scraper along the surface to even it out. Sprinkle your toppings on top and very gently press to make sure it adheres.
- Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour, or at room temperature for at least 2 hours, until hardened.
- Remove from the mold, separate into bars and enjoy!
40 oz of chocolate will either yield 6 giant bars if you fill the molds completely. If you stop at the dividers (or slightly above) it will yield 12 bars.
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