Chocolates make the best gift for almost everyone. This homemade chocolates recipe is super simple and uses ingredients we commonly have around the house.
::Here is what you will need:
- Candy Cups (got my 100 count package at Michael’s for $1.99)
- Bag of Milk Chocolate Chips (Check out Fred Meyer this week)
- Small spoon (I like to use small toddler spoons, but teaspoons will work)
- Tray (I often use a cookie sheet when I am making large quantities)
Start by melting a handful of chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. They won’t be melted, but stir anyway. Put them in for another 15 seconds and stir. If still not completely melted, microwave for 15 more seconds. As you stir them together, they should continue to melt.
When chocolate has been stirred until smooth, put a spoonful in a candy cup, then smash the chocolate against the sides of the cup with your spoon, until the candy cup is coated with chocolate. Continue to fill as many cups as you wish to make.
Put the cups on your tray and place them in the fridge. They take about half an hour to harden, but I often leave them overnight.
::Here is what you will need
1 cup peanut butter (I stock up on this when it is free)
8 oz. cream cheese (These often go on sale for $1.00 or less)
1 tsp. vanilla (I always have this in my cupboard)
Brown sugar to taste ( I buy this on sale for $2.00 or less)
To make the filling, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add peanut butter, then remaining ingredients. When the filling is smooth, pipe or spoon portions into your prepared chocolate candy cups. Store your chocolates in the fridge until you deliver (or eat yourself!)
I like to put these in a nice box with plastic wrap and a ribbon, when I give them away!
Now this recipe has a peanut butter filling, but here are some other fillings you can try.
1 cup chocolate chips
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. whipped cream
Heat chips until smooth. Beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Beat in cooled chocolate. Fold in whipped cream.
8 oz. cream cheese
½ cup caramel topping, chilled
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in caramel. (Is great with your favorite nut.)
4 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
3 T. jam (strawberry or raspberry are yummy)
¼ cup whipped cream
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, then jam. Fold in whipped cream