Everyone in my family loves homemade chocolate. They all love chocolates made from chocolate compound. For a variation, I used chopped nuts and raisins.
Though many feel eating chocolate tends to weight gain, but there are hosts of medically proven ways in which chocolate — good chocolate, which is to say dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of around seventy per cent or more — really is good for us.
Dark chocolate is mineral rich and is packed with minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium. A 100g bar of dark chocolate provides 67 % of the RDA of iron.
Here are few reasons (health benefits) which I have heard why you should eat more of chocolate:
- Chocolate makes you feel better and is good for your brain. It acts as a mood enhancer.
- It’s good for the heart and circulation.
- It reduces risk of stroke/cardiovascular problems.
- It’s mineral rich.
- It may prevent diabetes.
- It reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL).
- You must have heard of chocolate facials in many beauty parlors. Yes, chocolates are good for your skin as they are high in anti-oxidants and contain anti-ageing properties too. Go in for the chocolate facial and pamper yourself.
So, let’s start eating healthy with a piece of chocolate a day!!
Dark Chocolate Compound – 200 gms slab
Milk Chocolate Compound – 200 gms slab
Nuts of your choice – As needed
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 3 mins
Resting time – 15-20 mins
Total time – 30 mins including resting time
Serves – 20 nos.
You can either use a microwave or double boiler method for tempering the chocolate. I have used microwave method, which I find relatively easier. Refer to the notes in case you don’t have an oven and want to make homemade chocolates.
- Chop the compound slab into small pieces using a knife. You can also break them using your hands.
- Lightly dry roast the nuts and chop them finely.
- Take the chopped slab in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at high (900W) for 2-3 minutes stirring after every 30 secs. This ensures that the dark and white compounds melt and mix evenly. Mine got melted in about 21/2 minutes.
- Now, add in the finely chopped nuts (I used walnuts, almonds and raisins) directly to the melted chocolate and pour onto the chocolate molds. I have used both silicone as well as plastic molds. Both are good.
- Pat the molds on the kitchen counter by holding on both sides so that we get a smooth and finished look.
- Keep the molds inside the fridge for 15-20 mins for setting.No need to keep it inside the freezer.
- Once they are set, unmold them by tapping at the backside of the mold and remove the chocolates carefully.
- Wrap it in colorful wrappers or relish it straight out of the fridge.
You need not refrigerate them once set. Just store it in a cool and dry place. At our home, they hardly allow me to wrap or store it. All the chocolates vanish as they are unmolded.
- I used ‘Morde’ brand chocolate compound. You can use any brand that is available in the market.
- If you have stored the compound in the fridge, leave them outside until they reach room temperature and proceed with making of the chocolate.
- Always remember the compound slab is chopped into uniform pieces to ensure even melting. Never try to melt large bars or blocks.
- Ensure that your working area, chopping board and knife are free from water. Avoid all contact with water. Any contact with water might spoil the preparation.
- Do not leave the side of your oven as there are chances that the preparation might get burnt. Also, stirring at regular intervals ensures that the dark and white compounds melt and mix evenly.
- Alternatively, you can temper the chocolate using a double boiler method. Place a bowl with water (fill about ½ mark of the vessel with water) on a stove top. Place another bowl on top of this bowl and keep the chopped chocolate inside this bowl. Ensure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Your double boiler is ready. Stir the chocolate frequently with a spatula. Follow the steps above for setting the chocolates.
- While I roasted and chopped walnuts and almonds before adding, I directly added the raisins.
- Homemade chocolates make for excellent edible gifts during festivals like Diwali and Christmas. Just wrap the chocolates in pretty colored papers and gift them to family and friends.