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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Homemade Chocolates with flavored Butter-cream filling

I picked up these cute heart gift boxes the other day at the dollar store.  I wanted to make something special for Ryan's teachers for Valentine's Day.  I got these boxes, but didn't have a clue what to put in them.  Then I remembered something I made last year, Homemade Heart Chocolates with Strawberry Butter-cream filling.
Here is the box filled with these yummy sweet treats!
My friend Faith gave me this recipe a few years back.  I had never thought of making my own chocolates.  That was completely foreign to me!  She made them for a party and they were delicious!  I have since made them for at least our Valentine get togethers.

Butter-cream filling:
3 tablespoons softened (slightly melted) butter
1 cup powdered sugar (add more to stiffen the filling, if needed)
1/2 teaspoon extract or flavoring (I've used strawberry, peppermint, and raspberry.  You can use any flavoring or extract you can find or desire).

Mix together butter and powdered sugar.  Continue to add powdered sugar until the filling is thick and paste like.  You will want it where you can mold it into a shape or ball.
Then add your extract.  If it smooths out too much, add some more powdered sugar.
For a Chocolate Butter-cream:
Follow the same instructions as above but use vanilla extract plus about 3 tablespoons of cocoa and reduce powdered sugar by about 3 tablespoons.

Chocolate
1 package Chocolate Bark Coating or 1 package melting chocolate (found in the craft area of larger supermarkets).  You can also mix these for a nice combination.
Double Boiler

Place about 3 bars of bark coating in your double boiler.  Stir frequently with a spatula.  Be careful not to scorch.
Take off the heat when chocolate is almost fully melted.  If it starts to harden, put over heat again.
Pour a small amount of chocolate into your mold, just enough to shape the bottom.  Tap down once all the spots have been filled. (I am using a mold from IKEA, which is not meant for chocolate candy making.  The normal plastic candy making sheets will help make the candy shiny, which you will notice mine is not).
Here they are a little less than half full.
Roll a ball or log shape and place in each spot.
Fill the remainder of each spot with chocolate and tap down again.  It will be fine if it is slightly under filled or over filled.
Place the mold in the freezer for 8 to 10 minutes.  If you use the candy making sheets, only put it in your freezer for 3 to 4 minutes.  Don't let the chocolates stay in the freezer too much longer or it will be hard to pop them out of the mold.

Pop the hearts out of the mold and place them in a container to store.  Here are my hearts in the gift box and picture of one by itself.
These are great to make for any holiday or for a simple gift for someone.  You can also fill them with peanut butter and other types of fillings.

Make this sweet treat for those you love this Valentine's Day!

Enjoy!










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13 comments:

  1. They sound delicious.
    I wanted to let you know that I gave you the Stylish Blogger award. Go check out the post at http://funkymomcards.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  2. great minds think alike... I made some using icecream... please come link this to our party over here: http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/project-party-weekend-heart-shaped-ice.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Wow! Those look fantastic! And much more simple than I would have imagined :)

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  4. i think im going to make these next time i need a gift! They look great!

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  5. oh wow this looks so yummy! and easy too! I'm definately making these! thanx for the recipe:D

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  6. Yummy! I'm bookmarking these, and I'll be sure to link back to you if I ever get a chance to make them :)

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  7. Oooh, YUM!! I bet orange filling would be good too.

    I'd love it if you'd come over and link this up to Favorite Things Friday. It's open until Weds.


    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-no-11.html

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  8. Yumm!! I love these! I hope that you dont mind that I featured it on my blog:

    http://karinaschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/02/crafty-inspirations.html

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  9. those look delicious! I think I'll have to try making them, thanks! ~Merrilee

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  10. Those chocolates sound really yummy!

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  11. Wow! My sweet Dad used to get buttercream filled chocolates from a place in Virginia. He used to hide them from me, I think for fun, but I always found them. I have looked for a long time for a recipe to copy them with no luck. This just looks like it could be the one! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Yum! This would make the perfect gift.

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