Presentation can make such a difference! I love these little boxes. I will confess however to finding the folding part of putting the boxes together so hard. I asked my 10 year old daughter to have a try and see what she could do.
She managed to get the first one together, but the corners were still a little rough. I was happy with it as it was so much better than what I could do, but she persisted and worked on another to make them just right. Not sure what I would have done if I didn’t have her help!
I bought these boxes from a local chocolate shop Sissy’s Gourmet Delights. They actually run classes where you can make all sorts of amazing chocolate treats.
The chocolate moulds I picked up from ALDI on a sale a few months ago. I have never used chocolate moulds like these before so was not sure how well they would work, but the worked fantastically well.
I put them in the fridge half an hour before I used them to chill them. The chocolates popped out with no problems and made beautifully formed chocolates.
I had some green decorative dust, that I thought might look nice on top of the chocolates. I have seen chocolates with a dust, glitter on the top of them and thought if I sprinkled some into the moulds first this would work. Unfortunately it didn’t really come off the way I wanted to as you can see below!
- 500 grams good quality dark chocolate
- 75 grams macadamia nuts
- 50 grams almonds
- 50 grams goji berries
- Place moulds in the fridge to chill them for 30 minutes before using.
- Chop up almonds and goji berries into small pieces to use as toppings for some chocolate discs.
- The professional way to temper chocolate would be to use a double boiler over water etc. I however took a s short cut and tempered it in the microwave. To do this you need to break the chocolate up into pieces in a heavy microwave safe bowl.
- Melt on high for about 90 seconds. Check the chocolate and stir around, so the pieces that are unmelted are coated in melted chocolate.
- Melt again for 20 seconds and repeat this process until all the chocolate is melted.
- For the moulds you are going to add macadamia nuts to, spoon in chocolate to fill the mould about a third of the way.
- Add the macadamia nut, then spoon chocolate in so the mould is full of chocolate.
- For the moulds with no filling, spoon the chocolate so as they are full.
- Pick up and gently drop the moulds a couple of times to release any air pockets.
- Use a knife or a flat sharp object and smooth out the chocolate so they will have a flat bottom.
- To make the chocolate discs, spoon the chocolate into patty pans to your desired thickness, then sprinkle with almonds and goji berries.
- Place all chocolates in the fridge for about an hour.
- Once set, place a sheet of baking paper on the bench and pop the chocolates out of the moulds.
- Peel the patty pans off the discs and place on the baking paper.
- To the truffle papers add the chocolates.
- Place five chocolates into each box.
- Add the cardboard holder to the box, then slip the cover onto the chocolates.
- Place a sticker or ribbon on the box and you are ready to deliver you box of handmade chocolates!
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