I have a lot of friends with birthdays around this time of year so I always struggle with little things to add to their gifts. This year I’ve been making a lot of filled chocolates using my tray from Daiso.

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You can get these little trays at any cake shop but I like this one from Daiso because it is silicon and therefore easy to wash and get the chocolates out of.

This tray can only do two chocolates at once, one macaron shape and one heart shape but it’s really cute so I don’t mind having to do them in batches.

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You need:

  • White chocolate
  • Gel food colour
  • Icing sugar
  • Flavours, I’m using strawberry


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Step one is to melt the white chocolate. I just do it in the microwave in a ceramic container rather than a double boiler. If you’re using the microwave then heat it to about half melted, 10 seconds at a time and then just stir until it’s fully melted. The ceramic retains heat so it will easily melt the rest of the chocolate.

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Add a drop of food dye and mix it really well. As white chocolate contains more fat it will separate with liquid more easily so make sure to use gel not liquid colour and mix very vigourously.

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Now pour chocolate to the line in the tray. My tray’s lines are quite inaccurate so I usually ignore it.

 

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While the chocolate is still hot add the top part of the tray and press it down until the chocolate hits the top.

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Refrigerate until it’s totally solid again.

In the mean time let’s make a simple filling. Pour out some icing sugar (maybe 2 table spoons) and add a drop of flavouring.

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Mix well and add a few drops of water. Mix between each drop of water so you can be control of what consistency the filling has. Chocolate ganache makes a delicious filling too for something a little less sweet. You want it to be a fairly thick consistency but not lumpy and hard.

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Pull out your chocolate halves and fill each with icing.

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Add a tiny amount of white chocolate with a toothpick to the halves so they stick and then press them together.

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Back in the fridge to set a little more and they are ready to eat!

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Yum yum, I prefer to eat the left over melted chocolate still in the bowl, there’s nothing better than melted white chocolate 😀

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These make perfect little gifts and it’s always nicer to get something handmade with some thought in it!

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Let me know if you make some!