Post # 1
I’ve had a few thoughts about favors, one of them being making jam, but I also thought making chocolates could be a nice gift. Has anyone done this before? I tend to take on things that are way too complicated and time consuming, but I feel like these could be done a couple weeks ahead and manageable with some help. We’re having our wedding on Cape Cod so I thought these seashell chocolates would be really cute:
Would this be crazy?
Post # 3
i’ve never made straight-up chocolates before, but i’ve heard that they can be tricky (you have to carefully control the temperature so they retain the right color and texture).
what i find much easier are truffles. you essentially chop up chocolate and add hot heavy cream. when it’s all melted, you let it cool, and then roll them into little balls. once those are cool, roll them in cocoa, and you’re done.
they’re not a fun shape, but they’re darn tasty. here’s a good tutorial:
Post # 4
I’ve made chocolates for all kinds of holidays. They’re really simple! It’s cheaper if you use chocolate chips rather than the chocolate candy melts. Just follow directions on back for melting chocolate. You can use white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate. If the chocolate gets hard, add a little vegetable oil and mix well. Fill tyhe molds and tap mold on counter so the chocolate gets distributed evenly. Put them in freezer for a few minutes and they pop right out! I think it’s a great idea. Clearbags.com has great bags and boxes for displaying at reasonable prices! Good luck.
Post # 5
i agree with momofbride…. i make chocolate for a ton of different holidays (must be a mom thing! lol)… and they always turn out cute! it is really hard though if you’re planning on using different kinds of colors because it gets messy and the colors run. i’d recommend making chocolate only if you are going to use only once color (which it looks like you are in the pics you gave so you’re safe). i think it’d be cute and easy! make sure you melt it enough and get rid of bubbles while your doing it. practice really does make it perfect, so be prepared to have some bubble ones! but at least it’s super affordable and easy! and i’m sure the FH and your family won’t mind the mess ups! 🙂
OH and to make colors, don’t underestimate the power of food coloring and white chocolate!! just mix really REALLY well! have fun!
Post # 6
I’ve done this alot and it is super easy and fun! The tempering will help the chocolate be shiny and look nice when it comes out of the mold and the chocolate holds up better. While you can add colors to the candy it is easier and I think looks more elegant to just to plain white, milk, or dark.
I recommend using a good brand of chocolate chip, or buying a big chunk of higher quality chocolate (the chocolate should have at least 32 percent cocoa butter). It will taste so much better.
Post # 7
We’re toying with the idea of making chocolates! I’m also on the fence on madeleine cookies and macarons. I say run with it!
Post # 8
wow thanks for all the great comments! I think I’m going to do a test run and see how it works out 🙂
Post # 9
Chocolates are super easy and it helps that you can make them in way ahead of time and pop them in the freezer – makes it nice so that you aren’t trying to do something three days before the big day.
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Post # 11
I wanted to do this for my wedding, but the amount of DIY projects sort of snuck up on me! At any rate, my original idea was to do chocolate H’s and package them up in clear bags (H is the initial of our last name).
It is cheaper to use regular chocolate chips, but the little discs are made for this sort of melting and hardening and the end product will be much smoother/richer. Good luck with this project!!!
Post # 12
I experimented with making chocolates and they turned out really well. I used the chocolate melts and purchased a heart shape mold from Michaels and they turned out great and tasted lovely. It was fun too and didn’t take a whole lot of time. But def be careful when mixing colors. I tried to be crafty and try blue chocolate with chocolate brown swirls and it ended up looking green
Post # 13
I recommend Oreo truffles. Perhaps the easiest, most delicious thing to make ever. I can post therecipe if you are interested. They’re sooooo simple though. It’s cream cheese, oreos, and chocolate. People WILL ask for the recipe and they take about 30 minutes to make a batch — just get some large air tight containers and have a lot of fridge space available for about an hour. Then again, you can always do them in batches and make them over the course of a week and save on the space needed. They hold up really well too.