Chocolates have to be the most famous sweet in the world. Every country has commercially sold chocolates, every bakery has flavoured chocolate items, and everybody with a sweet tooth has some form of affection for chocolates. It’s that time of the year where we visit our friends and families and greet them with gifts. In this Diwali season, one of the most common gifts to give is usually homemade sweets, and since the pandemic hit and people were forced to stay indoors, home chefs are on the rise! So today, we’ll make our own fruit and nut chocolate that will be mouth melting, tasty, and memorable for anyone you gift it to.
So let’s dig into a recipe that is easy to make, even for the newbie cooks who are just starting out. This recipe requires minimum effort and gathers maximum interest from everybody else. Especially if you love your chocolate with a little bit of extra twist, we will use some cookies, some dry fruits, and some nuts for this recipe. So without further ado, let’s dig in!
- 50g butter
- Dark chocolate or milk chocolate
- 1 ½ tsp of honey
- Chocolate chip cookies
- 175g dry fruits of your choice
- Cashew nuts
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
Step 1: The first step in making any chocolate is melting the raw chocolate that you have. You cannot simply just melt chocolate in a pan, even if it is non-stick. You have to use the double boiling technique, in which you take a primary pan in which you boil water and then a pan above it that uses the heat from the water vapours to do the trick. Put in the knob of butter, break the chocolate into pieces and allow it to melt slowly.
Step 2: Next step is to prepare your nuts. Depending on your choice of nuts, you will have to chop them either equally or together in one go. For best results, chop them small enough to not take any unnecessary space into the chocolate bar and avoid powdering them so that there is still something to bite into.
Step 3: The surprise element that makes this recipe awesome is the chocolate chip cookies! You should crush all the chocolate chip cookies into a coarse powder. To do that neatly, put all the cookies in a plastic bag and slowly crush them using a rolling pin.
Step 4: Once the chocolate has melted, add the cocoa powder and honey to it. It is essential to stir and combine all the ingredients well. You don’t want concentrated chunks of cocoa powder to burst into your mouth.
Step 5: In a baking pan, add the chocolate mix. Spread it evenly before adding the rest of the ingredients. This is so that there is no air trapped in the mix before the final steps.
Step 6: Add all the nuts and dry fruits to the mix and combine well and quickly before it starts solidifying. The cookie powder shouldn’t be added in this step as it will be used as dusting to avoid any sticking to the mould.
Step 7: For the final step, use a chocolate mould made of silicon as they are the easiest to get the stuff out of. Chose a mould of your favourite shape and size, and then dust the inside with the cookie powder. Add the chocolate batter into the mould, level it, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to settle.
Step 8: Voila! Your homemade chocolate is ready!
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