A few weeks ago, I decided to become something of a chocolatier and make chocolate treats for the Nexcess staff. This was the exact reason why I purchased a brand new double boiler. It’s cute, isn’t it?
There are a few items you will need to create your own chocolate treats:
- Double boiler
- Silicone mold
- Chocolate (morsels or bar)
- Rubber spatula
- Decorating bag (optional)
Depending on the size of the double boiler, you will want to fill the bottom pot with enough water to simmer and not evaporate completely, but not so much that the water touches the bottom of the top pot (there will be condensation from the water on the top pot but that is okay). I purchased my double boiler (a small one) because after an attempt with two regular pots, the outcome could only be categorized as an “Epic Failure.” The chocolate ended up as an inedible and unappetizing blob because I put too much water in the bottom pot and it did not heat evenly.
To get started, place the double boiler onto the stove as show in the picture with the bottom pot filled with water and use a low-medium heat level. I purchased Nestle Tollhouse Milk Chocolate morsels to cut down on prep time, but if you purchase a bar of chocolate instead, it will need to be chopped or grated into small pieces beforehand so it will melt more quickly.
Put the chocolate pieces into the top pot to melt. Stir the chocolate slowly when it begins to liquefy, using a rubber spatula (wooden spoons retain odors and water, which does not mix well with chocolate). Once it is completely melted, you are ready to use the silicone mold.
After the chocolate has been added to the silicone mold, it will need to set, or solidify. Depending on the temperature of your location, I would check every 15-30 minutes. If you only filled the mold halfway, you can add the second flavor once the first layer is solid. Once everything has solidified, pop the treats out of the mold and enjoy!
My first batch contained half milk chocolate and half Reese’s peanut butter. The peanut butter morsels were melted the same way as the chocolate.
The most interesting part of this entire endeavor was getting the chocolate into the silicone mold, which is pictured below.
For the melted chocolate of the first batch, I actually used a metal spoon to transfer, which is a no-no (as it can scratch the pot). It was not the best idea due to the fact that chocolate ended up all over my stove, but it got the job done. For the peanut butter part, I used a decorating bag which made the process much easier. Keep in mind that anything you melt in the double boiler will be extremely hot so use caution. I put on an oven mitt in order to hold the bag.
The second batch was switched up a bit with half milk chocolate and then a milk chocolate/Andes peppermint blend. After the milk chocolate was added to the silicone mold, I added crushed up candy cane bits on top. After that part set, I poured the blend of chocolate and peppermint on top so the candy cane bits were sandwiched between the two layers.
Here are the results! The left picture is the chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter treats and the right is the chocolate and chocolate/Andes peppermint treats with crushed candy cane bits inside.
The Nexcess staff seemed to really enjoy the treats, especially the chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter ones. Next time I am thinking of attempting dark chocolate, Rice Krispies and pretzels for a crunch, and maybe a strawberry gel. Any takers?