In Japan there are two types of chocolate women give men on Valentine's Day: honmei choco for the one they love, and giri chocolate (obligation!) for everyone else.
Honmei chocolate should be high-quality, or even better - home made! Sak loves chocolate, so I thought maybe instead of buying him candy this year I would make some!
Unfortunately there were surprisingly few sites I could find in English that dealt with making chocolate candy. Rather than "melt a bar down and stick it in a mold" or "grind your own beans" - I was looking for something that involved taking baking chocolate and turning it into a chocolate bar? A chocolatier I am not.
Anyway, with Penga-Sis over for the weekend, we decided to just wing it and see what happened.
First, we melted down some Ghiradelli 60% chocolate chips. If all else failed, Sak would easily eat these straight out of the bag. To melt, we put a ceramic bowl atop a boiling pot of water as a make-shift double boiler.
Since there was still a bit left over, we also poured some into cookie cutters (parchment paper underneath).
Then we let it cool at room temperature for a few hours.
Unfortunately, I had forgotten one important thing. How do we get the chocolate out of the mold?
Thus attempt #1 was a fail, and the only chocolates that even sort-of came out were the cookie cutter pieces.
So do I add some sort of grease to the molds? That sounds kind of greasy... Or do I buy a silicone or plastic mold that can bend?
Have you "made" chocolate before? Do you have any tips?