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Save Money by Making Mini Layered Chocolates for Christmas Gifts!

Save Money by Making Mini Layered Chocolates for Christmas Gifts!

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Every Christmas, I like to give homemade gifts to neighbors, teachers, and friends.  I do not like to give the traditional gifts like fruit cake and dipped pretzels, although they are delicious.  I just don’t want to risk giving something that they have already received.  I personally love bite sized mini foods, so I thought about making these yummy mini layered chocolates for gifts this year.  I really had a blast making them, as you can individualize each piece and make them all different.  Plus, it is a great way to save money when you need to buy gifts for a lot of people and homemade gifts are always enjoyed!

The ingredients I needed for the chocolate candy were Baker’s semi-sweet and baking chocolate, angel flake sweetened coconut, caramel bits, pretzel sticks, sugar, and I already had the silicon baking mold with the gingerbread men at home.

I wanted to make the coconut more of a “butter” so I put it in the food processor for about five minutes until it had a smoother consistency.  

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Then, I followed the directions on the baking chocolate for melting it in the microwave.  I melted 1 1/2 bars (not squares, but entire bars) of semi-sweet baking chocolate and stirred, then added 1/3 cup of the coconut that I had pureed in the food processor, along with 1/4 cup of sugar and mixed well.  This mix was brownie-ish and oh so yummy!  I spooned about 1/2 – 1 tsp of the mix in each mold and pressed it down.  To harden it a bit, I popped it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Mini Layered Chocolates

After that, I melted some German’s sweet chocolate bar and also the caramel bits and just played around with making different layers in the gingerbread boy molds.  I even made some that were just sweet chocolate and caramel, which were definitely the smoothest mini layered chocolates.

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I love the variety of the little gingerbread men layered chocolates.  The Captain has a tree nut allergy, or else I would have put some nuts in there, too.  I did make a few with pretzel sticks and those were my absolute favorites.

It was very simple to pop about 5-6 mini layered chocolates in a small Mason jar for a gift!

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Mini Layered Chocolates

Mini Layered Chocolates

Make these delicious mini layered chocolates for a dessert or a gift!

Ingredients

  • 2 bars semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 bar sweet baking chocolate
  • sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pretzels, nuts, cranberries, etc

Instructions

  1. Pour a half of a bag of flaked sweetened coconut into the food processor and run for 5-10 minutes, stopping and stirring every minute or so, until a smoother texture is achieved. (Can also buy pre made coconut "butter")
  2. Melt 1 1/2 whole bars of semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl according to package directions. (Check and stir every 30 seconds until melted.)
  3. Mix coconut "butter" and melted chocolate in a bowl, along with 1/4 cup of sugar until well combined.
  4. When cooled, press 1/2 - 1 tsp of mixture into bottom of silicon molds.
  5. Place molds in refrigerator for about 20 minutes to harden and set.
  6. Then, add in a layer of crushed pretzels, nuts, cranberries, etc to various molds for variety.
  7. Melt chocolate bar in the microwave, checking and stirring every 30 seconds.
  8. Pour chocolate into various molds.
  9. Melt caramel bits (watch closely!) and pour in various molds, as well.
  10. If you want to make a layer of German's sweet chocolate on top of the caramel, make sure to refrigerate for 10-20 minutes to firm up before adding in the last layer.
  11. When all molds are filled, refrigerate for an additional 30 minutes and then pop them out and into your mason jars or treat boxes.
  12. Deliver to your recipients and watch their smiles erupt!

Notes

Note:  You probably need to advise your recipients to keep the chocolates cool so they won't melt.  You shouldn't need to keep them in the fridge, but that may not be a bad idea.  Also, make sure to note any allergies (dairy, coconut, nuts, etc).

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Stephanie

Monday 8th of December 2014

These mini gingerbread men are so cute!  What a great gift for the holidays! I think my favorite is that caramel with sweet chocolate, especially since we have food allergies here as well. Thanks for sharing! #Client

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