These beautiful chocolates were made using our unique, registered design chocolate mould depicting the British Union Jack Flag. This 12 cell silicone mold is available from SiliconeMoulds.com, currently priced at £4.49
In this blog post, I'm going to tell you how to make these chocolates and the pretty handmade chocolate box shown above. For those of you that are avid blog and Facebook followers, we're introducing PROJECT PACKS so you can join in many of our forthcoming creations.
This first project pack will include the BOXER board with scoring tool, double sided tape pen, 9 sheets of pretty Kanban card (two each of the British patterns shown, plus 1 each of 5 colours in polka dot), a sheet of acetate for making aperture windows in chocolate boxes, 100 mini paper cases and union jack silicone chocolate mould.
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Lets get started !
First of all, you will need some tempered chocolate. I chose to use milk couveture chocolate. Most supermarket chocolate has had most of the cocoa butter content removed and replaced with vegetable oil. It's really not suitable for tempering. Tempering is what gives you that beautiful sheen and snap.
If buying couveture chocolate, two brands I would recommend are Callebaut and Belcolade. If you are just starting out however, you'll find that Lidl's dark chocolate is pretty good and is generally suitable for microwave tempering. Just be sure to chop it up into small pieces.
There is a short video guide to microwave chocolate tempering here (see part 1). I also wrote a blog post about tempering a few months ago.
First of all, take a chocolate mould of your choice (at least 2cm deep). Place it on top of a baking tray and fill all the cells FULL of chocolate. Give the mould (on the tray) a good rap on the counter to help get rid of any air bubbles. Then, pour all of the chocolate back out into the bowl.
You really need both hands to do this ! I was trying to tip it out with one hand and photograph with the other. This made rather a lot of mess !
Using a bench scraper, wall paper scraper or flat spatula, scrape all the excess chocolate off the top surface of the mould. Leave the mould for about 5 mins until the chocolate begins to set, then pop in the fridge for a further 5 minutes to fully harden.
Now, make the chocolate filling. This mix will make enough to fill approx 48 chocolates. You may prefer to scale down the volume. It's a versatile recipe and easily adapted by changing the alcohol to some other liqueur or flavouring
350g tempered white chocolate
1 tablespoon Chambord (raspberry liquer)
1/4tsp black pepper
seeds of 1/2 a vanilla pod
First of all, put the room temperature unsalted butter, glucose, pepper and vanilla pod seeds in a bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Change to a wooden spoon and gradually mix in the tempered white chocolate. Once combined, mix in the liquer.
Put this mix into a disposable piping bag. Tie a knot at the top.
Get your moulds back out the fridge, and pipe filling into the chocolate shells. It's very important that the shells are not over full. You need at least 3mm of space above the filling to be able to cap them off with chocolate after filling !
After capping with chocolate, pop into the fridge for 10 mins to fully set up. Remove (wearing gloves - so not to put fingerprints on your chocolates.
TO MAKE THE BOX
Take your boxing board. One side has metric measurements and the other side is inches. For this box, I used the metric side.
Turn the board so the end that says BOX LID is facing the top.
Take a sheet of A4 stock card and score it using your scoring tool (with the card portrait and on the reverse) at 11cm.
You need to do this twice and cut two pieces of card to 215mm x 110mm. Note - these pieces of card need to be IDENTICAL in size although they do not have to be the same pattern.
Choose which piece you are going to use for the lid, and which piece for the base. That needs to be decided now !
Score the lid at the 2.5cm marking on all four sides (right round) - then ROTATE the board and do the same for the base. If you don't turn the board round, you'll end up with two lids that will not fit together.
Where the folds cross over, cut some small V's out. These will create the box flaps. Do this on both top and base pieces.
If you want an aperture / window in the box, measure 1cm down from the fold at the narrow end of the box and cut out a piece 40mm wide x 45mm deep.
If using a coloured card (ie not cream or white), take a felt marker and run this over the cut edge for the aperture. This is not essential, but does really neaten up the finished box.
Cut a piece of acetate a little bigger than the window in the box.
Use the mouse pen on the card, and put a line of double sided sticky tape close around the window. Press on the acetate.
Fold the sides for the box. Use the mouse glue pen on the front side corners of the box to apply the sticky tape and then press to hold the corners in place
That's it ! Place 5 chocolates in mini paper cases into each box and it's done :-)
Quick, simple and easy ....
Happy Box Making !
Sarah-Jane Nash - SiliconeMoulds.com - April 2013
PLEASE Mummy - just one more !