With Valentine’s Day right around the corner an allergy friendly chocolate box sounds perfect. Well almost perfect! How about a dairy free chocolate box with filled chocolates? Now that’s perfect! I found a silicone chocolate box shaped mould from Lakeland and I knew I had to try it out. Having watched a fair few culinary programmes which feature chocolate making and reading tutorials on working with chocolate, I was not expecting my chocolates to have a glossy, professional looking finish. I also did not attempt to temper the chocolate, but hoped that they would still look as appetising as the Allergy Friendly Christmas tree decorations I made last year.
So what should an allergy friendly chocolate box include? The mould had space to make 30 small chocolates, so I decided to make half of them filled and half of them solid chocolates. To make it easier I chose three fillings- caramel date sauce, crispy and strawberry. The caramel date sauce is a tried and tested recipe which makes a delicious caramelly filling. I used a puff rice Kallo crispies cereal for the crispy centre which happens to be gluten free and chopped dried strawberries for a fruity filling.
An allergy friendly chocolate box wouldn’t be complete without a box to house the yummy treats. When I was a teacher Pinterest provided a wealth of ideas for simple crafts. Making a box from a paper plate was one of them. We used a Frozen plate (other character plates are available!!) to make ours. You can find a simple tutorial on Pinterest but I’ve also included a photo of how I made mine below.
- Make sure that the mould is clean and completely dry. This helps to ensure the chocolate sets nicely.
- Break the chocolate into even sized pieces to help the chocolate melt evenly and achieve a smooth consistency.
- Save some of the chocolate to add to the melted chocolate. Only melt the chocolate until almost smooth and then add the reserved chocolate. Stir through until smooth as this helps to prevent the chocolate from burning.
- Try to avoid introducing water to the chocolate as it can make it seize up.
- Resist over filling the chocolates (this goes against my ethos of ‘you can never have too much chocolate’) but it helps to give an even, more professional finish.
How did they turn out?
I wasn’t disappointed! They turned out brilliantly (if I may say so myself!) and tasted even better. I was surprised at how easy it was to create filled chocolates and the Moo Free chocolate melted beautifully. The real test was if little one liked them? Needless to say I had to hide them as she loved them, especially the hidden, surprise centre.
I’d love to hear what fillings you would choose!
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