Chocolate orange hearts are really easy to make. Get your kids to help to make a lovely edible gift their grandparents will enjoy.
Home-made gifts seem to have gone out of fashion in recent years. It is a shame as edible gifts are a joy to make and to receive. As a child, I remember spending time in the kitchen before Christmas. My mum would help me make marzipan fruits and peppermint creams as gifts. We would wrap them carefully in tissue paper and put them in a box. My grandparents always spent Christmas day with us. Receiving these home-made delights always made them smile.
Making edible gifts with your children is a great way to spend time with them. As well as teaching them cooking skills you are also helping to make Christmas memories that they will treasure in the years to come. These chocolate orange hearts make an ideal gift. They are easy to make but look as if you have spent lots of time making them.
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Chocolate orange hearts are ideal for your child to make. They will need some supervision as it does involve melting cocoa butter over boiling water. Depending on their age you may need to do this for them or just keep a close eye on them.
To make the chocolate orange hearts just melt some cocoa butter over a bowl of boiling water. Once it melts then you stir in some cocoa powder, vanilla essence, orange extract and some honey or syrup to sweeten it. I used coconut syrup as I had some lying around but honey, maple syrup or golden syrup will also work. Check the taste and if you need to add a little more syrup or orange essence then do this.
To make the heart shapes you need to pour the chocolate mixture into a heart shaped silicon mould. If you do not have one then just use another shape. You just need the right size to make small chocolate shapes. Pour the chocolate into the mould and leave in the freezer for twenty minutes until they are set.
Once they are ready don’t forget to package them nicely. A box with pretty tissue paper in will set them off nicely and make them look really special.
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To make these chocolate orange hearts I used some organic raw cocoa products from CHOC Chick. CHOC Chick imports their cocoa directly from cooperatives in Ecuador. To make their products they use single origin Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma cocoa beans. This is a cocoa bean that has been in existence in Ecuador since the Inca, Aztec and Mayan times and is the national bean of Ecuador. It has a distinctive taste with floral and fruity notes that make any products you make taste special.
I found the cocoa butter really interesting as a cooking product. I have seen cocoa butter in face and body creams but didn’t know you could cook with it. It is a healthy fat so is ideal for using in home-made chocolate. You can also use it to fry food, the same way you use cooking oil. If you have dry skin cocoa butter is also brilliant for adding moisture to it.
CHOC Chick’s raw cocoa powder is minimally processed and free of sugar and other additives. This gives is a very rich chocolate taste which makes it ideal for baking. Both these products are a great choice for making great tasting chocolates.
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Linking up to the kitchen clearout linky on Madhouse Family Reviews as I got rid of some coconut syrup that had been in my cupboard for ages.
I was sent some products from CHOC Chick to use in a recipe. My opinions are honest and my own.