Thursday, January 20, 2011
Depending on how many you plan to make ,you will need to purchase melting chocolate.I buy mine at a local candy making supply store.Although the brand name is not marked on the bags I buy,I believe that it is made by Merkens.Michael's Craft Stores also sells candy melts.Today I am melting about one pound,and well,if there is any leftover,I'll just have to dip some pretzels in and have a party for myself!See a picture of the melts below.
The chocolate can be melted in a microwave,although I suggest using a double boiler.If you do not have a double boiler,simply set a medium saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water on your cooktop,the place a heat resistant glass bowl on top.Simmer the water an stir the chocolate until melted. DO NOT BOIL the water!If you use a microwave,I would melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals,as it can burn easily,and we don't want that.
After melting the chocolate,brush 1 heaping tablespoon into cupcake liners,covering all of the paper
These are a great project to do with your kids,and can be filled with a variety of items including ice-cream!Wouldn't they make great sundae cups?Serve them as is ,or dress them up with a gift bag and ribbon as I did above.Have fun!
****Two important notes....these freeze beautifully,and can be made well in advance,just be sure to store carefully,as they are fragile!They can stay at room temp for quite some time as well,just wrap carefully.Also,I use a silicone baking brush to brush the chocolate into the cups.The brushes made out of boars hair tend to leave not so delicious bristles behind....no good.