You can't have Christmas without a shedload of festive nibbles to work your way through and these cute minty chocolates are perfect for passing around in front of the telly. They're fun to make and are actually simple enough for the kids to manage pretty much all by themselves. They look good enough to wrap up in cellophane bags as homemade gifts for neighbours and teachers too.
The recipe came from the festive (and final) Bake Box (click through to see my unboxing post) and used two of the items from the box - the snowflake plunger cutters and the mini star-shaped silicon moulds. I've tweaked the recipe a fair bit so do head over to see the original recipe on the Bake Box site.
Snowflake Dream Triple-layered Chocolates
For the snowflakes
3 drops of mint extract
100g (3 ½oz) white sugarpaste
Icing sugar, to dust
For the chocolates
100g dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids
100g white chocolate
100g milk chocolate
Blue paste food colouring
Yellow paste food colouring (optional)
3 drops of mint extract
The first thing to make is the snowflakes to go on top. Knead a few drops of peppermint extract through the sugardough.
It's quite hard to work it through and I didn't think mine was evenly distributed but they all tasted vaguely minty in the end, so don't worry too much.
Roll out the icing on a board sprinkled with icing sugar to stop it sticking (or I used a silicon mat) and cut out snowflake shapes. Leave to dry.
Melt the dark chocolate and stir through one drop of peppermint extract.
Pour a spoonful into each of the moulds and use a toothpick to push it into all of the corners. Put in the fridge to set for half an hour minimum.
Melt the white chocolate and stir through the peppermint extract, as well as a drop of blue and yellow food colouring to make a pale green colour. Don't add too much or the chocolate will seize and be unworkable.
Add a layer of green chocolate on top of the dark chocolate and put them back in the fridge to set again.
Repeat using the milk chocolate, again with a drop of peppermint extract mixed through the melted chocolate.
Top each chocolate with a snowflake before the milk chocolate sets.
Don't worry about the drips or uneven layers inside the moulds. The irregularities are what makes homemade gifts so special and unique !
These are very moreish but I did have to point out that, as we'd used three bars of chocolate for 12 chocolates, each snowflake dream did contain a quarter of a bar of chocolate - eeek !
This used up the end of a block of white sugarpaste, as well as some peppermint extract that has been in the cupboard for years, so I'm adding it to this month's #KitchenClearout linky.