Hey everyone! So, this year I broke down and went forward with making homemade chocolate for Valentine's Day. As you may or may not know, in Japan, Valentine's Day is a day for a girl to give her love chocolate. She will get a return gift on White Day if the affection is returned, etc. Anyway, I really wanted to try to make my own, so I did.
I bought the silicon mold and the chocolate "pens" from Plaza. I bought the chocolate from Caldi. It really wasn't all that difficult. I thought I would share photos from the process beginning to end. I apologize for the poor quality pics. I used my cell phone.
Once the colorful stuff was done, I moved on to melting the chocolate. I used white chocolate. I don't own a double boiler, so I boiled a pot of water and then melted the chocolate in a metal bowl on top with the heat OFF. Don't get water in the chocolate. At all. It was a warning I found on the internet. Anyway, stir a lot. Like non stop. It took about five minutes to completely melt.
Mmmmm.... melted white chocolate goo.
I just used a spoon to fill the mold. I followed some web advice and filled the molds up halfway, and then lifted the tray and gently tapped it on the counter, to prevent bubbling. I then proceeded to fill the mold up completely. Then tapped it on the counter again.
I put the chocolate in the freezer for about three or four minutes for it to solidify a bit. I then took it out and left it on top of the fridge for about ten minutes.
And that, is my chocolate making escapade. :D