Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chocolate Covered Candy Pieces for Valentine's Day

If you really want to impress your Valentine, make some chocolate covered nuts and fruits.  My husband and I always bought Peters Ultra chocolate in a 10 lb. slab and we got that from Stover & Company here in Pittsburgh.

Even though we are talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, we recommend that you start your holiday candy now in order to have enough for the Christmas gift giving.  If you need a review, go back and print our blog "How to Make Molded Candy for Easter." 
Chocolate covered Dates

My favorite chocolate piece is a chocolate covered date.  In order to make these, you need to purchase pitted dates.  Dates are normally sticky when you bring them out of the package but you still want to roll them in confectioners sugar before coating them with the chocolate.  Stick a toothpick into one side of the date and then dip it into the chocolate.  Roll it around until the chocolate sticks to the date.  Lay you piece of candy onto a piece of waxed paper which is lining a cookie sheet.  Once you have all of the pieces made you put the pan into the refrigerator to set up.

Chocolate covered Cherries

To make chocolate covered cherries, you buy maraschino cherries in a jar and drain the juice.  The cherries are coated with the confectioners sugar.  For this candy you may want to purchase a candy mold in the shape of individual candy pieces.  My mother-in-law was inventive and saved the little medicine cups from the hospital to make her individual candy pieces.  Either way you fill the cups enough to coat the bottom of the cup about 1/3 full.  Then you drop your piece of fruit into the cups.  Pour your melted chocolate over them until each cup is full.  Put your candy into the refrigerator to set up you pieces of chocolate.

Chocolate covered Peanut Clusters

Chocolate covered nuts take a little more patience and skill.  Since you can't stick the nuts with a toothpick you need to use tongs to dip the nuts and place them onto your waxed paper to set up.  You can chop the nuts, premix them with your chocolate and fill your medicine cups.  Since I don't have the patience of Jobe, I prefer the second method.

Chocolate covered Raisins

While we are making clusters in our medicine cups, you can also use this method to make chocolate covered raisin clusters.  You can make individual chocolate covered raisins but again this take time and patiences since you need to stick each raisin with a tooth pick and lay them on waxed paper to dry.

White Chocolate covered Strawberries

If you are a fan of white chocolate, then you will need to buy white chocolate wafers in the supermarket and melt those down as you would the shaved chocolate to make your white chocolate covered strawberries or white chocolate cherries.

White Chocolate covered Cherries

Another great treat for Valentine's Day and something to send to school with your little ones is a batch of chocolate covered pretzel rods.  In order to make them special you can sprinkle them with red candies while they are drying on the wax paper.

Chocolate Pretzel Rods

Or how about a batch of chocolate covered mini pretzels.  These can also be sprinkled with candy colors for any holiday.

Chocolate covered Mini Pretzels
You have all seen my Christmas Pretzel made with candy kisses and an M&M on top.  These can be done very easily using Valentine colors or the mini pretzels to give it a heart shape.

Pretty M&M Flowers on Pretzel and Candy Kiss

Another version of this favorite is a mini turtle using Rolo Mini's and Pecans.

That's all I have for today.  If you have other candies you can make give me a comment so that I can try your methods.

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