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#1 Old 12-07-2008, 10:05 AM
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Hey everyone, there's a lot of threads about how to be frugal at Christmas, and I wanted to share one of my favorite ways... By making my own Christmas chocolates using cheap, accidentally vegan chocolate chips and candy molds.



Here's one of my favorite places to get molds: http://stores.ebay.com/ESSENMACHER-MOLDS



Although if you're overseas or just don't like E-Bay, there are a million other places online and you can usually find at least basic Christmas molds in your grocery store.



Another thing these are great for is gifts. There are so many cool ideas at the page I linked to above--last year, I gave my VW bug-obsessed sister a mold of (drumroll please) little VW bugs and a bag of chocolate chips to use with it. I gave my boyfriend's family a mold with little horses (they train horses for a living). There's pretty much something for everyone... If you're a vegan feeling nostalgic for old treats, there's even a mold to make your chocolates shaped like Hershey's kisses!!



Anyway, I hope this was helpful to some of you.
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Great! List some recipes, please, I am sure others will use them.

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Great! List some recipes, please, I am sure others will use them.



For me, its usually as simple as melt the chocolate and pour it in... If I'm feeling fancy though, it's fun to stir in orange zest, peanutbutter (that can get sticky, though!), broken up candycane bits, nuts, chopped dried fruit (which is REALLY good with chocolate)... I usually put the chocolate-filled molds into the freezer, to make sure the chocolates pop out easily.
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make sure you use tempered chocolate (or temper it when you melt it) so it doesn't go white though



maybe i should make some this year. my mother in law always buys little leaf shaped chocolates to garnish the dessert table at christmas, i hate being surrounded by chocolate and not being able to eat it

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make sure you use tempered chocolate (or temper it when you melt it) so it doesn't go white though



maybe i should make some this year. my mother in law always buys little leaf shaped chocolates to garnish the dessert table at christmas, i hate being surrounded by chocolate and not being able to eat it



How do you know if you're chocolate is tempered? If it isn't, how do you temper it?



I would probably use Tropical Source vegan choco chips...are those tempered? I found in the pie I made that they only turned a little off color when I put it in the fridge to cool. When it came back up to room temp, they looked fine.
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i found the article posted here really informative, not just the article but also the comments posted on it as well



https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...40&postcount=5

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Thanks...I'll check it out tomorrow when my brain is fully functioning.
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I was just thinking...could you add extracts and stuff to the chocolate to flavor it? I was thinking maybe peppermint for the holidays or orange with the orange zest mentioned above. Mmmm or maybe some chopped up crystalized ginger?
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i'm sure you could, that would be yummy. i like the idea of giving bark as a gift because you can wrap it up all pretty or put it in a pretty tin, and if you make it with christmas colours it just looks awesome.

i don't know about vegan white chocolate but i'm sure it must exist, but yeah if you mix a little bit of whatever chocolate you're using (or use the opposite, white if you're doing dark, dark if you're doing white) and add the extracts and food colouring and add it to the rest after it's all poured out into a pan and starting to set, you can swirl it with a toothpick or something to make a cool ribbon affect. white chocolate with red and green peppermint ribbons looks great

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