This week's project came out of necessity. We decided on a kid friendly dessert to get them involved for a Christmas party we were all attending. Buckeyes are very fun, because they get to roll the balls just like playdoh and then dip them in chocolate. Except, I couldn't find dipping chocolate anywhere. Or paraffin to make my own. So, to pinterest I turned.
Here's the link to my pinboard, and here is the original recipe .
I tweaked the recipe a little, though. I didn't need the sweetness of chocolate chips, and I prefer to control sweetness myself. Instead, I used good baking chocolate and the same quantities:
Homemade Dipping Chocolate
12 oz. baking chocolate
1 Tablespoon cooking oil (I use olive or coconut)
Put ingredients in a double boiler, or fashion one yourself by placing a couple inches of water into a large pot and the ingredients in a smaller pot placed inside the larger one. Melt chocolate into oil and whisk to combine.
NOTE: I've read that you CANNOT substitute butter for the oil, or else the consistency will be off. I've never tried it myself, mainly because I didn't have the time to start over if it failed.
That's it. The coconut oil adds a light sweet and nutty nuance to the chocolate, which is perfect if you are using raw chocolate.
Using a chopstick instead of toothpicks makes it very easy for the kiddos to dip their own.
The best part about this simple-as-it-gets idea? Complete control over the ingredients in your food, with no more effort than it would take to buy pre-packaged at the grocery.