Eats Halloween Treats
Tis the season for the Halloween treats.
Many ways to make these here is how I do it.
semi sweet chocolate chips or reeses peanutbutter chips
2oz dry mushrooms
ice cube trays or any type of mold you can find
Determine how much chocolate you need per piece
Place enough chocolate chips into your mold. fill it about 80% of the way to the top.
The rest will be dry mushroom material This is how much chocolate you use per piece.
You want roughly around 1.33 grams per chocolate. This allows you to figure this out by the ounce dry.
28 grams divided by 1.33 = 21 chocolates per ounce.
You don't want to use too much or too little chocolate. Too much results in a muddy,
gritty mixture. Too little makes you have to eat more chocolate than you want to.
Using ice cube trays this amount is 20 grams of chocolate per cube.
so 20 grams chocolate x 28 grams mushy material= 560 grams chocolate per 21 pieces or 1 oz dry mushroom material.
So, we are going to make 2 ounces dry in this batch. This should make 42 chocolates. If you want the
chocolates to be bigger for a bigger dose. Then simply add more chocolate when you put it in the mold
so the piece is bigger. Any more powder and less chocolate and it will be too dry to be enjoyable. So the total
is 1120 grams of chocolate per 56 grams dry of mushroom material.
Also realize that you may lose some chocolate to the side of the bowl and in reality you may only be able to
make fewer chocolates than you anticipated. This is where the experimentation is. You have to figure out that
fine balance of placing too much chocolate into each mold.
1) Grind your mushroom material into fine powder so that it mixes in well with the chocolate.
2) Place your 1120 grams of chocolate in your bowl.
3) Place the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. You don't want to go over 1 minute. Chocolate has a
melting point somewhere at 115 degrees. 1 minute is perfect. also the burning point is above 125.
this is some info on microwaving chocolate. there are many different ways of doing it. microwave is the easiest.
Melting using a microwave oven.
This does mean that water and steam can be avoided, which is good. You now need to watch how much you microwave;
obviously too much is not good. It is always better to err on the low setting and do a minute at a time, till you get
more proficient. So you can build it up bit by bit, varying the time for the amount you are melting; see below.
I have given a rough guide of times, but you need to be sure of your own microwave oven. These times are for
a 650 watt microwave; please use as guidance only. For 50g to 125g try 5 mins on low. Over 125g try 6 minutes
on low. Place the chocolate, in roughly equal pieces, in a glass bowl, so you can keep a good eye on it again.
It's also a good idea because a glass bowl conducts the heat evenly. The thing to watch out for with this method
is that the pieces will often keep their form and will not look melted, even when they are, so check properly, by stirring,
which is a good thing to do anyway.
in my case 1 minute then 30 seconds on the 2nd run works perfect. ive tried this on 2 other microwaves as well with no issues. when i do over that. the chocolate burns. you don't want to burn it. put it in small 1 minute intervals. should take no more than 2 mins tops. and thats for 1120 grams chocolate.
4) Stir the chocolate with your spoon a bit. It will melt down about halfway. Should look like this.
5) Stick the bowl in the microwave again for 30 more seconds and no more.
6) Now stir it again and it should be creamy smooth like peanut butter.
7) Dump your mushroom material into the chocolate.
8) Stir consistently until the powder mixes in well with the chocolate. If you measured incorrectly
and added too little chocolate its ok. The mix will be hard to stir and look grainy and chunky. You
don't want that. Quickly microwave extra chocolate for 1 minute then stir, then another 30 seconds.
Then stir. And add that if necessary. Then stir in.
9. Spray oil onto your cubes. So that when they are done they plop right out.
10. Try to evenly spoon in your chocolate mixture into each cube. To make bigger pieces simply add more chocolate.
11. After you complete one tray. Then take the tray and hit it downward on a hard surface so that each
time you do it the chocolate evens out. The bottom of the tray would be hitting a hard counter. I do it maybe 10 times firmly.
12. Place your cube trays in the freezer for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes take them out, flip the tray on paper
towels, then wrap them in foil. And your done. You can leave them in the freezer for longer. And they should store in the freezer for a very long time. Time to a have a good Halloween!:rasta:
Finish. The whole procedure should take about 10 minutes.
Edited by eatyualive, 31 August 2014 - 08:32 PM.