Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Treats

Whenever I get invited somewhere and I have to bring something... chances are I'm bringing some form of chocolate. These Homemade Chocolate Treats look complicated but they are easy as can be!


1. Chocolate - Get the kind that is made for melting. I used dark and white.
2. Sweetened Banana Chips
3. Salted Cashew Pieces
4. Spoons
5. Cookie tray
6. Baking cups
7. Glass bowl
8. Glass measuring cup with a spout
8. Small bowls
9. Microwave
10. Melt & Mold decorator bottles

Step #1
Place Baking Cups on a cookie tray.

Step #2 
Place Sweetened Banana Chips and Salted Cashew Pieces in two bowls.

Step #3
Break up Banana Chips into smaller pieces.

Step #4
Melt chocolate as shown in Loaded Chocolate Covered Pretzels Tutorial.

Step #5

Place 4-5 spoonfuls of Sweetened Banana Chips and Salted Cashew Pieces into the melted chocolate.

Step #6
Mix the Sweetened Banana Chips and Salted Cashew Pieces into the melted chocolate. Add additional spoonfuls of  Sweetened Banana Chips and Salted Cashew Pieces until there is only a small amount of liquid chocolate left. Be careful not to over add!

Step #7 
Use a spoon to scoop out some of the mixture into a baking cup. Repeat until bowl is empty. Let sit at room temperature for the chocolate to harden.

You can stop here... or you can do so much more!!


Step #8
Melt white chocolate in a measuring cup with a spout.

Step #9
Carefully pour melted chocolate into the melt & mold decorator bottle.

Step #10
Squeeze chocolate on top of the clusters as they were finished in step #7.

Step #11
Tap the tray to release air bubbles and flatten the surface of the chocolate.

Step# 12
Another option is to drizzle the white chocolate on top of the clusters.

Step #13
As the clusters dry you can begin to make your display.

Step #14
A fourth option is to drizzle dark chocolate on the white clusters from step #10

Step #15
If you get good with the decorator bottle you can even make letters. Remember these are homemade and don't need to be perfect!

Step #16
A 5th option is to fill the clusters with more dark chocolate similar to the way you do with the white in step #10.

Step #17
I hate to waste chocolate. At the end I take whatever melted chocolate is left and put it in a few cups and then drop a few cashews on top.

You'll end up with a yummy assortment of clusters! Display on a cute tray...

... or fill a box to give to someone special. 
(I'm glad you liked them mom!!)

fyi... if your family is anything like mine these will be gone in no time!!


If you are looking for the 
Fresh Fabric Treats Giveaway Post it's here...
the giveaway has ended.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/


Jamie Simms said...

Those look so yummy!!

rachel griffith said...

the yum yum mix.

Material Mary said...

I love chocolate so thank you for the tutorial.

pam said...

that candy looks wonderful!!


mascanlon said...

Next time you come to LA maybe we can hit the cake/candy making store as well as M & L's!

Pepe said...

Yum! I love anacardi with chocolate!!!

Rachel said...

Yum! I'll definitely be trying these! Congrats on the book!

cmscooke said...

Yummy treats! Can't wait for my copy of the book! Creative geniuses!

Mommarock said...

The banana chips were a surprise ingredient, but I bet is tastes wonderful, I will certainly have to try it.

JayTee said...

The treats look sooo tasty

Andrew J said...

Wow! They look so professional. If you hadn't posted all the in-between photos, I would have thought you just bought them. Hahaha. (I mean that as a compliment ...)

abc bug said...

This is perfect for Valentine's Day gifts! Thank you.

Myrna Marie said...

Very neat little gift ideas, or for yourself. :)

KatheG said...

Congratulations on the book! The candy looks delicious and easy to do - might just try it. Your studio looks like a very creative place and love your work.

Lee said...

How wonderful and yummy looking and looks easy to boot! thanks! Cute Valentines idea. Thank you.

Nanbon44 said...

I love Chocolates, they look so good and easy to make.

❦Bayside Gal❦ said...

I love chocolate so this recipe is one that I am going to make. Thanks, and congratulations. I can't wait to see the book.

Unknown said...

Just in time for Valentine's Day. I love the bananna chips! This is something I can do with my Grandkids! Thanks

Jan said...

Love your Blog and your yummy chocolate's. Congradultion!

earth visitor said...

love the goodies - the candies are my favorite, thank you for the step by step instructions, they are a keeper, now if I could win I could sew up some keepers : )

Mike and Jen said...

That is just not kind. Didn't you know I'm on a diet!? lol. They look very yummy!

Cheri C. said...

Did I miss the disclaimer that said NOT to look at this if you are starving? Oh, how I want to jump through the screen and eat a few - how yummy they look!!!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

oh my goodness those look awesome. I'm totally going to need some chocolate now.

Cindy said...

I don't think the candy is Dessert - it's the appetizer..LOL...just right to wet anyone's appetite.

And I'm LOVING the red cake/pie/candy platform that you're serving on - Priceless !

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You know you're too clever for your own good....lol. Very nice idea..thank you

Unknown said...

I think that I will be making these for my hubby's platoon for Valentine's day! Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial.

JustPam said...

These are beautiful and your tutorial make them look so easy to make. I have given up sugar, so I won't get a chance to try them myself and don't have the willpower to resist, so I will just have to be content looking at the beautiful pics!

Sara Fiedler said...

Those chocolate treats look spectacular! Like Pam, I also don't eat sugar. I'm waiting for someone, maybe YOU, to come up with some wonderful chocolate NO Sugar treats.
I'm looking forward to winning this giveaway.

lori0861 said...

The banana chips sound interesting. I wonder if you could mix in peanut butter too. I love PB&B. Congrats on the book

Goosegirl said...

Oh YUM!! I want to try them. I don't have a microwave but I can melt the chocolate in a double boiler. I even have the little paper cups already. I can't wait to try these! Thank you for the recipe!

Suzanne said...

OMG Those look awesome! I am going to have to make those.

Karen said...

what a great quick recipe! who can resist chocolate?

The Quilting Cat Lady. said...

Yummy, absolutely going to try these.
Alda, Fl

Pamela said...

YUMMO - I love chocolate for dessert - or anytime for that matter! The Progressive Dinner is being so much fun! Can't wait to see the book!

Unknown said...

Wow! You can visit us anytime! Now that I have zoned out on the candy I will have to look at the rest of your blog. I love tutorials and lots of pictures. Congrats on the book.

Jan said...

these look sooooo good! i never would have thought of banana chips!! thanks for sharing!

BonnieN said...

Your tutorial was so good,I know I can do this! Looks wonderful. Can't wait for the book to come out, it has to be just teriffic. bonnie nyquist bonniesline at aol dot com

Susanne said...

Really delicious! I have to go shopping today and try it out :)
Best wishes

sushy said...

it looks so easy to make and tasty.

Karyn said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I love chocolate!