I have a confession to make. I’ve been carrying this around with me for so long. I don’t really know how to put this, so I’ll just say it already…
I’m addicted to chocolate.
I know, I know; girls are supposed to love chocolate, blah blah blah. But seriously! I would be willing to bet that not a day goes by that I don’t sneak at least one square or an embarrassing number of bonbons.
If you share this ailment with me, then maybe you have daydreamed about homemade chocolates before, but cast the idea off as silly or difficult. I mean, why take the time to make your own chocolates when Trader Joes does a fantastic job already? I hear you, but when you make your own chocolates you have complete control! You put whatever you want in them!
So, maybe you’re craving dark chocolate and peanut butter and coconut all in one smooth, satisfying bite. Or, if you got the last minute shopper gene like me, right now you’re searching for a hasty (and easy!) homemade treat to give to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Either way, you’ll fall head over heels for these little hearts!
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
Makes 8-10 hearts (double recipe for 16)
Time: 2.5 hours, including time to cool
1/8 cup white chocolate
4 oz bittersweet chocolate (not chips)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or slivered almonds
a small bit of coconut oil
Silicone heart molds
Double boiler, or a medium pot with a large glass or metal bowl to substitute
- Prepare your double boiler: Place 2 inches of water in a pot and heat to a simmer. Place the metal or glass bowl on top, careful that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the top of the water.
- Melt the white chocolate*: Add the white chocolate to the bowl and whisk often, until almost melted and some chunks of chocolate are still visible. Remove the bowl from the pot and carefully wipe off any condensation on the outside of the bowl. Remember, water and chocolate are not friends!
- Continue to whisk the white chocolate until it is melted.
- Smear a thin layer of coconut oil inside each heart mold.
- Drizzle the melted white chocolate across each mold and place in the freezer to harden.
- Meanwhile, wash the bowl and dry well. Place the pot back on the heat, replenishing the water if needed. Follow the above steps to melt the bittersweet chocolate*
- Once the chocolate is melted, add peanut butter and coconut and/or almonds. Fill each mold and place in the refrigerator to harden, about 2 hours.
You can give these sweet little hearts as gifts for Valentine’s Day; just pick up some festive cellophane bags to easily package the chocolates for the occasion. Or.. don’t tell anyone you made them and eat them all. Maybe share one with your roommate or significant other, or family if they’re lucky. The choice is yours…
Even if you don’t have a sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, I urge you to celebrate love with those dear to you. I hope you have a lovely love day!
*These instructions are not for tempering.