If there is anything I like better than chocolate, it’s more chocolate. I have to eat something chocolate every day. It can be a small piece of high quality dark chocolate or a full out binge on Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Either way, there must always be some chocolate every single day. So as Valentine’s Day approaches, my eyes widen and gloss over and my salivary glands work overtime, just thinking of all the confections and sweet treats we can make.
To start, we made Chocolate Covered Oreos and some bite sized hearts. Which, by the way, are the perfect size to pop into your mouth and eat several of before realizing that there are nearly none left and you have to make more! (Aw, shucks! haha!)
The candy and the Oreos are incredibly easy to make, especially if you have a candy mold or a muffin tin. We used candy molds for both, and they can be found for around $2 each at your local craft store or bakery supply store.
Before you begin, think about what you want your final product to look like and plan accordingly. Brown, chocolate Oreos work better with brown chocolate and the white Oreos work either way, covered in both white or brown chocolate. I only point this out, because the brown Oreos tend to peak through the white chocolate. Also, if you are decorating, you can melt a small amount of white chocolate and use a bit of food coloring to make it any color you would like. Or you can just buy melts, which are chocolate buttons that come in a variety of colors and melt those.
You may use any type or brand of chocolate you prefer. Personally, for me, I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate, but I don’t like it too bitter. So, I will use something with less than 75% Cacao. I won’t list a particular brand name, because there are so many and so many good ones. Just use one that you really like!
Start by lightly spray the molds with Vegetable Oil, or other spray. If you are making your covered Oreos in a muffin tin, be sure to coat it well. Set aside.
To melt the chocolate, break it into small pieces, and place in a metal bowl over a saucepan that is filled half way with very hot, but not boiling, water. The flame should remain on low to maintain the water’s heat. Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally.
To make the chocolate hearts, just pour the warm melted chocolate directly into the mold and place into the fridge until it hardens and cools, about 20 minutes. If you want to make designs in your chocolate, you can use a melted chocolate of another color and paint designs in the mold before filling it with the chocolate. We made red splatters, white splatters and white polka dots for ours.
To make the chocolate covered Oreos, you do the same, filling the mold about half way and placing a whole cookie in the middle, pushing down gently until the cookie sides are completely covered. The chocolate will ooze up the sides and overflow covering the edges. You can use a spatula or a spoon to cover the bottom of the cookie with more chocolate if you desire, or you can leave the bottom uncovered. Place the mold in the fridge until set and hardened. About 1 hour.
If you are using a muffin tin, just fill the metal cup of the tin with chocolate about half way up, push the cookie gently into the cup until the chocolate oozes up the sides and they are completely covered. Use a spoon to add more chocolate to cover the bottom of the cookie just like above. Set the muffin tin into the fridge until it’s set and hardened. About 1 hour.
When ready, just invert the molds/tins and the confections should slide right out! If you want to decorate them some more, fill a piping bag with additional melted chocolate of a contrasting color and have fun!
This is a super easy and fun project to do with the kids. They love decorating and getting their fingers covered in the melty chocolate. Plus, they can always eat their “mistakes”!