290gms(1 packet) each of Dark and White Chocolate melts
For Buckeye Balls
For Chocolate Dipped Oreos
sprinkles of your choice
Red and Green food colouring.
How to melt chocolate in an Instant Pot
Add 2 cups water to the base of the inner pot. Select the Saute Mode.
Once the water starts simmering and you see the steam coming out. Place a metal or glass bowl that would sit on top of the Instant Pot and add the chocolates to it.
Cancel Saute and choose the Keep Warm Mode. Stir the chocolate until it is all melted.
Keep the melted chocolate on Keep Warm Setting itself until you need. That way the chocolate would remain in the melted state only.
Take the peanut butter, butter and vanilla essence in a bowl. Whisk until it is all combined.
Do scrape the bowl every now and then to ensure that everything is mixed evenly
Add sugar little at a time and whisk until it comes together. Finally shift to using your hands and combine until everything comes together like a cookie dough.
Using a tbsp as a measurement, measure out the dough and roll it between your palms to a smooth ball.
Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Keep it in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 mins to chill.
Using a toothpick, pick up a ball and dip it into the melted chocolate leaving small bit of the peanut butter balls exposed to get that signature buckeye pea look.
Transfer it to another tray lined with parchment paper for the chocolate to set and firm.
Chocolate Dipped Oreos
Take one oreo biscuit and dip it into the melted chocolate.
Using a fork, lift the biscuit and tap your hands so that the excess chocolate drips off.
Place on a tray lined with parchment paper so that the chocolate sets completely.
Once the chocolate sets decorate it as per your needs. You can watch the video in the recipe card to see how I have decorated mine.
The main reason why a chocolate seizes and clumps together is when it comes in contact with moisture. And hence once you start seeing the steam coming off the sides of the bowl, remember to switch to Keep Warm mode from Saute so that the water does not boil over.
You can read more about, "How to melt chocolate the right way" from here or watch it in a video format from here.
Do stir the chocolates while melting to avoid the chances of it getting burnt.
After using the melted chocolates for dipping Buckeye Balls and Oreos, with whatever was left out I made some chocolate barks. You can check the recipe for the same from here.
Oh by the way, if you have time handy you can also make your own Homemade Oreo Cookies, check out the recipe from here.
The trick to get even chocolate coating is to gently tap your hands to remove the excess drip rather than tapping on the fork. That way not much pressure transfers to the fork and only the excess chocolate drips away.
You can also use white candy melts for a darker and more even coating. If using white chocolate then dip the strawberries, oreos etc twice. So dip it once. Allow the chocolate to cool completely and then dip one more time.
If you are using glass bowls, sometimes due to the change in heat the bowl might get stuck to the pot once the saute function has been turned off. If that happens simply turn it on and the bowl would be released in 2-3 mins. Make sure to handle the bowl with care as it would be HOT.
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