Homemade chocolate bars are a dessert which you can make at your home easily. It requires no special equipments nor specific skills, to create something so impressive making it a great choice for many occasions.
Start by melting the chocolate. You can use the double boiler method or melt in the microwave or even using the instant pot.
Add a spoonful of melted chocolate in parchment paper cones (makes it easier to fill the nooks and corners of the silicon mould). Depending upon your design, fill the moulds with chocolate. Allow it to set at room temperature.
Once set, gently push the silicon mould from the base to release the designs. Set this aside.
Step 2 - Flavouring the Chocolate
This step is entirely optional you do not have to make flavours, you can skip it if you prefer.
Butterscotch Delight: Now in a saucepan combine together the sugar and water and bring to a rolling boil and then let it simmer until it turns golden amber in colour. Once it reaches the caramel stage quickly add the almonds; give a stir and then pour it onto the aluminium foil. Spread it out using a spatula and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled grind it to a fine powder and set aside.
Step 3 - Preparing the Chocolate Mould
1. Butterscotch Delight: To 80 gms of melted chocolate add butterscotch essence. Mix well. Pour half of the melted chocolate to the silicon mould and spread across. Generously sprinkle the prepared praline powder on top. Add the remaining melted chocolate on top and spread across.Tap the mould gently on to your work top to smoothen the top.And then allow it to set at room temperature.
2. Cookies and Cream: Add a layer of melted chocolate on the mould and spread it across. Crush some oreo biscuits and add it in the centre followed by another layer of melted chocolate.Spread it across and gently tap the mould on your worktop to smoothen the top.Allow to dry.
3. Christmas Celebration: Start by mixing the gold lustre dust with peppermint essence to form a flowy consistency. Then simply sprinkle it on the base of the mould.As for the chocolate, I have coloured white chocolate in pink and blue. Add it on the mould and spread to create a marble look.Sprinkle some christmas themed sprinkles in the centre followed by a layer of more pink and blue chocolate.Spread to create a marble effect and then tap to smoothen it out. Allow to set and de-mould.
Step 4 - Customizing the Chocolate Bars
Depending upon the theme of choice or the designs you have in mind, use the chocolate decorations from step 1 to decorate the chocolate bar. If you find that the chocolate decorations are not sticking to the bars, then use some melted chocolate as a glue to stick them.
The amount of chocolate needed to make these homemade chocolate bars would vary depending upon the chocolate decorations that you are going to make.
Perfect Chocolate Decorations can be made only if you get the consistency of the chocolate right. So make sure you are melting the chocolate well. Check out our How to Melt Chocolate the right way video to understand better.
Always try to set the chocolate at room temperature. Sometimes it might take hours to set. If you cannot leave at room temperature to set then leave it at room temperature for 10 mins then place in your refrigerator until the chocolate is just set. Do not leave in there for long.
Regular Compound Chocolate sets really well and does not need tempering. If you are using couverture chocolate make sure to temper it using a candy thermometer before proceeding with the recipe.
If the chocolate decorations do not stick to your chocolate bars then use some melted chocolate as glue to stick.
You can use dark, milk, semi-sweet or white chocolate to make this. I am sure kids would love the milk chocolate bars.
Consider checking our Cake Pricing Guide 101 post to understand how to price these chocolates if you are planning to sell them as you need to keep in mind to add the extra cost needed to make all the decorations.
White chocolate seizes while adding food colouring. One way to avoid this is by adding little coconut oil or vegetable oil along with the colour and it works just fine then.