Homemade chocolates are not only delicious, but also a great gift for special occasions. In this blog post we will show you how you can easily and quickly make your own chocolates and which ingredients, fillings and decorations are suitable for this.
The right ingredients
Before you start making chocolates, you should make sure you have the right ingredients. The basis of every praline is chocolate. Which kind you use depends on your taste. Dark chocolate works well for pralines with a strong flavor, while milk chocolate has a milder flavor. White chocolate is particularly creamy and works well as a filling.
Other ingredients you will need are cream, butter, sugar, nuts, fruits, spices and alcohol. Marzipan and nougat can also be used as a filling. Choose your ingredients carefully to get the best possible result.
The different types of chocolates
There are countless types of pralines, from classic chocolate pralines to exotic truffles. Here are some of the most popular types of chocolates:
- Chocolate Pralines: These pralines have a chocolate shell and are usually filled with a soft filling.
- Truffles: These pralines have a creamy, melt-in-the-mouth filling made with chocolate and cream.
- Nougat pralines: These pralines contain a filling of nougat, a sweet mixture of sugar, honey and nuts.
- Marzipan pralines: These pralines contain a filling of marzipan, a mixture of ground almonds and sugar.
- Fruit Puree Pralines: These pralines have a filling of pureed fruit covered in chocolate.
Choosing the right chocolate
The choice of chocolate is very important for the success of homemade pralines. It is advisable to use a high-quality chocolate as it has a higher cocoa content and therefore offers a more intense taste. Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 70% is best for chocolate pralines. If you like it sweeter, you can also use semi-sweet or milk chocolate. When choosing chocolate, you should also make sure that it is suitable for making pralines.
Chocolate fillings and decoration
In addition to the choice of chocolate, the fillings and decoration of pralines are also important aspects. There are no limits to creativity here. There are numerous ways you can prepare praline fillings. Classics are truffles, nougat and marzipan. But fruit purees or liqueurs can also serve as a filling. You can also let your creativity run free with the decoration. You can garnish the pralines with nuts, brittle or sprinkles or cover them with chocolate icing.
Use the right tools
For the production of chocolates you need certain tools that make your work easier. A praline mold is essential to shape the pralines into a beautiful shape. There are different shapes you can choose from. A piping bag is also helpful for squirting the filling into the praline mold. A chocolate mold is also useful for pouring chocolate bars or figures. You'll also need a saucepan to temper the chocolate and a bowl to melt it.
Our silicone molds are perfect for making chocolates. For example, how about this silicone mold that you can use to create precious heart-shaped chocolates?
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💗 Color: pink
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Temper the chocolate properly
In order for your pralines to have a nice shiny surface and be crunchy, it is important to temper the chocolate correctly. This involves heating the chocolate to a certain temperature and then cooling it down again so that it gets the desired consistency. There are different methods to temper the chocolate. A simple method is tabletting, in which the melted chocolate is cooled and then reheated on a marble slab. However, there are also special temperature control devices that make temperature control easier.
Apply the chocolate icing correctly
To give the pralines the finishing touch, you should apply the chocolate icing correctly. Here it is important to bring the chocolate icing to the right temperature so that it does not become too runny or too thick. It's best to use a small bowl and a spoon to spread the chocolate icing on the pralines. Alternatively, you can use a piping bag.
Even vegans don't have to do without chocolates. There are numerous vegan chocolate and filling variants that are ideal for making vegan chocolates. You should make sure that the chocolate does not contain any milk components and that the filling is plant-based.
Making chocolates yourself is a wonderful way to express your creativity and surprise friends and family with homemade delicacies. With the right ingredients, tools, and techniques, anyone can make delicious chocolate pralines. Whether as a gift for Christmas or Valentine's Day or for at home, making chocolates yourself is always a good choice!