“I Could Write A Sonnet About My Easter Bonnet…”

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

I grew up with tons of cousins.  Seriously. Tons of them.  And we all mostly lived in the same town.  Holidays were always such a blast.

On Easter we would all go over to our grandparent’s house and wait anxiously until everyone would arrive before our Easter egg hunt could begin.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

Me and my cousin Kaydee after one of our Easter egg hunts

And I remember the year I was too old to do the hunt anymore.  It seemed like it happened with no warning.  I was considered a young “adult”.

Adult…? What? When the heck did that happen?

My spirit still feels like this kid…

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

My sister and me with ridiculous amounts of chocolate in my mouth.

The kid that has a huge mouth full of chocolate that is still reaching in her basket for more.  Doesn’t really feel like I’ve changed that much.

But I am trying to change.  I am trying to be more “adult like” at least with my eating habits that is.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

But I don’t think I can ever (nor do I want to) completely cut out dark chocolate.

I do think I can probably refrain from eating it like I am in that picture…  Hopefully.

Left: Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups Right: Dark Chocolate Orange Zest Eggs

Left: Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Right: Dark Chocolate Orange Zest Eggs

I love really dark chocolate. At least 70% but preferably closer to 90%.

The awesome thing  about chocolate this dark is that it doesn’t have much added sugar.

But that also means it is quite bitter.  I love the bitterness, but I know not everyone does.

If you are one of those people that doesn’t love dark chocolate as much, agave easily cuts some of the bitterness and adds some more sweetness in these homemade Easter candies.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

Here’s to an Easter filled with more love and less sugar and preservatives than the last!

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

Homemade Dark Chocolate Easter Candy

Homemade Dark Chocolate Candies
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Ingredients

12 oz dark chocolate (at least 70% and up to 90%)
raw almond butter (or other nut butter of your preference
agave (optional)
orange zest
candy foils
candy molds

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop up chocolate and melt slowly in a double boiler.
  2. Divide chocolate in half and add the zest of an orange to one half.
  3. Add 1-3 tbsp of agave (to your taste preference) if desired to each bowl of chocolate.
  4. For the chocolate/orange candies: fill the molds to the top. Shake lightly to release air bubbles. Place in the freezer to set for 5-10 minutes. For the almond butter candies: add about a tsp of plain chocolate into the mold. Using a small pastry brush or a small unused paint brush, brush the chocolate up the sides of the mold to create a shell. Place in the freezer to set for 5 minutes. Add about 1/4 tsp of almond butter to each mold and fill to the top with chocolate. Put back in the freezer to set.
  5. Once set, remove the chocolate from the freezer and gently tap on the counter to release. If the chocolates do not release easily, put back into the freezer to set more.
  6. Wrap each piece of chocolate in foil.
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31 comments on ““I Could Write A Sonnet About My Easter Bonnet…””

  1. great post - love all the easter spring photos! very creative..
  2. What a lovely alternate idea to the store bought Easter chocolates. I cannot cut out dark chocolate either. I have read it has some health benefits so I tend to nibble on a little every evening with my tea... Have a lovely Easter!
  3. this is a lovely idea!
  4. I love, love, love dark chocolate. Definitely will try this. Thanks for sharing.
  5. There is no shame in the chocolate in your mouth in that picture. Growing up, I ate my entire stocking of candy in 5 minutes flat every Christmas. There is video footage that looks extra hilarious sped up. Me stuffing my face, proceeding to jump around like a possessed child on speed, crashing on my new bean bag, then darting to the bathroom to throw up. Life hasn't changed much since then.
    • HAHAHA! I would love to see that video! I would always TRY to save some of my candy but it never really happened and I would end up eating it all pretty much that day. These are ALL still in my fridge (except for the few my husband ate last night) I'm learning :)
  6. This is great! I also love dark chocolate! Can't wait to give this recipe a try, maybe with some sea salt and almonds. Yum!
  7. Chocolate+Orange=Perfection. Great post!
  8. The old pictures are so adorable! You were such a sweetie!
  9. Such lovely photos, new and old.
  10. I just love love love this post! So many great childhood memories around these times - your eggs look gorgeous, and your memories even more so. Happy Easter to you!
  11. This looks great - wonderful post and wonderful photography! I have a problem with easter too - once I've opened an egg I can't stop, I get irresistible urges to eat it all...
    • It is a problem isn't it? I think it is easier with dark chocolate not to go on a binge. It is so rich that with just a few nibbles I don't want any more. I feel satisfied. Hope you have a lovely Easter Nick!
  12. Aww, such a sweet post. Love this.
  13. Ack! Thanks for the reminder - I need to make cookies this weekend! Also biscuits (which are quick and easy). Hmm perhaps I can use a family gathering as a tester for my cookies, complete with grades. Might be tough, as everyone there is about sweet, not savory, confections.
  14. Awww, what adorable pictures! :) Love the recipe - nothing like dark chocolate. Well done!
  15. These look yummy! I love how you wrapped your homemade chocolate...so cute. And the picture of you as a child, adorable!
  16. Yum! Waaaaay back when hubby and I were dating, I made him a GIGANTIC PB cup (he loves PB). Now, we stick to the bite-size ones. MUCH safer. :-) Happy Easter!
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