DIY Easter Chocolate Bars

Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter has crept up on us once again, and this post is designed to celebrate the chocolate-y goodness of the season!  I just admit, this post is a bit of a fail.  However if you follow my instructions, you can ensure that your batch turns out better than mine did!  This post will be fairly long, so let's jump right in!

For this recipe you will need:

1 cup Milk chocolate chips/wafers
1/4 cup yellow chocolate wafers
1/4 cup blue chocolate wafers
1/4 cup purple chocolate wafers
Decorative sprinkles

4 microwave safe containers
Rectangular baking sheet/cookie sheet
Plate
Wax paper
Sharp knife
Cookie cutters
Microwave/double boiler

Prep Time: Roughly 1 hour
Total Time: Roughly 2 hours
Note that the prep/total time will vary based on the thickness of your chocolate bar.  Thinner chocolate = less time needed.



















Let's get started!

To begin, melt your coloured chocolate wafers in the microwave/double boiler.  Place wax paper on plate, and pour melted chocolate onto plate (roughly 5 mm thickness).  Let harden in refrigerator until chocolate is cool to the touch but still pliable.


Use your cookie cutter to cut out shapes from your colourful chocolate.  Set aside.



Place chocolate shapes into the refrigerator until they completely cool/until needed.  You can either re-melt the scraps and cut more shapes (like I did), or choose to make a separate chocolate bar with the melted scraps.


Repeat with the other colours.  I chose to add silver balls to the yellow as you can see.



Now it's time to melt the milk chocolate!  Melt half of the milk chocolate in the microwave/double boiler.


Line your baking sheet with wax paper.  I used a pyrex dish, but you may want to use something flatter and larger.  It all depends on how thick you want your chocolate bars to be.


Now here is where I made my first mistake.  I placed my chocolate flowers on the bottom of rectangular dish and expected them to show up clearly on the chocolate bar.  They wont.  The chocolate will seep in and around them, and it will be a mess.  Feel free to put chocolate shapes on the bottom of your pan if you wish, but don't expect them to look like anything recognizable if you do.


Cover the bottom of the pan with the melted milk chocolate and let set.


This is a great time to put chocolate shapes on the top of the chocolate if you only plan to have one layer of milk chocolate  I placed leftover chunks of colourful chocolate wafers.  Place the pan in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden.



Now is a great time to clean up your mess.  This is a messy project.  Very messy.


Once the chocolate layer has hardened, melt the second half of your milk chocolate chips/wafers and pour into the pan.

Look at that beautiful chocolate.


Tap tray down on the counter to release air bubbles.  Add remaining chocolate shapes and sprinkles.  Place in refrigerator to harden.


After about half an hour, you're going to want to take your chocolate out of the fridge and cut it up before it completely hardens.  Now, my second major mistake was clearly making the chocolate bar too thick, so this step was particularly difficult for me.  Don't make my mistake: make your chocolate thinner.


To ease the cutting process, warm the knife using hot water, and wipe clean between every cut.


As you can see I pretty much hacked this to pieces, but it came out looking presentable in the end.  You can really see the layers of coloured chocolate wafers in the bars.



I ended up with some pretty rustic looking chocolate bars in the end that were quite the hit with friends! The taste is pretty awesome as well!

Hope you found this DIY fail helpful to some degree.

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