Chocolate is a decadent treat that few people can resist. Whether you prefer milk, dark or white chocolate, you can make chocolate bars at home that suit your own taste. Make your bars plain or incorporate some tasty add-ins for a special treat. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, NC, is famous for delicacies like its maple and roasted salt truffle; with a handful of sea salt and a dash of maple flavoring, you can recreate that taste at home in a chocolate bar. Let your imagination guide you as you try different flavor combinations of your own.
Fill the bottom of the double boiler halfway with water.
Pour the chocolate chips into the top of the double boiler.
Set the top half of the double boiler onto of the bottom half and place the pot on the stove over low heat.
Stir the chocolate chips constantly until they're just melted.
Stir in any additions to your chocolate bar, such as chopped nuts, crisp rice, toffee bits, coarse sea salt or dried fruit bits, if desired.
Remove the pan from the heat and pour the liquified chocolate into a candy bar mold, available at craft stores or online.
Place the mold in the refrigerator and allow it to chill until the chocolate is completely set.
Wrap the candy bar in aluminum foil and store it in a cool, dry place.
- If you don't have a double boiler, you can melt the chips in the microwave. Pour them into a glass or ceramic bowl and cover it loosely with plastic wrap, leaving a small space open to vent. Microwave the chocolate on high for 30 seconds and then stir. Continue cooking and stirring at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted.
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