Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dairy-Free Holiday Chocolates

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Sometimes its the little things that make a kid (or grown-up) with food allergies feel normal.  Its always nice to be able to enjoy the same treats that everyone else is having.  Take those little Santa-shaped chocolates, for instance.  You know the ones wrapped in foil that often end up in stockings or as treats at Christmas parties.  Of course they are off limits for those sensitive to dairy, but there is an easy - and just as tasty - alternative.  Are you ready to make the easiest treat in the world?  Good.

All you'll need is some dairy-free chocolate (I use Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, but there are other good choices including Enjoy Life and Chocolate Dream chips) and some Christmas-themed chocolate molds.  The chocolate molds will only run you about $5 and can sometimes be found at craft stores and on

Here's what you do.  Are you ready? - this is a really complicated recipe (not!).

Melt about 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips.  You can do this in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove.  I use the microwave, putting the chips in for about 30 seconds; remove and stir, then another 30 seconds and stir, repeating until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Using a regular teaspoon or other convenient utensil, scoop out a little chocolate and drizzle it into the molds, making sure to completely fill the shape (and try not to lick your fingers!).  Once you've filled all the shapes, tap the mold on the counter a bit to make sure you don't have any air bubbles trapped in the chocolate.  Then let the tray sit on the counter (or in the fridge for those of us with less patience) until the chocolate hardens.  Gently pop out the chocolates and voila! - you now have pretty little Christmas-shaped chocolates that are safe for those with dairy allergies to enjoy.

One cup of chocolate chips yielded 17 little snowmen, candy canes, trees, etc. using the mold I have.  And by the way, if you get interrupted while making these, or if you end up with more melted chocolate in your bowl than can fit in your mold, you can re-heat your melted chocolate and continue with no problem.

This recipe is being shared at Gluten Free MondayBetter Mom MondayMelt In Your Mouth MondayInspire Me MondayMusings of a HousewifeSlightly Indulgent TuesdayHealthy 2day WednesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free WednesdayCast Party WednesdayWheat Free WednesdayWednesday ExtravaganzaFull Plate ThursdayFrugal Food ThursdayUltimate Recipe SwapGluten Free FridaysFoodtastic FridayFoodie FridayFood on FridayPotluck PartyAllergy Friendly Friday


  1. That's such an easy recipe and looks delicious! I may try that next year when my son is a little older (9 months right now).

  2. I have a variety of molds that you can look through sometime!

  3. Well that can't get any easier! I need to check into the molds! I could get some for each holiday! What a special treat for my boys! :)
    Each week I am amazed by the wonderful loyal bloggers that return each week to link up their yummy food and information! I am so happy that each week we have a few new bloggers that join our group!

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
    I hope to see you again next week!

    Cindy from

    1. You're right, Cindy! I also have Easter molds that are fun to make too! Thanks for hosting!

  4. These look so cute!! What a special treat! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  5. Yes, thank you I will have several of these lovely Chocolates, they look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I have some molds I can use--I might make some of these this very afternoon! Thanks for linking to Food on Fridays!

  7. Great looking recipe... I hear you about growing up with food allergies I was one of those kids and unfortunately my daughter is allergic to nuts. She still talks about the day a kid brought in Hersey bars for everyone in the class and she wasn't allowed to have one.

    Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  8. These are lovely.... ;)
    Just wanted to stop by and wish you Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    ♥ Ella


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