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 amazon.com.
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.
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