I came across this really cute quote.. “CHOCOLATE DOESN’T ASK SILLY QUESTIONS, CHOCOLATE UNDERSTANDS!” Its so true, a grumpy mood can be lightened up by a single piece of Chocolate! Chocolate is everybody’s favourite. While people may have different likes within chocolate, some like the bitter-sweet dark chocolate, some like the creamy milk chocolate, and some the simple white chocolate. But, in any form chocolate is absolutely fabulous!
There are numerous ways to use chocolate, make it into a cake, a toffee, add it to a drink, to a meal. What you can do with chocolate is limitless!
I love making chocolate truffles, but last year for Diwali, I experimented with something different. I made some Chocolate Mint Squares. They look bright and colourful, are super-super easy and make for a great Gift! Not to forget, the people who receive them as a gift love them and then it adds that extra special touch to your gifts! Every bit worth the effort!
I added a two layer mint flavouring, I used the mint essence available in the market, along with some crushed mint candies( I used POLO). They made the chocolate absolutely decadent!
PS: Try and resist the temptation to slurp up the melted chocolate cause the aroma you get while it melts is intoxicating!
Chocolate Mint Squares
- 1 cup dark choco chips (I chopped up a big dark chocolate bar into small pieces)
- 1 cup white choco chips
- 3-4 drops mint essence
- 2-3 drops liquid green chocolate colouring
- 1/4 cup powdered mint candy
How to Make it
- Melt both the chocolates separately in a bain-marie(double boiler). Make sure it is a smooth liquid with no lumps.
- To the melted white chocolate add the mint essence, green colour and the powdered candy. Mix well.
- Spread some butter paper on the kitchen counter. Pour the melted dark chocolate over it and spread it out around 1 cm in thickness.
- Now drizzle the white chocolate mix over the dark chocolate, creating a messy pattern.
- Using a hot knife( keep it in some warm water and then wipe it before using), Gently score the surface of the chocolate to create a pattern on the chocolate. Be careful not to overmix the two chocolates.
- Allow it to sit on the counter and cool. Once it is “almost set” use a warm knife and cut it into squares of desired shape. Alternatively you can allow it to cool completely, peel off the butterpaper and then break it into rough pieces to make Chocolate Mint Bark.
- This chocolate will keep for around 2 weeks, that is IF you don’t finish it by the end of the day ;).