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Making Allergy-Friendly Chocolates
Posted By Pamela Lee On 2011/12/13 @ 11:49 am In Birthday,Christmas, Hanukkah,Dessert,Easter, Passover,Eggs,Fish,Milk/Dairy,Mustard,Other Desserts,Other Legumes,Peanut,Sesame,Shellfish,Soy,Sulphites,Tree Nuts,Wheat | No Comments
By Pamela Lee
At holiday time, making your own chocolate goodies is a crafty and fun-filled afternoon. Following are my recipes for: chocolates, ganache frosting and chocolate clay figures and bouquets.
All are free of: The top 8 allergens, sesame and gluten. Enjoy!
Try whipping up some professional-looking chocolates. You’ll need store-bought molds in designs such as Santas, angels or bunnies.
“Tempering” will be crucial. That’s the process of heating then cooling chocolate to specific temperatures to produce glossy-looking treats that “snap” when you break them and look store-bought. Chocolate is finicky (one drop of water can ruin an entire batch) and it burns easily – so go slowly. It’s best to make small batches of a few chocolates at a time until you get the hang of it.
*Note: I used Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips  for this recipe and the ganache. There are other brands of allergen-free chocolate available as well.
Editor’s Note: Pamela writes the “Allergic Diva” column in the Canadian edition of Allergic Living magazine .
Once you try this versatile concoction, you’ll be hooked.
Put it in a container and refrigerate (up to a week) to use as a spread, as a frosting or heated for fondue. Spoon it into heated milk (soy, rice, hemp, oat) for a decadent cup of hot chocolate. Can also add a touch of your favorite flavor extract or liquor and use the ganache to fill the molded chocolates above.
**Note: For nut allergies – most allergists consider coconut safe to be eaten by those with tree-nut allergies. But you may wish to check with your own doctor.
Try this recipe to make chocolate letters, figures or even beautiful chocolate bouquets.
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