Last week I went on a bit of a holiday chocolatemaking binge. In a couple of days, I made chocolate bars, candied chocolate-dipped grapefruit peels, and these peppermint lollipops. I only intended to make green pops with white chocolate, but they turned out so well that I decided to experiment with dark chocolate and red gel coloring, too!
I ended up two batches of lollipops, one in red (dipped in dark chocolate) and the other in green (dipped in white chocolate). Then, I flavored the pops with natural peppermint oil, and finished each one with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy.
These delightful peppermint lollipops make a great addition to a Christmas care package. They’re perfect stocking stuffers, and look lovely tied atop wrapped presents, too!
Chocolate deviled eggs? What?
When most people think of chocolate eggs, they’re usually thinking of Easter candy–Cadbury Creme Eggs, for example, or traditional buttercream Easter egg candies. This version of “deviled eggs” is a bit less seasonal, making it ideal for potlucks and summer picnics.
I’ve always loved deviled eggs. So much so, in fact, that I’ve started eating them for breakfast and/or lunch, a couple of times per week. I also have a bit of a fascination with foods that look like other foods. I actually made a Pinterest board about them! So, I put these two together and created a tasty treat which resembles an authentic deviled egg, but is most definitely for dessert.
These white chocolate candy eggs are made using a silicone candy mold and are filled with a jam or jelly filling of your choice. I used an apricot jam from Trader Joe’s. Any flavor of jam would work well, so feel free to experiment based on your preferences. You can also adjust your buttercream flavoring so that it pairs nicely with the jam you choose. Coconut buttercream with strawberry would be a tasty combination, for example. You could also fill your eggs with peanut butter, chocolate ganache, etc. The possibilities are endless!