Scrummy Yummy Choccys and a Hike In The Forest

It's been like a raw chocolate factory around here... it's like this a lot at home too, but wherever I go, I tend to find my way into (and usually take over) the kitchie - in this case, Philip's. Of course there was plenty of trial and error in making the moonie pies = lots of samplers. Besides that I've been working on multiple other sweet projects (which I can't let outta the bag quite yet) so there has been a plethora of extra goodies around! Here are some of the choccies I've been whipping up (gotta have my choccie on a daily basis)...

For all of these I used the Dark Chocolate from Just Desserts ebook

Fruit & Nut Clusters - Dark choccie with almonds, goji berries, raisins, cashews, dried strawberries/blueberries 

Choccie Cups with filling... 

...the filling is pistachio butter and honey...

The cups are easier than they look. I coated the inside of mini silicone cups a few times to create a thick shell. Once coated I chilled them in the freezer for just a few minutes to harden. I then spooned the filling (above: raw pistachio butter with a dollop of honey) into the center, and spread more melted choccie on top. A hazelnut made a nice garnish on the top (a pistachio would have been nice but I didn't have one... any nut works... there's a cashew on a cup in the back that is filled with a chocolate cream. You can make these with any nut butters - I really love pecan or almond butter too, mixed with a little sweetener.

Hemp Butter/Honey Chocolate Cups

If you're not up for making filled choccie cups (it does take a few extra minutes to coat the cups a few times/chill, fill, etc), you can make Solid Choccie Cups!

These are Orange Goji Berry Nut Cups: Dark chocolate with a few drops of orange essential oil, mixed with gojis and almonds, spooned into the silicone cups. Let chill and voila! The other ones in the pic are Mint Nut Chip: choc with mint essential oil, cacao nibs, and cashews.

Onto a different note, the weather has been amazing here lately! Philip and I took full advantage, with a hike through the forest last weekend. It was so nice to see an open lake again (would you believe that mine at home is still frozen - but luckily in the process of melting).

Yeee!!! Loving the stream! 

I couldn't resist climbing up the trees and striking a little yoga/gymnastics pose. 
Open lake... Reminds me of home!
We thought this tree was really neat! 

It's supposed to be 31C (88F) here tomorrow, so we'll be venturing out for another hike and I am so excited! I hope you're enjoying some warm weather too!

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22 Comments
  1. April 8, 2010 at 00:24
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    Beautiful hiking scenery!! And beautiful chocolates - I'm blessed to have tried your confections firsthand :)

  2. April 8, 2010 at 02:33
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    we are huge choccie fans here too. i love the idea of dried strawberries. we've done dried raspberries and it is really delicious. do you use "just strawberries" brand?<br /><br />lucky you that it is such nice weather! we are farther along on foliage on the trees but it's rainy and grey.

  3. April 8, 2010 at 02:39
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    What a glorious, decadent day.

  4. April 8, 2010 at 03:54
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    that pistachio/honey filling sounds INCREDIBLE. open up a chocolate shop already!!

  5. April 8, 2010 at 11:44
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    Those chocolate cups are GORGEOUS! I bet they taste absolutely out of this world, what fantastic flavor combinations. YUM YUM YUM!

  6. April 8, 2010 at 12:31
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    I love your chocolates! They look beautiful! I just made the almond butter ones the other day and they were really yummy! Great pictures too! Any hints on making the chocolate because mine doesn't turn out as pretty and smooth, and I do sift the chocolate.

  7. April 8, 2010 at 12:37
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    Beautiful pics!! It's been very warm in NJ too! Yesterday was in the 90's! :) You can come stay at my house and thank me in chocolate. :) Or I can be a taste tester.. you decide! Ha ha!

  8. April 8, 2010 at 13:02
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    I love the tree pic! I am the same way when I am out in nature.

  9. April 8, 2010 at 13:59
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    thanks for the motivation to get outside and take a long nature walk today! :) also posted about your spinach basil pesto sauce, the best sauce we've EVER used on our rawsta!

  10. April 8, 2010 at 14:14
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    It's 7AM and I want to make those chocolates:) Your creativity is really astounding! <br />That forest looks really gorgeous and I love that pict of you doing the yoga pose..so cool! <br />PS I had a quick question for you. Do you recommend a certain type of mold to make chocolates? I think your post mentioned you used a silicone mold. Are these the best to use? Thanks!

  11. April 8, 2010 at 16:13
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    Chocolate and hiking...what could be better?!

  12. April 8, 2010 at 16:53
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    Those chocolates look so good. I especially like the hemp filling. Mmmm!<br /><br />Wow, it is so gorgeous where you took your hike. Thanks for sharing the pics.<br /><br />BTW, I linked about your Moonie Pie Challenge today. I'll probably do it again before it's over.

  13. April 8, 2010 at 17:45
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    The cups with the pistachio cream look amazing! I will be making those soon... well, maybe now!

  14. April 8, 2010 at 18:25
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    Those chocolates look like heaven to me :) And that picture of you on the log striking your yoga pose is sweet!

  15. April 9, 2010 at 00:36
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    Come on over for choccies anytime, guys! I really do mean that, I love to feed my friends! <br /><br />Bitt - Yes, I do use the Just Strawberries! :) They are sooo good! <br /><br />Laurel - emailed you ;)<br /><br />Melissa - I do use the mini silicone muffin cup molds. You can also get plastic candy molds that will work great as well if you want diff designs.

  16. April 9, 2010 at 02:14
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    Yummy, yummy, yummy! Chocolate is a fave of mine no matter what Paul Nison says about it ;o)<br /><br />What a beautiful hike! It's going to be that warm here tomorrow too. Isn't it great?!?

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