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What could be a sweeter gift for your sweetheart than a homemade chocolate slab for Valentine’s day? This recipe is so simple. And the results are fabulous. This make is every inch as spectacular as some of the chocolate slab creations that you can buy in expensive high street chocolate shops.
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What Is a Chocolate Slab?
A homemade chocolate slab is pretty much a fancy name for a solid bar of chocolate, that can contain dried fruit, nuts or sweets. In fact — you can decorate it with pretty much anything you fancy.
How Do You Decorate a Chocolate Slab?
This is where the fun begins. You can decorate a chocolate slab in any way you choose; the only limit is your imagination! I’ve seen them decorated with tiny marshmallows, popping candy and even edible glitter!
But, personally, I think having different textures and flavours is a must. I love the combination of soft, smooth chocolate, studded with something crunchy and possibly something chewy.
And one of the things I like about this homemade chocolate slab recipe is the three different colours of chocolate.
How Do You Melt Chocolate Slabs?
So, how do you melt the chocolate for a chocolate slab? Well, there’s the bain-marie method, where you melt your chocolate in a bowl in a pan of water. But, for ease, I melt my chocolate in a microwave.
I put the microwave on half power and blast my chocolate initially for 30 seconds, then stir.
Then I cook for further 10 second blasts; checking the chocolate each time. When it’s almost liquid, I pop a piece of solid chocolate in to the melted chocolate and give it a stir. If it melts totally, I add another piece — and repeat this process until the chocolate wont melt any further.
This — in chocolatier speak — is apparently called ‘seeding’.
And once your chocolate is at this stage, it’s the perfect consistency to work with.
How Do you Shape a Chocolate Bar?
If you’re feeling fancy, you can use a chocolate mould. There are loads of inexpensive versions online — I bought a pack of three chocolate moulds from Amazon for £5.99. They’re perfect for making this homemade chocolate slab recipe.
They’re great quality for the price and the chocolate pops out really easily.
But if you don’t want to use a mould, you can pour your chocolate onto greaseproof paper.
I do this with any leftover chocolate.
For this chocolate slab recipe I made two hearts with the leftovers. I drew a heart shape on a piece of greaseproof paper; turned it over then piled the chocolate into the shape.
Let the chocolate cool, and voila! The perfect Valentine’s heart.
Homemade Chocolate Slab Recipe for Valentine’s Day
- 800g of milk chocolate
- 800g of white chocolate
- A few drops of red food colouring
- Sweets and other decorations — I used Haribo hearts, cake sprinkles and Smarties
- Melt your chocolate
- Pour/spread your melted chocolate into your mould or onto greaseproof paper
- Sprinkle some sweets onto the wet chocolate; then leave to cool.
- If you're doing more than one colour of chocolate; once your slab is set, repeat the above process with your next batch of chocolate. I melted my white chocolate in two bowls, then added a few drops of red food colouring to one of the bowls, to create pink chocolate.
- Pour/spread the melted chocolate onto your cooled, set chocolate, then decorate with sprinkles, sweets or whatever decorations you prefer.
- Leave to cool and set then enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 2968Total Fat 169gSaturated Fat 102gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 53gCholesterol 134mgSodium 512mgCarbohydrates 332gFiber 10gSugar 306gProtein 37g
Calculations was calculated by Nutritionix and is approximate
Whether you use a mould or greaseproof paper, this homemade chocolate slab recipe is really simple to create and makes a lovely gift.
I tend to break the larger bars up into smaller ones. Then pop them into a biodegradable cello bag or a little jar.
And that’s it! The perfect homemade chocolate slab for Valentine’s day.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.