Inspired by an upcoming post, I decided to take the plunge and attempt to make my own chocolate chips. It was way too much fun.
Making your own chocolate chips is really simple: melt down the chocolate of your choosing, add flavor, and re-pipe.
For this batch, I used half green tea, and half lavender. The green tea was just pulled from regular old bags, and ground with a mortar and pestle.
I used lavender extract for the lavender version – but it was so strange. I’m not sure whether it was the vodka from the extract, or the fact that it was cold and liquid, but it did not play nicely with the white chocolate I used! It turned out a great deal more waxy in texture. The flavor was fine, though.
My standard way to get the chocolate (or any icing) into the piping bag is to use a tall glass and fold the bag over the edges. I then cut off a tiny piece of the bag and piped my heart out. I found that sticking the chocolate in the freezer for a minute helped my piping technique quite a bit; it was easier to control and create individual chips once it had cooled off a little.
It was a very fun projects, and opens a ton of possibilities – melt down dark chocolate and mix in cinnamon and cayenne? Melt down milk chocolate and mix in caramel? Orange extract or zest? Lemon? I can’t wait to try more.