What? Ganache?! Are you crazy? That sounds hard!
Don’t worry. Take a breath. I was scared too, but it turns out this is so simple!
These delightful little chocolate cups were my very first candy making experience. No oven required, I’ve always heard horror stories about burning chocolate but I faced my fears and ended with marvelous results.
The bottom layer is an intense dark chocolate, peppermint ganache quickly topped with a creamy white chocolate layer finally sprinkled with crumbled candy canes. I took them to a Christmas party and they were quickly gone. They look cute and make for the perfect bite-sized refresher.
8 oz. dark chocolate (semi- sweet would be good too)
8 oz. white chocolate
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. peppermint
5 crushed candy canes (I used mini)
To begin we start with a double boiler. I know, I’ve never used one before either but you will quickly realize this contraption is a masterpiece!
Dark chocolate, peppermint, and whipping cream go in the pot.
This looks nice.
But this looks so much nicer. Out of sheer fear, I stirred mine constantly to assure no burnt chocolate. You can live your life on the edge if you want to and stir occasionally.
Once melted, it’s time to fill out mini cups.
Fill them half way, a spoon and mini spatula do the job nicely. Fingers could work too. Admire your work and let them sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. To pass the time, lick out the bowl.. and then wash it because we’ll need it again to melt the white chocolate.
White chocolate goes in the double boiler and once melted sits beautifully atop the dark chocolate ganache. (Apparently I was so mesmerized by the melting white chocolate that I forgot to take a picture of it.
Candy canes get pulverized. I used the butt of a knife. You use what works best.
Back in the fridge for another 30 minutes and they are ready. Quick, simple. They made me happy and I hope they make you happy too.