Strawberry Jam Inside A Chocolate

by Susan
(Massachusetts)

How would I put strawberry jam inside a chocolate?



What I mean is can I just pour chocolate around strawberry jam and it will harden as an individual candy bite?








Hi Susan,

Oh how yummy that sounds! I love the cream filled centers on chocolate candy that are fruit flavored, like strawberry, raspberry, and orange.


Since living in Australia, I've even learned to really love chocolate covered Turkish Delight. It's an unusual taste if you aren't used to it, but I adore it now. Mmmmm.


One of my mom's favorite candies were those old chocolate covered raspberry jelly sticks. That's kind of along the lines of what you want to make, but the center would be firmer than jam.


The best way to make what you are describing would be to use a candy mold. There are hundreds of cute molds to choose from at Candyland Crafts for less than $2 each.


Anyway, what you would need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Melt the chocolate.

  2. Fill the candy mold with melted chocolate and let it set for about 10 minutes so that it begins to firm up on the outside but isn't completely set in the center.

  3. Tip the candy mold over the bowl of melted chocolate to remove the chocolate that hasn't set yet leaving you with just the outside shell in the mold still.

    This can be messy, so you'll probably want a nice firm spatula or scraper to scrape the excess chocolate off of the mold itself and back into the bowl.

  4. Let the chocolate in the mold set the rest of the way. Spoon your strawberry jam into the molds, but leave enough room at the top to put more melted chocolate over the jam to finish off the candy and completely enrobe the jam in chocolate.

  5. Cover the jam with the remaining melted chocolate and allow to completely set before tipping the finished candies out onto the tray or table.


Well, that's one way of putting the strawberry jam inside a chocolate for delicious individual candies.


Some people like this alternative to the mess of tipping all that chocolate back out of the mold...


Use a small brush and paint each individual mold with melted chocolate in the bottom and up the sides. You may have to do this a few times, letting it set in between, to get the chocolate thick enough.


Either method works. Just use whichever suits your personality and temperament the best, I guess. :)


Okay, if you are just dying to give this a try asap and you don't want to wait around for a mold, I suppose you can TRY this method...

  • Use very firm jam and scoop out small amounts and drop them in the melted chocolate to cover.

  • Pull the covered jam bites out with a fork or dipping tool (tapping it gently on the side of the bowl to remove the excess) and place them on a waxed paper lined tray to set.



I don't know how successful that method will be, but if the jam was firm enough, it could certainly work.


Now that you've been given these options, you have to be sure to come back and tell us what you ended up doing and how it turned out! :)


Enjoy!
Angie

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