Sugar-Free Easter Chocolates
Easter just wouldn’t be the same without a selection of delicious chocolate treats to enjoy, especially for the kids! But how do you give everyone the sweet treats they love without all the excess sugar and carbs? Simple! All you have to do is get a little creative, gather the right supplies, and you can make your own fun Easter chocolates right at home.
This is a fun activity that the whole family can participate in, and it’s extremely easy to do. The number of supplies and ingredients you’ll need is short, and the process is simple. Here, we will show you just how fast and easy it is to make your own sugar-free and low-sugar Easter chocolates. You’ll get a list of essential ingredients and tools, as well as ideas for different ways you can customize the treats and make them truly unique. Let’s hop to it!
Choose a Good Quality Chocolate
The basic ingredient you’ll need, of course, is a good quality chocolate to use to make your treats. Chocolate comes in a wide variety of flavours and types, from milk chocolate that is common in all kinds of candy bars, to extra dark chocolate that is made with a very high percentage of pure cocoa. Chocolate can be flavoured with all kinds of different tastes, like orange or raspberry, and if you’re using white chocolate, can be any colour of the rainbow.
Regardless of what you may want your chocolates to look like or taste like, one thing you’ll want to be sure of is its sugar content. Indulging in chocolate while on the low carb diet requires careful measuring and moderation, since the high sugar content can easily send your carb counts through the roof. That’s why it’s important to find a good quality sugar-free chocolate or low-sugar chocolate to use instead.
There are many choices for sugar-free and low-sugar chocolate that is suitable for baking or making homemade Easter treats. For example, these sugar free Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips from Krisda are sweetened with stevia, and are completely sugar-free. If you prefer your chocolate to be of the darker variety, with a more potent cocoa flavour, these low sugar dark chocolate chips from Lily’s are extremely low in sugar and are a great choice for any chocolatey creations you want to make.
While sugar-free white chocolate options are a bit more limited, we’ve found a fantastic recipe for sugar-free white chocolate that you can make at home from scratch! It produces a beautiful and delicious white chocolate that is absolutely perfect for making molded chocolate treats. This recipe for Sugar-Free White Chocolate comes from Nora at ACleanBake.com and is the perfect solution for making white chocolate treats for Easter.
Tips for Melting Chocolate
Melting chocolate may seem like an extremely simple job, but there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind while you do it. First, chop up the chocolate in to smaller bits to make it faster and easier to work with. Next, be sure to melt the chocolate over very low heat. Here’s a great video from Realsimple.com on how to melt chocolate using a combination of a heat-proof bowl and a saucepan with simmering water to create the perfect conditions for melting chocolate without any risk of burning.
As the chocolate melts, be sure to stir it to blend it smooth and avoid any lumps or un-melted bits, this will ensure smooth and perfect-looking treats when you remove them from the molds.
Fun & Festive Chocolate Molds
Now that you’ve got the chocolate melted and ready to go, you’ll need some fun and festive chocolate molds to pour it in to and make your treats. Bunnies, eggs, chicks, and more are easy to find and make for some cute shapes for your treats. Pour the chocolate in carefully and slowly, and give the occasional gentle shake to the mold to encourage any air bubbles to the surface. Allow the chocolate to cool completely before removing from the mold. Chill in the refrigerator if you’re in more of a hurry, but don’t rush too quickly or you’ll end up with a big mess on your hands.
Chocolate molds come in several different materials, including silicone, plastic, and metal. Silicone molds are very popular since they are soft and bendy, making it easy to remove the chocolates without risking any damage to them. Metal or hard plastic molds may need to be gently tapped, or warmed in order to have the chocolates removed once they are chilled, so be careful not to hit them too hard and risk damaging the mold or breaking the chocolates as they come out.
Add Some Colour to your Creations!
If you’ve decided to use white chocolate, you can easily pour out a bit in to several smaller cups and add a drop or two of food colouring to create multiple different colours of chocolate. These can be used separately, or combine them to create fun patterns in the chocolates that are unique and interesting. Play around with a few different methods and have some fun experimenting with swirly, coloured chocolate!
Try Different Ingredients & Toppings
If you’re feeling extra-creative, why not try including some fun accent ingredients or toppings? For example, if you’re a fan of licorice, try inserting a small sugar-free licorice piece in the middle of the chocolate while it’s still soft. You can do this with sugar-free gummies or caramels, too. Here’s your opportunity to get really crazy and start coming up with your own individual treats that are truly special. If you’re having fun, then you’re doing it right!
This just goes to show that even those holidays that are famous for their sugary treats don’t need to be a time for stress for low carb dieters. There are plenty of ways to come up with amazingly delicious treats that are low-sugar and sugar-free, and we bet that nobody would ever be able to tell the difference.
We hope that these tips and ideas have given you some inspiration to try something new this Easter. Making your own chocolates is a fun and sweet way to bring the family closer together.