Technically, this was my Valentine's Day special but of course, Valentine's Day has already passed.
This is my first time making my own chocolate bars but I already have experience making chocolate at my day job(that's all I'll say about it- even the Meatloaf Princess needs money to support her weird recipes and herself(kinda)!), which prepared me well for this video.
Originally, I was only planning to make chocolate bars, but I had so much beef tallow caramel leftover, I needed to use it, so I made my own Twix bars, which are really simple to make:
Put a chunk of caramel on top of a graham cracker and top said graham cracker with melted Baker's chocolate. Let set.
So you might be wondering which of the two types of chocolates I made I preferred- the answer to that would obviously be the Twix bars!
Making your own chocolate bars is easier than making your own caramel, all you gotta do is melt Baker's chocolate, pour melted chocolate into candy bar moulds, and top with anything you like(well, except for fresh fruits and veggies- those will cause the chocolate not to harden and set due to the inherent moisture of the produce. Anything else is fair game!)!
My dad didn't try either bar because chocolate keeps him up at night, unlike Yours Truly!
These chocolates are a good combo of sweet and salty, with the meatloaf seasoning and beef jerky providing a bit of smokiness to the bars!
HELPFUL LINK: Candy Bar Mould: https://www.amazon.com/Freshware-CB-607BR-Silicone-Break-Apart-Chocolate/dp/B00CBGPPTC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487534466&sr=8-1&
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large, microwave safe bowl with lid
A candy bar mould(see HELPFUL LINK)
A large plate
For the chocolate bars:
8 oz. Baker's semisweet chocolate
Beef Tallow Caramel(see http://www.meatloafprincess.com/recipes--blog-posts/caramel-made-from-beef-tallow)
For the Twix bars:
4 oz. Baker's German's chocolate
4 cinnamon graham cracker sheets
Beef Tallow Caramel
Meatloaf Chocolate Bars
1. Break apart the Baker's chocolate into pieces. If it's hard to break apart, just put the chocolate against your chest to break it. Put each piece into a microwave-safe bowl. Put the lid on the microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, until the chocolate is melted. Stir after every 30 second interval(it took me 60 seconds to melt all the chocolate).
2. Spoon the melted chocolate into a clean, completely dry candy bar mould.
3. Once the chocolate is in the mould, work quickly to put the toppings on: remove the wax paper from 2-4 beef tallow caramels. Then, break apart the caramels and beef jerky into flat pieces. Put the toppings on the chocolate. Sprinkle meatloaf seasoning on top of the chocolate.
4. Rap the chocolate a few times to remove the air bubbles from the chocolate by banging it against a counter or flat surface.
5. Put the mould in the fridge to let the chocolate set for 45-60 minutes.
6. Demould the chocolate by bending the mould to get the chocolate bars out of it.
7. Bon appetit!
Meatloaf Twix Bars
1. Put wax paper on top of a large plate.
2. Break apart the Baker's chocolate into pieces. If it's hard to break apart, just put the chocolate against your chest to break it. Put each piece into a microwave-safe bowl. Put the lid on the microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, until the chocolate is melted. Stir after every 30 second interval(it took me 60 seconds to melt all the chocolate).
3. Place 1 whole cinnamon graham cracker sheet on the wax paper. Remove the wax paper from a large piece of beef tallow caramel. Place the caramel on top of the graham cracker.
4. Top the caramel with the melted chocolate. You want all the chocolate to fully coat the caramel and graham cracker!
5. Once the bar is fully coated in chocolate, break apart some beef jerky into bits and put the bits on top of the chocolate. Sprinkle the bar with meatloaf seasoning.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 to make 3 more bars.
7. Place the bar in the fridge to let the chocolate set for 45-60 minutes.
8. Once the bars have set, leave them out at room temperature; otherwise the caramel will become too hard to chew!. Bon appetit!