How do you make your own artisanal chocolates?

This step-by-step guide will teach you how to make your own artisan chocolates and create the sweet treats you crave. Let your creativity flow as you enjoy this process from start to finish. Have fun making chocolates!


Step 1: Gather the ingredients

  • Check that you have all the necessary ingredients, such as chocolate, cream, butter and any seasonings, on hand before you start making the chocolates.
  • Place the ingredients in an organized place for easy access during the process.
  • It is essential to check in advance that you have all the ingredients in the right quantities, so that you can start making delicious chocolates undisturbed.

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

  • Fill a pan with a layer of water and bring the water to the boil.
  • Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl that fits over the pan.
  • Place the bowl of chocolate over the pan of simmering water and stir frequently until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  • Make sure that no water gets into the chocolate and pay close attention to the temperature to prevent burning.

Step 3: Add the cream and butter

  • Add the cream and butter to the melted chocolate.
  • Mix the ingredients well until everything is well mixed.
  • Make sure the cream and butter are fully integrated into the chocolate.
  • Once the ingredients are well mixed, proceed to the next part of the recipe.

Step 4: Let the mixture cool

  • Let the chocolate mixture rest until it firms up and is still moldable.
  • Stir the mixture occasionally to cool evenly.
  • Check the texture regularly by kneading a small amount in your hands.
  • Make sure that the mixture does not become too hard for further processing.

Step 5: Shape the chocolates

Form small balls from the chocolate mixture and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Make sure the balls are the same size for even presentation and taste. Place the baking sheet with the chocolates in the refrigerator to let them harden before continuing with the recipe. This way, the chocolates will be firm enough that you can later dip them in melted chocolate.


Step 6: Decorate the chocolates

Decorate the chocolates with melted chocolate, nuts, dried fruit or other toppings of your choice. You can put the melted chocolate in a piping bag and draw beautiful stripes over the chocolates, or dip the chocolates in the chocolate for a shiny finish. Then sprinkle some nuts, dried fruit or other toppings on the chocolates while the chocolate is still soft, so that they stick well. Allow the chocolates to dry completely before serving or wrapping them for gift giving.


Step 7: Let the chocolates set

Place the chocolates in the refrigerator to firm up and let them rest there for at least a few hours. This helps the filling to firm up and ensures a good consistency when eating. Patience is important here, so avoid the temptation to take the chocolates out of the refrigerator too quickly. Once set, they are ready to enjoy!


Step 8: Enjoy your homemade chocolates

When the chocolates have become firm, carefully remove them from the mold and place them on a nice plate. Serve the chocolates with coffee or tea for a delicious treat. Do you want others to enjoy your creation? Then wrap the chocolates beautifully and give them as gifts to friends and family. Have fun sharing and enjoying your homemade treat!


Step 9: Save the chocolates

Store the chocolates in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Make sure the chocolates are tightly closed to prevent them from drying out. Do not place the chocolates near strong-smelling food to avoid unwanted flavors. Enjoy the chocolates within a reasonable time for the best quality.


Step 10: Experiment with flavors and shapes

Try different combinations of flavors and shapes by using different fillings and toppings. Mix and match different ingredients to create unique chocolates. Give free rein to your creativity and experiment until you find the perfect taste and shape for your unique chocolates. Have fun with the process!

Summary of creative chocolate work

That sounds like a wonderful adventure! Have fun making your own artisanal chocolates and proudly share them with your friends and family. Enjoy your meal!

Required tools

  • Good quality chocolate
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Candy shapes
  • Decoration such as nuts, dried fruit, or edible glitter
  • Refrigerator
  • Baking paper
  • Pan and bowl for a bain-marie
  • Spatula
  • Knife

Practical advice

  • Make sure you use good quality chocolate with at least 70% cocoa for the best taste
  • Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie to get a smooth and shiny texture
  • Fill the bonbon molds with melted chocolate and let it harden in the refrigerator
  • Experiment with fillings such as nuts, dried fruit, caramel or marzipan for delicious variations
  • Use a thin layer of melted chocolate to finish the chocolates perfectly
  • Allow the chocolates to harden completely before removing them from the molds for a beautiful presentation
  • Package the homemade chocolates in beautiful boxes or bags to give as a gift or to share with friends and family

Instructions for enjoying artisanal chocolates

  • Enjoy the flavors: Take the time to taste the different chocolates and discover the unique flavors and textures
  • Share with friends: Invite some friends to enjoy the chocolates together and share your favorite flavors
  • Create an atmosphere: Make a special occasion even more special by serving the chocolates as a dessert or as part of a luxurious brunch. Have fun discovering the world of “Artisan-made chocolates”!

Frequently asked questions about our artisanal chocolates

What ingredients are used in making artisanal chocolates?

When making artisan chocolates, high-quality ingredients are often used, such as dark chocolate, cream, butter, sugar, and tasty fillings such as ganache, caramel, nuts, and fruit puree. Using fresh and high-quality ingredients is essential for creating delicious and luxurious chocolates.

Are the chocolates filled and shaped by hand?

Yes, chocolates are usually filled and shaped by hand. This manual process ensures precision and attention to detail, resulting in high-quality chocolates. However, some manufacturers use chocolate filling and shaping machines depending on the scale of production.

Are the chocolates produced on a small scale or are they produced on a larger scale?

The chocolates are produced on a small scale.

Are organic ingredients used in making traditional chocolates?

Yes, organic ingredients are often used when making traditional chocolates. This can vary depending on the specific chocolatier or pastry chef, but many choose to use organic ingredients to ensure the quality and sustainability of their products.

How long does it take on average to make a batch of artisanal chocolates?

Making a batch of artisanal chocolates can take an average of 4 to 6 hours, depending on the specific recipe, filling and decoration. It is a precise and time-consuming process, but the result is delicious! Have fun making your chocolates!

Are the artisan chocolates produced locally or do they come from abroad?

The artisanal chocolates are produced locally. The delicious treats are made with great care and craftsmanship in our own chocolate shop here in the Netherlands. This way we can guarantee the quality and freshness of our chocolates. So enjoy our home-grown artisanal products with peace of mind!

How long is the shelf life of traditionally made chocolates?

The shelf life of traditionally made chocolates usually varies from 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the ingredients and preparation method. It is best to store them in a cool, dry place, at a temperature between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. Make sure they are not stored near strong-smelling foods, as chocolates can absorb odors. It is always best to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for optimal shelf life of the chocolates.

How is the filling of the chocolates prepared?

The filling of chocolates is usually prepared by combining various ingredients such as cream, butter, sugar and flavorings and heating them to a smooth and creamy consistency. This filling can also be enriched with nuts, liqueurs, fruits or spices, depending on the recipe. The filling is then poured into the bonbon molds and allowed to cool before the bonbons are covered with a layer of chocolate.

Are the chocolates only available in standard flavors or are there also seasonal variants?

The chocolates are available in both standard flavors and seasonal variants. The standard flavors are always available, while the seasonal variants may vary depending on the time of year. So you will find a mix of both options, so that there is always something new and surprising to try in addition to the classic flavors. Have fun trying out the different chocolates!

How are the chocolates packaged to maintain freshness?

The chocolates are usually individually wrapped in airtight packaging, such as foil or cellophane. This preserves the freshness of the chocolates because no air or moisture can get into them. In addition, chocolates are often packed in boxes or tins to provide them with extra protection against external influences. This way the chocolates remain nice and fresh and tasty.

What flavors are available with artisanal chocolates?

With traditionally made chocolates, there are many different flavors available, depending on the chocolatier and his creativity. Some classic flavors include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, praline, caramel, marzipan, and various types of nuts and dried fruit. In addition, more unique flavors are often offered, such as lavender, chili pepper, sea salt, and different types of liqueurs. The range can therefore vary greatly depending on the chocolate maker.

Are the chocolates suitable for people with specific dietary requirements, such as vegans or people with allergies?

Yes, there are chocolates available that are suitable for people with specific dietary requirements, such as vegans or people with allergies. Vegan chocolates are made without animal products and can be dairy-free, for example. In addition, there are chocolates available that are free from common allergens, such as nuts, gluten or soy. It is important to always check the ingredients list or ask the manufacturer for advice to ensure that the chocolates meet your specific dietary requirements.

Are the chocolates freshly made or are they kept in stock?

The chocolates are freshly made by us. We use only the best ingredients and prepare them with care to ensure the highest quality. If you are a lover of fresh chocolates, you have come to the right place!

Are there any special techniques or traditions used in making artisanal chocolates?

Yes, making artisanal chocolates uses different techniques and traditions to achieve the perfect taste and texture. Some examples are tempering chocolate to obtain a beautiful shine and firmness, filling chocolates with different fillings such as ganache, praline or fruit puree, and decorating chocolates with, for example, edible flowers or gold leaf. Each chocolatier often has their own secret techniques and recipes that contribute to the unique taste of their chocolates.



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