We have officially arrived, it’s the hot summer season in Colorado – and it’s hot. I don’t like the heat when I’m not pregnant, now I have a new twist to deal with. In addition, the air conditioning is broke in both our cars. Why can’t that break in the winter? Josh says I must not do the children of Israel on him. Thankfulness is abounding though, we’re approaching August, the end is in sight! One month left. . . fall is just around the corner.
I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday, and noticed they have all the fall products out. I know this irks a lot of people. I do agree that one can feel very deprived of enjoying a season when the stores have all the seasonal fun stuffs on clearance before the season has started, but. . . I really enjoyed smelling all of the autumn candles, and poking through decor, and pretty plates (have you seen the cute fall dishes in Hobby Lobby?), and scarecrows, the list goes on.
For today, however, it’s hot. That really sleepy heavy hot. So, I’m going to share something fun for all your cold, chocolately desserts. It’s so easy, but I don’t know how many of you know that you can make these yourself. Homemade chocolate chips.
I’ve seen a Nestle` brand of chocolate chunks in the store, but I’ve never seen chips anywhere before. You know, the yummy thin chips that you can sprinkle on desserts and mix in ice cream. Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite, and since it’s summer, I’m making lots and lots of ice cream. Have fun!
Homemade Chocolate Chips
You can make chips with any kind of chocolate – white, dark, milk, bittersweet, they all work!
1. In a small bowl, melt 1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips.
Stir until smooth.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. I prefer parchment paper for everything, but wax paper works just as well for this. Pour the melted chocolate on to the lined pan.
Spread with a spoon, metal icing spatula or other small spatula. I have found that if you don’t have a metal icing spatula, a spoon works best.
Spread it as thinly as you can. If you would like to make your own chocolate chunks (like for cookies), spread thicker, but otherwise, you want the chocolate to be as thin as you can spread it.
Place pan of chocolate in the freezer, and freeze until solid. This takes less than 10 minutes. (wow) Remove from freezer, and this is what you have…
You have to work quickly at this point, especially if it’s warm in your kitchen. Use a pizza cutter to cut the chocolate into rows, like so…
And then crosswise into chips…
Cut them as small or large as you need them! If the chocolate starts to get too soft while you’re working, just stick the pan back in the freezer for a couple minutes. They will return to a chilled sold state again. Cut the chips until you are content with their size.
Place the pan in the freezer for a few more minutes – to make sure they retain their solid “chip” state. The key (and it isn’t hard) with this whole recipe is keeping the chocolate cold while you work.
Now, slide the chips off of the pan and into a glass bowl. I store my chocolate chips in the freezer at this point until I use them, but the refrigerator is fine too. Usually not stored for long… they go into homemade peppermint ice cream soon after around here.
Isn’t that great? It’s almost therapeutic making chocolate chips. It’s just plain fun and easy.
Do you want to see what else I’ve been working on? My Winnie the Pooh Quilt for our baby girl…
These are not the greatest pictures, but I was in a hurry! I’m hoping to be able to get it layered and pinned this week for quilting. 🙂 Yes, I’m going to iron it.
On the note of August coming up, don’t forget that Free Book Friday is starting up again in August! Details coming soon!
Have a blessed day, Jessica