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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Grama's Freezer Chocolates Guest Post

Tanya is guest posting for today's Tasty Tuesday with a fun candy recipe.


Here's Tanya!

Hi, Everyone! What a thrill it is to be here at A Glimpse Inside, doing my very first guest post, while Allison settles into her new home.

Let me introduce myself…I’m Tanya, stay-at-home mom to two adorable (chaotic!) little boys, and the blogger behind Sew Many Dreams. I love to sew, knit, paint, scrapbook, bake, cook, and am willing to try pretty much any kind of craft. Here’s a little of what you might find on my blog:

Told you my boys are cuties!
Today’s feature: my grandmother’s amazing freezer chocolate recipe. Both my paternal grandparents were professional bakers for many years, and I grew up sampling their sweet delights. Although Grama generally stuck to bread, cakes, Chelsea buns and muffins for work, at home, she would whip up these amazing bon-bons for special occasions. These chocolates are not fab for your waistline, but they’re so tasty that I think they’re worth a couple extra minutes at the gym.

Grama’s Freezer Chocolates

-2 tbsp butter, room temp
-1 1/2 tbsp corn syrup
-6 cups (1 1/2 lbs) icing sugar
-1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
-2 tsp flavouring extract (vanilla, orange, and maple are all favourites)
-Approximately 1 1/2 cups chocolate coating (I have used milk or dark chocolate bars or chocolate chips mixed with just a dab of shortening, as well as chocolate moulding wafers – it’s all good!)


Mix all ingredients except chocolate and extract in a large bowl. Get in there with your hands and mix everything together until the filling forms into a ball with the consistency of Playdoh, adding just a tsp more condensed milk if necessary. If you want to make more than one flavour, divide the filling into two or three balls, and add about a tsp of extract to each ball. Mix again, until extract is incorporated. Truth be told, I never measure my extract; tasting a little gob of filling is so much more satisfying.
Next up is the chocolate. I like to use melted chocolate bars with a smidge of shortening added to them (Grama used food-grade wax). Moulding wafers are even easier, and melt well in the microwave. Sorry, Grama! I recommend melting your chocolate in a large Pyrex cup, starting with 1 min at 60% power in the microwave. The chocolate may not look like it has melted, but give it a good stir before microwaving for another 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn it!
At this point, Grama would chill her filling, roll into into little balls, and then use a toothpick to hand dip each one in chocolate. I usually bust out some candy moulds ($2-$3 at Bulk Barn) and spoon a bit of chocolate in each cavity, using the back of my spoon to make sure the bottom and sides of the mould are covered.

Pop the mould in the fridge for a couple minutes while you roll a little blob of filling for each chilled mould, and then spoon more warm chocolate on top. Let set 20 minutes in the freezer and remove the chocolates from the mould. Ta da – you need never be without chocolate again!

Don’t you just want to bite into one? I do. No, wait, I did! Strictly for quality control, people. Yeah, that’s it, it’s all about the QC.

If plain chocolates aren’t your thing, you can dip balls of filling into chocolate and then roll them in crushed nuts, cocoa, sparkles, etc. This little container was an Easter surprise for a family friend, and my oldest son decided it would be fun to ‘paint’ (with more chocolate!) some texture onto the hardened dinosaur and egg candies, but you can see how smooth and pretty the unembellished versions are. Whether you let your imagination go wild, or stick to plain balls, these are a delicious treat to keep in your fridge (short term) or freezer (longer term). Enjoy!

This has been so much fun! I’d love to have you stop by my blog sometime for more recipes and crafts. Huge thanks to Allison for letting me share a bit of my family’s sugary history with you. Have a great day!

Thanks so much for guest posting for me today Tanya!
Those look delicious! :)


  1. These look delicious and totally doable! I'm definitely going to try! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing the formula with pics. After seeing this everyone can have some good home made chocolates and candy's instead of purchasing them.
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  3. Wow! those look amazing. I had no idea how to make these sorts of chocolate. Tanya makes it look doable. Wonderful post and tute.


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