Being the chocolate fanatic that I am, I don’t think there is anything better than homemade chocolate! These candies were inspired by some candies I had at Mike’s mother’s house from a bakery last weekend. They were small chocolate disks completely smothered in nonpareil sprinkles. So. Addicting. I knew I had to make my own version at home! These little bite size candies are so creamy and rich. They are amazing cold and taste even better (in my opinion) than store bought chocolate! I absolutely love, love, love anything and everything dark chocolate. If you don’t want to do the whole process of spooning the chocolate into circles, you can just use candy molds and make these into candy bars of any shape you’d like. This chocolate recipe is so versatile and such a simple, basic recipe that you can change it up however you’d like! You can even add different flavor extracts to it like mint, raspberry or orange.
If you don’t like dark chocolate and want more of a semi-sweet chocolate flavor, you can add 1/4 cup more honey and that will do the trick, although you may have to adjust the amount of maple syrup too because you don’t want it to be overly sweet. The honey, maple syrup and vanilla are all customizable so you can adjust everything to the way you like it! This is just the way I prefer and think is best.
I like my chocolate more on the sweet side and the maple syrup adds sooo much flavor! Don’t worry, it won’t taste maple-ey in the slightest, it just gives the chocolate the flavor and sweetness it needs so it’s not too bitter-tasting. Also, no need to use fancy pure maple syrup here. I know most recipes usually call for it to create great flavor, but I used regular old Aunt Jemima maple syrup and mine came out just as delicious so use whatever you’d like!
Alternately, if you don’t want to make your own chocolate but want to make these addictive candies, you can use a bag of dark chocolate chips, and do the same process of spooning circles and adding sprinkles, but that’s not a challenge at all! And making the chocolate takes about .2 seconds more so why not go all in to have the satisfaction of making homemade chocolate!
These candies are so easy to make! All you do is melt everything on the stove in a small saucepan and mix until smooth. Let the chocolate mixture sit in pot for about 20-30 minutes until it thickens up – this will help them not spread so much once spooned out onto baking sheet! Once thickened, spoon small circles of chocolate on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat in batches until you have used all of the chocolate. Let each batch rest and firm up a little bit on the counter for about 15-20 minutes before adding sprinkles because they will just sink in. Don’t wait too long though or else the sprinkles won’t stick! Once ready, add sprinkles and pop the pan in the fridge for a few hours until chocolate is completely hardened. I also left some plain without sprinkles and they are delicious that way too! The chocolate doesn’t get super hard like a normal candy bar, it will stay semi-soft so it’s best to keep these in the fridge or even the freezer.
Look at that adorable sprinkle face.