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How to Make Chocolates

Sep 29, 2011

by yvettevanboven handmade and vintage goods

Based in both Paris and Amsterdam, Yvette van Boven works as an illustrator, food stylist and recipe writer. Her first cookbook, Home Made, brings together over 200 from-scratch recipes in one beautifully illustrated collection. Together with her cousin Joris Vermeer, she has a restaurant and catering service in Amsterdam called Aan de Amstel. She is very fond of eating oysters, but today she’ll teach us how to make chocolates. Here’s Yvette.

I grew up in Ireland. I am no stranger to writing cookbooks. I wrote my first one when I was four years old. From then on I continued to indulge my almost morbid passion for collecting recipes and cookbooks, preferably illustrated.

My mother and the women on our street made a lot of things with their own hands, out of necessity or by tradition, and my sister and I did the same. We made soda bread, biscuits, shortbread and stew for our toy restaurant. We made ice creams, yoghurt, butterfly cakes, and ginger ale for our dolls or friends.

My mother made everything herself because there simply wasn’t a lot to buy in the stores at that time. She showed me that by making things yourself, you can adjust the flavor to your own taste. Even now, in our restaurant or at home, we make everything from scratch ourselves. I wouldn’t know how to do otherwise.

As far as desserts are concerned, I would say I have a weak spot for bread and butter pudding. I have a recipe for Panettone and custard pudding in the book that uses Italian Panettone bread instead of a regular loaf. This makes the dessert lighter, so you can eat more of it. It also contains prunes soaked in Amaretto…need I say more?

My recipes represent a starting point to help you on your way, but I hope you will make up your own versions and create fresh memories. Be sure to invite me.

Making Chocolates, the Home Made way

When making chocolates, you need some skill. Melting chocolate is just not that easy and you have to acquire some experience. Stirring too much is bad, since the chocolate will become grainy. Heating it too much is also bad, since it will also become dry and grainy. Under all circumstances, the following applies: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. And be prepared for some failures. For your first chocolates, stock up on some extra chocolate. Then you can make another batch, no worries! The best temperature for chocolate is 104° F, hence a little warmer than body temperature. Just check with your finger.


For the ganache:

1/2 cup cream
7 oz chocolate (70% cocoa)
2 tablespoons butter
Cinnamon or liqueur for flavoring
Plastic wrap
Wax paper

For the outside chocolate layer:

7 oz chocolate
4 oz melted white or milk chocolate for decoration
Parchment paper to dry the chocolates
Wax paper for the icing

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For the filling (ganache) you need twice as much chocolate as cream: 1/2 cup cream and 7 oz chocolate (70% cocoa).

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Heat the cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. You can add flavoring such as cinnamon, liqueur, or nothing!

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Melt 2 tbsp butter in the hot cream.

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Finely chop the chocolate and add it to the cream. Turn off the heat and leave to melt.

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Stir the mixture carefully into a glossy smooth mass.

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Pour the ganache into a tray lined with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

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Transfer to wax paper.

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Cut into equal squares.

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Melt 7 oz chocolate over a double boiler.

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Using a carving fork, quickly dip the ganache in the chocolate...

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And leave the chocolates to dry on parchment paper.

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Create an icing bag with waxed paper.

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Fill it with 4 oz melted white or milk chocolate.

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Decorate and leave to dry, then serve with coffee.


Did you enjoy this recipe? For more sumptuous sweets (and savory meals!), pick up a copy of Yvette Van Boven’s Home Made. Abrams Publishing is offering a 30% discount to Etsy readers who buy directly from their site. Simply enter “etsyhomemade” at  checkout. This coupon code expires on October 11, 2011.


 Have you ever made chocolates? What’s your favorite type of sweet?


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  • PassThePretty

    PassThePretty said 8 years ago

    looks absolutely delicious!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 8 years ago

    Makes me hungry :)

  • shopmeowzy

    shopmeowzy said 8 years ago

    Yum! I want to try this.

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 8 years ago

    During Christmas season, my boyfriend and I like to make our own peppermint bark and peanut butter truffles as simple gifts for the family. This recipe is a bit more ambitious but looks really yummy! I'll have to give it a try.

  • ballandchain

    ballandchain said 8 years ago


  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    GardenDaisiesStudio said 8 years ago

    Now I want to make chocolates! Those pictures look so yummy :) Thank you for sharing this.

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Sounds delicious, can't wait to try the recipe. My kitchen skills are pretty rusty however it looks so good I must make an attempt. Thanks

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 8 years ago

    Wow...if I could cook or bake or had any talent in the kitchen, I would try this. It looks fantastic.

  • good4you

    good4you said 8 years ago

    yes!! thanks so much for this 'how to' . <333

  • MountainMommaGems

    MountainMommaGems said 8 years ago

    So awesome! I am making this for my sweetheart this weekend :) Thank you.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 8 years ago

    Very yummy :O)

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 8 years ago

    Wiping the drool off my lip.......yum, yum, yummy!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Wow! I'm gonna try this!

  • UUPP

    UUPP said 8 years ago

    Ooooohhhh! I know what I will be doing this weekend !

  • MonluwiDesigns

    MonluwiDesigns said 8 years ago

    You are so making me hungry!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wow yummy. Growing up in Paris, we only had Nutella (no peanut butter), so my mom used to make us home-made nutella. Still remember the taste with bits of hazelnuts she couldn't grind all the way. So good! Love chocolate!

  • keibers

    keibers said 8 years ago

    This is the best thing I've ever read! Made me hungry and craving chocolate at the same time :( No fair, Etsy!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 8 years ago


  • SellmySeoul

    SellmySeoul said 8 years ago

    I need chocolate.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 8 years ago

    I want to make chocolate now!!!

  • happy2zin

    happy2zin said 8 years ago

    Geez I hate dieting....chocolate is my weakness!

  • CactusCreek

    CactusCreek said 8 years ago

    I luv this recipe, I can't wait to give it a whirl! I have a question, how would I make a peanut butter ganache? Keep making tasty treats, I'll keep trying!

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 8 years ago

    thanks for the recipe. i'm definitely trying this!

  • samdesigns2009

    samdesigns2009 said 8 years ago

    OMG those chocolates look wonderful and so easy to make too.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    very nice. :)

  • zatanah

    zatanah said 8 years ago

    Mmm! Yummy!

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 8 years ago

    great post - I love the visual step-by-step photos. nom.

  • Arttio

    Arttio said 8 years ago

    Holly wow. I'm hungry now. Looks super tasty!

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 8 years ago

    This is too much! Definitely worth the work and effort put in it!

  • aswiggett

    aswiggett said 8 years ago

    If you temper the chocolate that you dip the ganache in you'll get a nice hard chocolate shell that won't melt.

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 8 years ago

    looks so good!

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 8 years ago

    I made a chocolate flourless cake last night and the smell of chocolate melting over the double boiler was heavenly. Heavenly I say!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    I've made chocolates before but I love the way youve decorated yours, so pretty with the White chocolate!

  • pwiddylady

    pwiddylady said 8 years ago

    thats cool. i've always wanted to know how to do that. my favoret part is decorating

  • pwiddylady

    pwiddylady said 8 years ago

    thats awsome. i love making things like that for friends for christmas.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Oh wow.. I always want chocolate, my tummy thanks you!

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest said 8 years ago


  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 8 years ago

    Yum! There's nothing better!!!

  • siennaorlando

    siennaorlando said 8 years ago

    Nom, nom, nom . . . I LOVE making truffles!

  • SimpleSmiles

    SimpleSmiles said 8 years ago

    mmmMMMMmmm Looks yummie!!! This is a definite weekend project for me and hopefully I'll perfect the technique for a Thanksgiving surprise:)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Looks scrumptous, thank you so much for sharing!

  • SilviaMaciasDesigns

    SilviaMaciasDesigns said 8 years ago

    Yum! Can't wait to give it a try. :)

  • EdenPottery

    EdenPottery said 8 years ago

    my only satisfaction today has been M&Ms, now I've got a new craving!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    That looks incredible! Yummy!!!!

  • bookmarksNbangles

    bookmarksNbangles said 8 years ago

    I love chocolate, so I've got to try this! Looks delicious!

  • GraceAbounds

    GraceAbounds said 8 years ago

    Are you using heavy cream? The recipe does not specify. Would love to try it, but I'd like to get it right.

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 8 years ago


  • NobleTextiles

    NobleTextiles said 8 years ago

    Oh my! This could be dangerous!

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 8 years ago


  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    ooohhhh, fun, fun, fun, I love making my own candy!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 8 years ago

    Mmmm.....this looks amazing!!!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    Ahhh! Yum! thanks for sharing-cant wait to try it out. When I was little I used to get up early and present my Mom with a "restaurant menu" a menu that I made myself at the crack of dawn with crayons/ribbons and the like with ever changing food items ....poor woman so graciously ate my raw pancakes....(!) Chocolate rules!!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 8 years ago

    Oooooo tapping toes under the table here ~ the sugar high has begun!!!

  • LittlePhoenixRising

    LittlePhoenixRising said 8 years ago

    Oh this is like forbidden PORN to a diabetic LOL!!!! I LOVE it & you have convinced me to buy your books. ;)

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 8 years ago

    This looks marvelous! I was snacking on m&ms the other day (something I only have a chance to do once in a blue moon), and I suddenly thought "! Surely some gourmet candy-maker on Etsy makes a far, far better kind of m&m!" So as soon as I had a chance at internet (and remembered!), I searched... and found nothing! Likewise, my search for a technique for making them (I just googled it) came up blank. I suppose I shall be forced by curiosity to invention. My favorite kind of candy to make would be cream cheese mints, a lovely treat that we always make for graduations, weddings, and any other shindigs that call for a touch of sweet elegance.

  • batteryeasy

    batteryeasy said 8 years ago

    Great! Previously only know eat, learned to can make all sorts of lovely modelling.

  • EndQuotes

    EndQuotes said 8 years ago

    What a great post- looks amazing!!

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 8 years ago


  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 8 years ago

    that is making my mouth sweet and gooey deliciousness. yum.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 8 years ago

    oh my god oh my god, I am going to buy that book RIGHT NOW! thank you for the generous discount too! yum yum yum! Heidi

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 8 years ago

    this. is. gorgeous. thank you!

  • Artesserae

    Artesserae said 8 years ago

    Mmm, looks delicious! For the Holidays, per Danish tradition, we make confections, filling i. e. dates with marzipan or almond paste and dipping it into melted chocolate -- sometimes decorating with hazelnuts, candied violets etc. It is a Christmas tradition in my home to do this on Christmas eve, while making the chocolate-decorated marzipan pig -- another Christmas tradition of ours :) While the confections get served during the opening of gifts, with coffee, the marzipan pig is the prize for winning the dessert game: Finding a whole almond in the riz à l'amande. We Danes take our sweets traditions very seriously :)

  • greenphilosophie

    greenphilosophie said 8 years ago

    ♥ chocolate...yum!...:)

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    Looks very delicious! Now I'm craving for some chocolate...

  • TerraCasa

    TerraCasa said 8 years ago

    These look so yummy! Can't wait to try the recipe out.

  • baruchslullaby

    baruchslullaby said 8 years ago

    Divine! I haven't had sugar in two months, but this might make me fall off the wagon. Bookmarking it for Christmas, for sure!

  • MaamSouffle

    MaamSouffle said 8 years ago

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 8 years ago

    Lovely recipe! Looks so yummy :)

  • FlowerLand85

    FlowerLand85 said 8 years ago

    Wooww!! Beautiful post! I'll try to make chocolate Thank you so much!

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 said 8 years ago

    oh my goodness!!! o.O CHOCOLATE! and then etsy goes and adds a selection of more chocolate. I love Etsy <3

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 8 years ago

    Looks delicious !!! I can't wait to try !!

  • JellieBabies09

    JellieBabies09 said 8 years ago

    Perfect for my cookie swap at Christmas!!

  • TopazTurtle

    TopazTurtle said 8 years ago

    Yum... i think i've just put on 10 pounds reading this article! This looks so delicious and tempting. I'll just have to make some for the weekend.

  • Jackphelpsstudio

    Jackphelpsstudio said 8 years ago

    looks great ! thank you so much !

  • volcanogirlcreations

    volcanogirlcreations said 8 years ago

    What can I say? It's Chocolate! LOL! <3

  • amlinwood89

    amlinwood89 said 8 years ago

    This looks great! I'll definitely have to try making these for Christmas! :)

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 8 years ago

    Ahh! Chocolate! My personal passion! Only if I were not setting the kitchen on fire every time I attempt to cook, I would be there trying my hand at this recipe... :P ..but no matter, just keep them coming! It's chocolate after all we are talking about!

  • JennysFunCreations

    JennysFunCreations said 8 years ago

    That looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • NewModernArt

    NewModernArt said 8 years ago

    This looks great! I want to make chocolate now!!!

  • LittleAndTheGirl

    LittleAndTheGirl said 8 years ago

    Oooooh!! I can't wait to make these!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 8 years ago

    Delicious Article!!!!

  • gailgirondesign

    gailgirondesign said 8 years ago

    Wow...and never thought of using wax paper for an icing bag. I always used a ziploc bag...which was messy.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Looks so good but too early for eating chocolate. LIke whiskey before breakfast as the old folk tune goes.

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery said 8 years ago

    One word - DELECTABLE!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • MissSAHutton

    MissSAHutton said 8 years ago

    Y-U-M-M-Y!!!!! yummy.

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop said 8 years ago

    ooo la la! bookmarked immediately & can't wait to try my hand at this!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 8 years ago

    Yum! I'm saving this for my recipe collection. Thanks for the great tips.

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago


  • PurpleZebra36

    PurpleZebra36 said 8 years ago

    your not really "making" the chocolate though...correct? Your just melting it down?

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 8 years ago

    oh my word. are you kidding me? will you be my bff?

  • PotteryKreations

    PotteryKreations said 8 years ago


  • PotteryKreations

    PotteryKreations said 8 years ago


  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 8 years ago

    chocolate is the next best thing when you had a long rough day at work. Today has been a day, next week will be better.

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 8 years ago

    Chocolate is my favorite and when you add some cream and serve it to somone who loves chcolate as much as you do brings a smile to my face.

  • tiltomorrow

    tiltomorrow said 8 years ago

    Going to email my friend about this blog.

  • Officeboy01

    Officeboy01 said 8 years ago

    Chocolate is yum. I like lemon tart as well. Never tried the two together

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope

    KatiesBeadsOfHope said 8 years ago

    Wow....this looks so good!! :D

  • ArgentTonic

    ArgentTonic said 8 years ago

    miaaaamm! Bon appetit!

  • acanthusjd

    acanthusjd said 8 years ago

    Why, oh why did I look at this...major mistake, have come over all faint. Need chocolate NOW! But just any old chocolate won't do. Begins to weep.

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 8 years ago

    Looks yammy!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 8 years ago

    Looks so good! I might try it!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    I am allergic to chocolate but I lived through each step of this recipe. It must be nice.

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 8 years ago

    Wow!! Very tempting! Thanks for sharing.

  • PetiteLemon

    PetiteLemon said 8 years ago

    This will be fun to do with the holidays quickly approaching. Thanks for sharing!

  • plumcreek22

    plumcreek22 said 8 years ago

    Sounds and looks delicious.....I love chocolate and cinnamon!!

  • isitsecretisitsafe

    isitsecretisitsafe said 8 years ago

    Oh geez, this is going to be my downfall! They look so delicious! I have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 8 years ago

    LOVE chocolate, I think the best gifts are made of chocolate, thanks for sharing!

  • violintide

    violintide said 8 years ago

    Yum! Wish I had the patience to try this out!

  • Curlygirliedesigns

    Curlygirliedesigns said 8 years ago

    Oh wow!! This couldn't look more delicious!! I can't wait to try it out, thank you for sharing.

  • nonesuchgarden

    nonesuchgarden said 8 years ago

    YUMMMMM! Thank you for sharing this!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Yum yum! Thanks for sharing this with us! Would love to give it a try!


    SPUNKbyCM said 8 years ago

    this is awesome! thanks for sharing

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 8 years ago

    U make me hungry and it looks so easy but I make chocolate and it can be diffcult, peace and love, karen DevineCollectible

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 8 years ago

    omgosh. i want to do this so bad! Move on over soap! Chocolate is a girl's best friend!

  • piggledee

    piggledee said 8 years ago

    Beautiful step photos! And it looks so easy! Though, as a former pastry chef, I have to say it's not easy.... Ganache is super easy and delicious just eaten by the spoonful. Coating ganache with melted chocolate is the difficult part -- you need to "temper" the chocolate and it takes days and weeks of practice. You need high-quality chocolate, too. So if you are going to make this, especially with expensive chocolate, I'd recommend reading a good book on tempering chocolate first. But even if you fail... it'll still taste delicious!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Wow. This is amazing! Thank you.

  • DeerValleySoaps

    DeerValleySoaps said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the recipe! Going to have to try this for the holidays coming up. Family is always worth it!

  • TheCreativeTree

    TheCreativeTree said 8 years ago

    Oh, yum!! I hope I can try this out some time. It looks so good!! Thanks for sharing.

  • moonface5

    moonface5 said 8 years ago

    Chocolate is great anyway it is made!

  • MorfineDoll

    MorfineDoll said 8 years ago

    This looks fantastic! I'm on a spree to try out new recepies and this one looks easy, yummy and pretty.

  • edguardodeevinchsski

    edguardodeevinchsski said 8 years ago

    Looks delicious I might have to try it!

  • Joliejye

    Joliejye said 8 years ago

    Hmm i will definitly try this receipe ! Sounds very easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing this great idea for all chocolate lovers !

  • amicafe

    amicafe said 8 years ago

    OMG~!!! I love chocolate!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Design89

    Maddy Poe from Design89 said 8 years ago

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. My whole problem with making chocolate is then eating the chocolate - ALL the chocolate. (but I will try it!) Thank you. :)

  • gottohavechocolate

    gottohavechocolate from FriendsnChocolate said 8 years ago

    I think this is my favorite Etsy blog post yet! :-)

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 8 years ago

    Chocolate is divine!

  • TaylorArts

    Christine and Marc from TaylorArts said 8 years ago

    AMAZING! Love everything about this--the aesthetic, the tone, the delicious results. Can't wait to try it myself and check out the cookbook. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • ekohaus

    FeltWoolSlippers S from FeltWoolSlippers said 8 years ago

    Yum! I read this twice! This is not so hard to try to make :)

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart said 8 years ago

    Okay, I had to "PIN" this one, because I am definitely going back here to make some!

  • AllieC318

    Allie Hawbaker from JoyfulinJesus said 8 years ago

    This sounds super yummy.

  • inkmeup

    Melanie Ann Green from inkmeup said 8 years ago

    this looks amazing... I'll be trying out the recipe soon *:D

  • rietakeda

    Rie Takeda from NeoJaponismAtelier said 8 years ago

    nnnnnnn! wanna try this recipe tomorrow!!

  • itsmecheryl

    Cheryl sandberg said 7 years ago

    Here are some more recipes just like those!!

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