Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's A Chocolate Festival - Dipping Chocolates

Here at Purple Chocolat Home 
we have been busy little elves
dipping, dipping, dipping
(and quite a bit of tasting, tasting, tasting too!!)

This year Mrs. Claus insisted that if 
you were going to walk away with a box
of chocolates, you had to help by making
some centers, so we ended up with
quite a few centers.

My sister in law from Seattle
even flew in for the fun.

After several days of creating centers
we began to dip and in an 8 hour
period we dipped over 1200+ chocolates!

Today I am going to share with you 
the recipe for this new creation of mine
Lemon Dreams.

Light, luscious and creamy, these
have the perfect amount of lemon.
I topped them with white edible glitter
(rainbow disco dust)
and an edible pearl.

These are super, super
easy to make.  No one would
guess they could be this easy.

Lemon Dream Centers

1 C. butter softened
1 jar lemon curd (I used Trader Joe's but I
also like Richardsons)
4 C. Powdered sugar

Dipping Chocolate
Edible pearls (optional)
Disco Dust (optional)

In mixing bowl, place all of the above
ingredients and mix with the whip until
fluffy and well blended.  

Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate
overnight or for several days.  This makes
the center a little stiffer so you can work with

Dust hands with a light coating of flour and
spoon about a teaspoonful of the centers into
your palm.  Roll into a ball.  Place on a baking
sheet that has been dusted with a light coating 
of flour so the centers won't stick.  

Cover with plastic wrap and place the pan
in the refrigerator overnight.

Melt your chocolate and then temper it
by stirring gently but constantly until it
reaches about 90 degrees.  Use an instant
read thermometer to test that.  The chocolate
should harden within 1 minute after being 
dipped or you will end up with steaks.

Remove the centers from the fridge and dip
in the cooled chocolate.  Top with a pearl
while still wet and dust with the disco dust.

(You can also use molding chocolate -
it is easier to use and a lot of it is 
really good now.)

I will share more with you later,
but right now I have to run off to prepare for 
another Christmas party!


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. What a wonderful assortment..
    So pretty and so festive..
    Happy Holidays to you at PCH:)

  2. I would have offered to be a taste tester for this big chocolate operation. Wow! They all look and sound so good.

  3. I feel a blog event in the making for next year. if it happens, I'll be there! Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  4. Looks like you've been busy and it sounds mighty tasty:@)

  5. What a tasty way to spend your time!

  6. Jacqueline,
    Wow! 1200 chocolates dipped! You gals are awesome! My kids go to Grandma's to dip chocolates and I am pretty much NOT invited! They want to do it with Grandma, and our youngest is 17!! I get some of the chocolate and papers and I bought a few boxes this year to donate to the cause, but they have a great time doing it without my perfectionism getting in their way! LOL The college kids want everyone to wait until they get home to make chocolates! I think they probably make 350 to 400, about 100 per family. But each grandchild brings home a plate of chocolates.
    They help with everything, fondant, chocolate tempering, dipping and deciding how they will mark each kind so it is recognizable. But if they don't let me come sometime, I will never know how to do it!!!
    Do you think your recipe would work with homemade Lemon Curd? I make my own a lot.
    Next year, I will come and be the dish doer....you always need a dish doer for these kinds of events!

  7. What a project! I cannot imagine facing 1200 chocolates waiting to be dipped.... They are certainly lovely and who wouldn't want such a "made with love" treat and/or gift!

  8. INCREDIBLE! so fun, so festive, so many! your house is like my fairy tale dreams :-)

  9. Oh my GOODNESS, who needs See's candy with you around! Amazing!

  10. Not only do these look amazing, but they always taste like a little bite of heaven! Love when I get the chance to sneak one from my Mom!

  11. Absolutely amazing and so beautiful! I feel sure the lemon is delish!



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