Edible Gifts – The Best Kind

I am back! Exams are finally over and I can get back to blogging 🙂

I love the kind of presents which you can eat. They are home-made with love and care. Also sometimes you might not have the money to buy lots of presents. So, this year I decided to make everybody in my family dark chocolate dipped ginger. So delicious and warming, they can be given as gifts for Christmas, new year, new home or any family and friend event.

What you’ll need:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Crystallised ginger
  • Dipping forks
  • Thermometer
  • Tray lined with silicone paper

First you need to temper the chocolate. To do this melt 3/4 of the chocolate over a pan of simmering water making sure the water is not touching the bowl and heat to 45’c. Then remove from the heat and lower the temperature by adding the remaining chocolate which has been chopped up, for dark chocolate lower to 32’c, if using milk and white chocolate lower to 30’c. Continue stirring until all chocolate has melted and the desired temperature is achieved.

Set up your equipment in a line so you can work methodically and in the correct order. Ginger on the left, chocolate in the middle and tray on the right (if you’re left-handed you may find it easier the other way round), this will stop chocolate trails going everywhere. Okay, we are now ready to dip! Drop a piece of ginger in the chocolate, turn it over using the forks so it’s completely covered, and then tap off the excess using the forks and tip onto the silicone paper. Simple, right?

I added gold glitter to finish but you could leave them plain or decorate in any way you fancy really.

Once they have set, package them however you like, you could use gift boxes or clear bags with ribbon. I printed of little labels and tied them around my gift bags.

They taste and look great, and you put your thought and love into making them. They should be greatly appreciated!

Enjoy 🙂

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37 thoughts on “Edible Gifts – The Best Kind

  1. cool idea. Did you make your own crystalized ginger? If you purchased it where did you find it? I have bought big bags of it at Penzey’s Spices but they pieces are very small. Your pieces appear to big the size of a large marble. nice combo of ginger and chocolate. What doesn’t chocolate taste good with?

  2. I agree with you 100%! The best gifts ARE edible. You have a very inspiring blog here and I love the beautiful pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  3. Very nice, and great idea. Everyone is going to get these next Christmas from me. I am going to try a raw version, using agave syrup instead of sugar, so having 11 months to work out the recipe is just about right…
    😉
    Will give you kudos for the inspiration when I post! Best, Jorin

  4. I make chocolate truffles often (mainly at work) and customers and friends always ask for the recipe because, it’s true, it’s one of the best home made gifts ever. The complaint I always get is how messy the whole endeavour is….yes, it’s easier when somebody else is scrubbing the chocolate off of the counters but still the best gift! Love the idea of ginger inside.

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