Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates


½ lb. high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/8 tsp. ground dried chipotle pepper
1 pinch salt
½ cup heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsps. unsweetened cocoa powder, or as needed

1.   Place chocolate into a bowl.
2.   Add chipotle pepper and salt.
3.   Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it comes to a boil.
4.   Pour cream over chocolate, and let stand for 3 minutes.
5.   Stir gently until chocolate mixture is completely smooth.
6.    Pour chocolate mixture out onto a sheet of plastic wrap on a work surface.
7.    Pick up one edge of the plastic, and roll the chocolate into a rough log shape.
8.    Continue to roll, wrapping chocolate in the plastic.
9.    Refrigerate until chilled and firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
10.  Place cocoa into a small bowl.
11.  Unwrap chocolate, and cut in half crosswise.
12.  Cut each half into halves lengthwise.
13.  Roughly cut candy into ½-1″ square ‘stones.’
14.  Place the chocolate pieces into the cocoa, and toss gently to coat.


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