Harry Potter Fans? Chocolate Lovers? Here's My Quick & Easy Method To Make Chocolate Frogs!
Chocolate frogs became a popular candy after the movie "Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone" came out. In the movie after Harry Potter has met the Wesley's and boarded the train to go to Hogwarts to start his first year of Wizarding school, a woman comes around with a treat cart. One of the items that Harry buys off of it is a chocolate frog. When he first opens the box the chocolate frog comes to life and jumps out the window! To which Ron replies, "Bummer, they only have one good jump in them anyway! But it's the cards you really want." lol. It's been awhile since I have watched the movie so if that quote is not exact forgive me because I'm relying on my memory (it should be pretty close at least -- after all I've seen the movie too many times to count, lol).
You can order a 4 pack of these from Universal for $49.95 or you can get one from Amazon for $6.93 with free shipping each chocolate frog also comes with a collectible wizard card of course these chocolate frogs do not jump so you can eat them safely without having to worry, lol! Now if you are like me, that is a pretty steep price tag for some candy!
So instead I purchased a frog candy mold from Amazon for $5.28 with free shipping (they have actually gone down a little as I noticed earlier they are now $5.12 with free shipping) and I make my own. The kids don't seem to mind that they don't come with cards and are always thrilled when mommy makes them.
Now for my simple and easy method:
To start off with, I don't buy the candy melts. I was raised and taught to cook by my grandmother and she used almond bark which is available at every grocery store I've ever seen (typically for less than $2 per package -- a LOT cheaper than the fancy candy melts). She would grate the almond bark and add it to the double broiler and melt it on top of the stove. I however, prefer an easier approach. I just drop the almond bark pieces into a medium sized microwave safe serving bowl, lol.
For today's batch of frogs I decided I wanted to make peanut butter filled ones. Again, when I do something like this I do it much different than many other people I know. Instead of putting the peanut butter on the stove and adding powdered sugar and butter, I just melt the peanut butter all by itself in a cereal bowl in the microwave. I figure there is enough sugar in the chocolate and in the peanut butter already, lol.
So my first step was to put the almond bark in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. I then just stirred it with a butter knife until smooth, while I was doing that I had my daughter put the peanut butter in the microwave for 25 seconds.
Once your chocolate is smooth you can then add any desired flavorings, flaked coconut, chopped nuts, fruit pieces, etc. Since we were making the peanut butter filled ones today we left it plain.
Then we began filling the molds:
First I filled the molds about halfway with chocolate, my daughter was going behind me and topping that with peanut butter. Once we had that completed, I went back through and filled the mold the rest of the way with chocolate.
After the molds are completely full, you gently tap it on the table or counter top and then place in the fridge for about 2-3 minutes to set.
One of the benefits (besides the cost) of using bakers chocolate (what my grandmother always called almond bark) is there is no need to temper your chocolate after melting. If you use chocolate chips or chocolate melts, you have to temper your chocolate (allow it to cool to room temperature) or it has a tendency to get a light brown coloring once its set. It will still taste the same it just doesn't look as good.
Since we had melted a little more chocolate and peanut butter than we actually needed for the chocolate frogs, we also dipped some pretzels and made "chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzel bites" with the rest.
After your frogs have set up, just tap the bottom of your mold gently on the table or counter top again and then invert it over waxed paper and they will fall right out.
You can use this same recipe for any type of candy mold so if you are not keen on eating frogs, you can make flowers, hearts, or whatever your heart desires (they have some really cool candy molds out there).
Then just store them in an airtight container or ziploc bag.
So there you have it -- a quick, easy and very inexpensive candy recipe!
The whole process took me 20 minutes from start to finish and that was even with stopping to take the pictures!
And for all the treats (the frogs & all the pretzels) I spent less than what I would have for one king size candy bar! Plus I know exactly what is in them.
Image Credit » Image taken by me