Having a child who can’t have dairy can be tough during the holidays.
I used to be very scared of making anything with chocolate as I thought it would be really hard. For me, I think chocolate treats are probably the easiest to make now.
The first step is to choose an allergy free chocolate. Enjoy Life has dairy, nut and soy free chocolate chips that are made in a gluten free facility. Our family favorite at the moment are Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. Note: these do contain soy and may contain milk.
What you’ll need before you start:
1 Candy mold (can be found at a local craft store like Joann’s)
Allergy free chocolate chips
1 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup
1. Fill saucepan with enough water to cover bottom half of the Pyrex measuring cup.
2. Heat water.
3. Place chocolate chips in Pyrex
4. Rest the Pyrex on the edge of the saucepan for a few mins. Remove as soon as chocolate chips look like they are starting to melt.
5. Stir chocolate until smooth.
6. Return to hot water if needed. Stir until smooth.
7. Carefully pour chocolate into molds.
8. Twist lollipop stick into chocolate.
9. Place lollipops in freezer to set.
10. Remove from freezer and rest on counter.
11. If all goes well you should be able to remove the lollipops from the mold after about 10 minutes.
You may notice that I’m not using a microwave to melt the chocolate. Chocolate burns easily and I’m doing my best to avoid using the microwave. If you choose to use a microwave be careful not to let the chocolate burn.
One of my christmas trees broke tonight as I tried to get it out of the mold. This is the first time I’ve had this happen. I recommend choosing molds with solid shapes versus more intricate designs to start with.