This is the first candy recipe I'd ever tried, and it was so easy I've made them again and again. This Christmas I made a huge batch - they make wonderful gifts. The heat of the chilli and cayenne work wonderfully with the dark chocolate and make it a very grown up treat.
I'm relatively new to dark chocolate. I just didn't get it before. Milk chocolate in its many costumes was my thing. Mint Aero and Minstrels were my downfall. But discovering dark chocolate was a revelation. When I came over to the dark (chocolate) side I started to notice how excessively sweet milk chocolate can be, and how mild the actual chocolate taste is in most commercial bars. Don't get me wrong, I can still hoover up a Galaxy in about 4 seconds flat but a good quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content can satisfy my choco-craving with just two squares (rather than a whole whopping bar) and feels more decadent, but not as naughty... —ew
What You'll Need
good quality dark chocolate
large red chilli (halved and seeds scraped out)
cocoa powder for dusting
Slowly bring the cream and red chilli to a boil over a medium low heat.
Remove the chilli from the cream and pour over the chopped chocolate, cayenne pepper and salt. Leave to sit for 1-2 mins, then whisk until smooth. Put the bowl in the fridge for about an hour to firm up.
After an hour, remove from the fridge. With a teaspoon, spoon mounds onto a large baking tray lined with grease-proof paper. You'll get 20-25 depending how large you make the mounds. You can but the tray back in the fridge for about 15-20 mins, to firm the mounds a little.
Roll the mounds into balls between your palms. Put cocoa powder in a bowl and roll the balls in it to cover. Put back on the baking tray and chill until set. Store in a airtight container in the fridge.