There are some questions where you basically have to know the answer in order to frame the question. So when I caught myself wondering "hmmm, do you think spiced chocolate would improve my Christmas treats?" I could almost hear the world laughing at me for being so slow. I make no claim that this is a new idea, but it definitely adds a layer of Christmassy depth to chocolate-dipped fruits and marzipan treats.
I made mine by melting 100g dark chocolate (a really nice, organic, single-source bar with 70% cacao) with ¼tsp cinnamon, ¼tsp nutmeg, and ¼tsp brandy. You could equally well use a pre-spiced chocolate and just melt it down for dipping, but I didn't have any in the cupboard, and this worked perfectly well (while probably being a bit cheaper).
I might try it with a little added ginger next time... do any of you do this? And do you have a favourite mix of spices to share?
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