My friend, Courtney asked if I wanted to learn how to make homemade chocolate. I answered 'yes' (of course)! She wasn't sure when they were going to do it, as her sister was visiting from New York, but I was certain that whenever it was, I would be there!
Basic 5 pound SUGAR FONDANT
5 lbs (10 cups) sugar
2 cups half and half
1 1/8 cup milk
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup butter (half goes in fondant while cooking; half goes on top)
Couple sprinkles of salt
Flavoring oils and food coloring
Over a medium high heat on stove, stir all ingredients until dissolved. Stir frequently and cook until reaches soft-ball stage. Pour into glass 9*13 pans or onto a marble slab. Put remaining half of butter, sliced, on top of fondant. Cool until you can poke it and it is cold and fairly stiff. Beat the fondant. Add flavorings and colorings as you begin to beat. It will go through a couple of stages including a taffy-like sticky stage where it is glossy and shiny, then a dull smooth stage. When it is dull and looses it's stickiness, it is ready to be formed into balls and dipped in chocolate. you can form the fondant into large balls (butter your hands) and wrap them in plastic ad refrigerate them for up to three days before forming them into small balls.
Orange (use the zest of one good sized orange and mix it right into the fondant)
Pineapple coconut (use small dried pineapple bits)
Cherry rolled in peanuts
Dip fondant mixture in melted chocolate and let set.
This recipe is from Chellae Brooks, and it is truly amazing!