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Classic Chocolate Cups

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 35 min (includes cooling and setting times)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 24 servings
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Ingredients

1 pound good milk chocolate, chopped

1 cup good-quality semisweet chocolate chips 

6 chocolate-covered espresso beans

Colorful sprinkles, for topping

Chopped toffee bars, for topping 

6 Sugared Orange Peels, recipe follows

Sugared Orange Peels:

3 oranges

2 cups sugar

Directions

Special equipment:
24 paper candy cups
  1. Add the milk chocolate and chocolate chips to a double boiler and heat, stirring, until melted and glossy, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour the melted chocolate into a pitcher, then pour into 24 paper candy cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Leave to set slightly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Top 6 of the cups with a single chocolate-covered espresso bean pressed into the center. Top 6 with sprinkles and 6 with chopped toffee bars. Top the remaining 6 with a piece of Sugared Orange Peel. Leave to set fully, about 3 hours.

Sugared Orange Peels:

  1. Remove the orange peels carefully, avoiding the pith, then cut the peels into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
  2. Add the peels and 1 cup cold water to a pan, bring to a boil and cook for 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a pan. Heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is boiling. Add the peels, reduce to a simmer and cook, swirling the pan from time to time, for 20 minutes. Drain and set the peels aside to cool on a rack for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1 cup sugar to a baking sheet. Add the peels and roll in the sugar to coat. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to set, about 30 minutes.
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