Chocolate X’s and O’s

printed from melskitchencafe.com

INGREDIENTS:

Candy melts or almond bark for melting (can use chocolate flavor or a variety of colors)

Valentine sprinkles, if desired

Squeeze bottle or ziploc bag for piping

DIRECTIONS:

Place a sheet of parchment or wax paper on a large baking sheet. Set aside.

Melt the desired amount of candy melts or almond bark according to package directions. About 2-3 cups of candy melts produced around 10 sets of X’s and O’s. Of course this will depend on how large you pipe the X’s and O’s. When melted, pour the chocolate into a squeeze bottle or into the corner of a ziploc bag. If using a ziploc bag, it’s super snazzy and easy to place the ziploc bag inside of a cup, folding the edges of the bag over the cup and pouring the melted chocolate inside the bag while it is held in the cup (see pictures below). Snip the corner of the bag, if using. Pipe the X’s and O’s onto the parchment paper (see pictures below). If you don’t feel comfortable free-handing the letters, trace the shapes onto the parchment paper and then flip the parchment paper over so you are piping on the side that isn’t drawn on. I found it easiest to pipe the outline of the O and fill it in and pipe the lines of the X and trace around them to make them thicker. Shake sprinkles on top of the X’s and O’s while they are still wet. Let the X’s and O’s set up and harden for about an hour (you can place them in the refrigerator to speed up this process). Finished X’s and O’s can be stored in the refrigerator in a covered container layered between sheets of waxed paper for up to a week.