It’s Halloween time, one of my favorite times of the year. In fact, it may just be my favorite time of the year. It’s already getting cool here, and I sip hot apple cider to keep the chill at bay. Also, I’m planning for my healthy Halloween party coming up on October 31st. I will be sharing these healthy Halloween candy recipes for the rest of the month.
These chocolate candies are very similar to Hershey Kisses, but it doesn’t include dairy (unless you want a milk chocolate version, see notes below). Since it is super dark, I call these candies “Midnight Kisses”. Who doesn’t desire kisses at midnight? Well, these satisfy your sweet cravings without leaving you with a heck of a lot of guilt.
If you are wanting to make these milk chocolate kisses, then I would advise adding a little non-fat powdered milk to the chocolate mixture. Since the cholesterol in milk is oxidized when it is powdered (which contributes to heart disease), and since non-fat milk has very low levels of cholesterol, I would rather use the non-fat version of powdered milk than the whole milk that has much more oxidized cholesterol.
One last note on this super easy healthy Halloween candy – I am using this plastic candy mold I found on eBay. I don’t make this recipe often, so I try not to worry about the PCB’s. Plus, if you are eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t feel guilty for having just a little fun this “holiday”. Put on your witches hat and get ready to stir…
Healthy Halloween Candy: “Midnight Kisses”
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
2 tsp. organic palm shortening (can use coconut oil)
1-2 TBSP. honey (use powdered xylitol for sugar free)
Pinch of stevia extract
2-4 TBSP. of powdered milk, if desired
Heat a small amount of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Create a double boiler by placing a heat resistant bowl over the water. Make sure the bowl is dry.
Add the chocolate to the bowl along with the shortening and honey. Stir until completely melted. Add stevia until desired sweetness has been reached. Stir in powdered milk, if using (no more than 4 tablespoons).
Using a teaspoon, fill each chocolate cavity mold. Place mold in freezer for at least 30 minutes, preferably to one hour. Take out and un-mold. Repeat with any remaining chocolate.
*If chocolate clumps and doesn’t melt properly, it may be due to unseen moisture. Add more shortening or coconut oil to the mixture until completely smooth and pourable. May need to add more sweetener.
There are more Halloween treats coming your way, and they’re completely healthy. Although this recipe does use honey, you can certainly swap this out with powdered xylitol or erythritol to make it completely sugar free.
Are there any candy bars that you really want to have this Halloween, but don’t want to suffer the blood sugar and insulin spikes associated with them? Leave a comment below and let me know so I can make them. I already have peanut butter cups, “Twix” bars and caramel apples in the lineup.
Until next time,
This is The Healthy Advocate