Old-Fashioned Ice Tray Chocolates

Old-Fashioned Ice Tray Chocolates

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Amp up your chocolate game with this impressive but easy ice tray hack! Sweet and creamy orange cream cheese filling is paired with a decadent whiskey-soaked cherry center, making this the perfect gift for any occasion. This content is intended solely for users of legal drinking age. Drink responsibly.

Cook Time
1 hr 35 min
Total Time
4 hr
Yield
16 chocolates

How to Make It

1. Step
Add the cherries and whiskey to a small container. Cover and let soak for at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.
2. Step
Add the butter and cream cheese to a medium bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1–2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat on medium-low speed to incorporate. Add the orange zest and fold with a rubber spatula until incorporated. The mixture should be stiff. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. Step
Set a medium bowl over a small pot of simmering water. Add the dark chocolate and coconut oil to the bowl and warm for 4–5 minutes, until about two thirds of the chocolate is melted. Stir to melt the chocolate completely, then remove the bowl from the heat. Let cool for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
4. Step
Pour about half of the melted chocolate into a clean 14-cavity ice cube tray, tilting the tray to create a thin, even layer around the walls of each mold. Pour any excess chocolate back into the bowl and wipe away any excess chocolate from the sides of the tray. Freeze for 15–30 minutes, until the chocolate is set.
5. Step
Remove the cherries from the whiskey and drain on paper towels to remove excess moisture.
6. Step
Fill each chocolate-lined ice cube mold with 1½ teaspoons of the orange-cream cheese filling. Use your finger to create a divot in the filling, then spoon ½ teaspoon of orange marmalade into the divot. Place a cherry in each divot, pressing down so the tops are below the rim of the tray.
7. Step
Melt the chocolate again over simmering water if necessary, then pour over the ice cube tray, tilting to evenly distribute. Tap the tray on a flat surface to release any air bubbles and smooth the top. Freeze for 30–60 minutes, until set.
8. Step
Remove the ice cube tray from the freezer and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes to loosen the chocolates. Then, invert the tray to release the chocolates. Cut into individual chocolates and trim any messy edges with a paring knife. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
9. Step
Enjoy!

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