Fight Dementors in Style

Now that the pressure of Christmas gifts is over, we can relax and focus on my favorite type of presents: New Year’s surprises. There are no obligations on New Year’s Eve. It’s a hassle-free, fun, and light holiday. With all of my work finished and filed already, giving me some time off, I thought I’d spend a couple of days making a little something to put a smile on my family’s faces. I needed something everyone loves, something fun. How about something so powerfully good that it even helps you recover from a Dementor attack?

Chocolate? Chocolate.

As we all know, there are four types of people: Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs, and Slytherins. That is why I organized my chocolate recipe ideas according to which Hogwarts House would enjoy them the most. The best thing about these gifts is that they require little effort. All you need to do is melt chocolate, pour it in a mold, and top it off with delicious ingredients.

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Gryffindor

For our daring Gryffindors, I needed a more extraordinary taste. I wanted chocolates that are not mass produced or found in any department store. The ingredients had to be ones not everyone would dare try together.

Chili Madness

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Ingredients: 70% dark chocolate, Mexican chile powder, dried papaya, pepitas (pumpkin seed)

Sugar & Spice

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Ingredients: white chocolate, candied orange, cardamom, hazelnuts, cinnamon, sesame seed

 

Ravenclaw

I believe Ravenclaws would enjoy more classic tastes. They know what they like and stick to it. For the Ravenclaws in my life, I wanted to achieve rich, yet not too sweet, flavors with straight-forward ingredients.

Toffee Love

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Ingredients: milk chocolate, toffee, pecans, walnuts

Nuts for Nuts

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Ingredients: 70% dark chocolate, honey-roasted peanuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts

 

Hufflepuff

For Hufflepuffs, I wanted something sweet and comforting, a chocolate to indulge in by the fireplace. These flavors remind me of a warm day in the botanic garden or a relaxing afternoon walk.

Picnic in the Park

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Ingredients: white chocolate, dried strawberries, crystallized rose petal pieces, almonds

Nature’s Delight

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Ingredients: white chocolate, pistachios, crystallized violet petal pieces, crystallized mint leaf pieces

 

Slytherin

For Slytherins, I was looking for classy yet fresh tastes. These chocolates are unique and special without being too unfamiliar. They certainly have a bit of an edge.

Tough Love

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Ingredients: 70% dark chocolate, sour cherries, pistachios, crystallized violet petal pieces, crystallized rose petal pieces

Tropics

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Ingredients: 70% dark chocolate, dried strawberries, dried coconut, macadamia nuts, crystallized mint leaf pieces

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These chocolates may not jump around like real frogs or hide cards with wizards waving at you, and none of them contain earwax flavor, but they’re certainly worth a try! After tasting some of these sweet combinations, you’ll never fear a Dementor again in your life.