Last Wednesday I was feeling mischievous and wanted to make something fitting to my mood. What better than a candy that is deceivingly spicy. It looks so innocent, dressed up with sugar crystals and decadent chocolate, but don’t let looks deceive you. This is a devilish treat. A bite into these zingy desserts is a medley of velvety chocolate and fiery ginger. The sensation is exhilarating. The chocolate cuts the intense taste of the ginger and leaves the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
I would definitely classify these as sophisticated candy, not something you would share with your child. Mainly because it’s more enjoyable to hoard them all for yourself. And there are benefits to devouring these treats! It is a well known fact that is heart-healthy to consume a small amount of dark chocolate daily, and ginger is great a way to soothe an upset stomach or to just aid in digestion. So in my humble opinion, I would say that these candies are essentially healthy! (We’ll just turn a blind eye to the high sugar content) Seriously though, they are definitely worth trying!
Ingredients: (yields at least 40 pieces)
1 Large or 2 Small Ginger Roots
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Chocolate
First, you need to peel your ginger. The easiest way to do this is with edge of a spoon! You’ll have to cut your ginger into smaller pieces in order to get into all of the its nooks and crannies. Next get out your mandolin (if you don’t have one, you can carefully slice by hand) I used the smallest attachment in order to get the thinnest slices. Slice all of your ginger. Place your ginger in a pot, fill with water until all of the ginger is submerged. Bring to boil and let boil for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse your ginger. Return to pot with new water, bring to boil again and let cook for 30 minutes or until ginger is soft, tender, and translucent. Drain, rinse and return to bowl once more. Add 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Cook on medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Stir frequently. Drain and keep liquid if you’d like to sweeten teas or make ginger ale. Spread ginger out on a piece of wax paper and let dry over night. Now you can either toss ginger in sugar, or dip in melted chocolate. Let harden, and store in airtight container. Enjoy your “healthy” dessert!