home-made chocolate hearts recipe

Trying to find the perfect chocolate heart for a loved one who has multiple and severe food allergies can be a frustrating quest at this time of year – here’s how you avoid the struggle to read to teeeeeny-tiiiiiiiiny ingredients lists and allergen info – with this versatile home-made chocolate hearts recipe!

You know which plain chocolate bar is safe for your loved one. All you have to do is melt it, shape it and top it – creating their perfect, never-to-be-found-in-the-shops free-from delicious treat. What a great way of expressing your individual love for them too! No generic chocs grabbed at the station on the way home after work. You can tailor make this home-made chocolate hearts recipe to suit their preferences.

Here are the ones I made last year! My son loves chocolate orange – but trying to find dairy-free, soy-free chocolate orange hearts was never gonna happen, let alone with honeycomb on top. He LOVES honeycomb – but again trying to find honeycomb in dairy-free, soya-free chocolate was futile. So I came up with this fab solution for home-made chocolate hearts.

I made honeycomb – its surprisingly fun and easy! I doctored his safe 74% Ecuadorian dark chocolate, with a spot of orange extract and BOOM – home-made chocolate orange hearts with honeycomb crumbs on top. They were a hit, he was a very happy chappy and felt very loved – which was what it’s all about! You can make yours chocolate mint flavour or add nuts to the mix if your child can eat them. Mini marshmallows are fun too! There are so many options and possibilities with this basic simple method. Let us know if you give them a go, how you made the recipe your own to create the perfect taste-fest for your loved ones.

home-made chocolate hearts

  • Yield:

    makes 2 large hearts
  • Cooking Method:

  • Prep Time:

    12 mins
  • Cook Time:

    12 mins
home-made chocolate hearts

Finding the safe free-from chocolate valentine gifts is near impossible; this is a very simple way to make home-made chocolate ♥ which are perfect for your loved ones with severe food allergies. All you need is a ♥ shaped cookie cutter, tin foil and your go-to free-from safe chocolate. Pictured is the chocolate ♥ I made last year for my son - it was chocolate orange with honeycomb on top. You can tailor this versatile recipe to suit your loved ones preferences. 


  • one slab of safe chocolate broken up (100g)
  • 1 tsp of orange extract (or which ever flavour your child will prefer)
  • toppings - (mini-marshmallows, honeycomb, popcorn, nuts, raisins... you know what your child will love!)


  1. Cover a flat board in tin foil (it helps cool the choc). Use a large ♥ shaped cookie-cutter to create the shape and size you want your final chocolate to be. Get a length of foil and fold it over and over (at least four times) so it is strong, then shape the foil around the cookie cutter (see the photo to get a sense of how it should look). Use tape (I used masking tape as it's easy to peel off) to seal the foil shape to the foil base so there can be no leakages.

    prep done; time to melt

  2. Get your toppings ready.

  3. Pour boiling water into a small saucepan, sit a glass bowl in the pan and add the broken pieces of safe chocolate. If you are adding a flavour do it as the chocolate begins to melt, and stir it in. My son ♥'s chocolate orange so I added orange extract to his chocolate. Allow the chocolate to melt and combine slowly in the glass bowl - keep stirring it.

  4. When it's melted pour into your waiting shapes make sure it reaches the edges (don't go too thick or it will be hard to get out of the cutter) Sprinkle your toppings on (I like simplicity so did one topping per ♥ some people like to go crazy!)

  5. Leave in a cool room to set (mine took about an hour in my studio).

    no leakages

  6. When they have set (press the middle gently to check it's solid) carefully remove the foil from the edges. Very gently press the chocolate out of the cutter.

  7. Voila! Give them to the one you love...or pop into a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon and tag to store in a cool place until you see the lucky recipient of your chocolate ♥.


Let me know how you make your chocolate ♥ gifts unique for those you love.

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