Box-er Chocolates

Canine chocolates beautifully gift-wrapped -perfect for Valentine’s Day. Moulds for chocolate making, including heart shapes, are available from kitchenware suppliers, or improvise with an ice-cube tray.

The chocolates will only keep for 5-7 days as they are made from natural ingredients, unlike commercial chocolates. Don’t be tempted to substitute cocoa powder for the carob as chocolate is poisonous to dogs.

Makes 15-25
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus setting

250 g (8 oz) carob chips or carob bar, broken into small pieces
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
75 g (3 oz) pistachio nuts or peanuts, crushed
To decorate: 25 g (1 oz) blanched almonds 25 g (1 oz) glace cherries

1. Place the carob in a heatproof glass bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of lightly simmering water and heat until the carob has melted. Stir in the vanilla extract and nuts. Pour into chocolate moulds or ice-cube trays and transfer to the refrigerator until set.

2. Carefully press the chocolates out of the mould or tray. Decorate each with an almond or glace cherry. Transfer to truffle or mini cake cases and place in a small, decorated box. Cover with cling film, attach a bow and present to your favorite dog.