Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Gift Idea - Allergen-Free Chocolate Chewy Candy

Tootsie Rolls are naturally gluten-free, but like many other off-the-shelf chocolate candy, they contain milk and soy. Continuing my make-it-yourself spree, I decided to try making my own version of chocolate chewy candy.

Allergen-Free Chocolate Chewy Candy (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Earth Balance Natural Shortening, melted

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup powdered sugar 

1 cup powdered rice milk

Combine the cocoa, powdered sugar, and half of the powdered rice milk. Mix together well and set it aside. This will be a very powdery mix.

In a large mixing bowl, blend together the honey, shortening and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and blend on low until completely combined.

Coat a smooth prep surface with a small amount of the remaining rice milk. Move the dough from the bowl to the prep surface.

Work the remaining powdered milk into the candy ball with your hands, a little bit at a time. When you can no longer manipulate the ball with your hands (or you use up the remaining powdered rice milk) you are done kneading. Place the dough ball on a sheet of wax paper and flatten it with your hands until it is a disk.

Use a sharp non-stick knife to cut the dough into tootsie-roll-sized pieces.

Cut squares of wax paper and wrap the candies individually. This recipe makes about 24 pieces.

I was really thrilled with the result. This is a dead ringer for “the real thing.” Bring this as a hostess gift, fill a stocking, or give it to your favorite gluten-free and allergen-free guest!


eventnutrition said...

Colette, I really enjoyed your Food Allergy Kids presentation yesterday. Thanks for all the valuable information. Regarding the "tootsie rolls," you say they are vegan. It's my understanding that vegans don't eat honey because it's by-product of a living being. The treats would be vegetarian, not vegan.

Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Thanks for this GREAT recipe Colette. The food allergy community NEEDS people like you to create these awesome recipes! PS - great KFA webinar!

Colette said...

Eventnutrition -- good catch! I have updated the post.

Kathryn, thanks so much! This recipe is great to do with the kids.

peggy said...

I love tootsie rolls as a kid...I will try these sometime.

Michelle said...

Where can I buy powdered rice milk? Thanks so much for the fun recipes!

Colette said...

Hi Michelle, I bought my powdered rice milk from Amazon. If you are lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods, I expect you can find it there.