We are making diabetic candy! I call them Dark Pecan Joy! They are made with dark unsweetened chocolate, Pecan halves, unsweetened coconut flakes mixed with coconut oil, all sealed in with the dark chocolate. They are about 6 carbs a piece, however the dark chocolate has a very low glycemic load (45). Read what it does for our health: http://www.grinningplanet.com/2007/02-13/chocolate-and-health.htm
We started by mixing coconut oil and unsweetened shredded coconut together. Make sure that you just coat the flakes. Too much oil will cause leakage. We found that out on the first batch. The unsweetened coconut is so low on the glycemic index it is zero.
Coating the bottom and sides of the candy mold with the dark chocolate, we then inserted one pecan.
Putting the coconut and oil solution in next, we made sure to leave the sides open enough so that when we drizzled the top on it, it will seal the sides. IMPORTANT: In order to make this traveling food, it must be completely sealed. The dark chocolate has a melting point of about 94 degrees, so in most circumstances it should travel well in a baggy.
These are pre-made bottoms called “Choco Maker”. They are Dark Belgium chocolate and quite a bit larger than the smaller molds.
We were able to add two pecans to each cup. The pecans are very low on the glycemic index. They actually lower your glycemic load:
Filling with CO & Coconut we then capped them with the Nestle Dark Chocolate.
For experimentation and taste, we used Bakers and Nestles. Both are dark chocolate, however the Nestles is a little more refined and sweeter. If you can handle the Baker’s (which is not bad) it will be better for you and a little less carbs. If you need candy, the Nestles is the way to go.
First batch out you can see that some of the coconut oil seeped through. We then reduced the coconut oil and did better.
These are the pre-made cups. About the size of a Reese’s Cup.
Second batch of the smaller ones turned very nice. Sealed up very well. And did I mention delicious!
Near as we can calculate, about 6 carbs a piece for the small ones and 9 carbs for the large. The size of the small ones is 1/2 an ounce and the large one is 3/4 of an ounce. My 1 hour post meal BG reading only raised about 6 points. Individual results may vary. Test, test, test! Enjoy!