Back when kids’ penny pick and mix sweets were actually closer to costing pennies, a favourite of mine to splurge pocket money on were White Gems. These are tiny discs of some substance that’s a bit like chocolate, except for the taste, with rainbow-coloured hundreds and thousands (sprinkles). I loved them for the look. Rainbow colours work like magic on small children and that’s why things like My Little Pony happen.
Feeling in a nostalgic mood for some colourful chocolate, rather than buy the commercially made sweets that are still available, I decided to make a variant. As the name White Gems is no doubt registered to someone’s company, these are my “White chocolate shapes with coloured sugar balls”. Please feel free to suggest a snappier name as I’m not very good with that sort of thing.
There’s only three things you need to make these: white chocolate, some rainbow hundreds and thousands, usually found in the baking and cake decoration section of supermarkets, and a silicon mould. (The link shows the one I use, unfortunately it is a discontinued line on the website)
Break the chocolate bar up into chunks, then either melt it in a microwave or in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add a few hundreds and thousands to the silicon mould shapes. Once the chocolate has fully melted and become runny cool for a minute or two, so you won’t burn your hands on it instantly, then spoon or pour the chocolate into the mould. Put the mould into the fridge and leave to cool for about an hour. Et voilà, chocolate shapes with added rainbow colours!
The photo above was my first attempt and aesthetically they could do with some more work but they taste great! There are now none left as Mr. Other Half helped me with the quality control process.