These delicious chocolate covered cinnamon bears are a fun and festive treat, and so easy to make!
I’m so glad it’s February! It’s my favorite month because not only is it my birth month, it’s also the month of Valentine’s Day (my favorite holiday!). We don’t usually do anything too romantic as a couple, but I always make a fun Valentine’s breakfast (sometimes breakfast for dinner) for the family, and all of the pink, red, and chocolatey treats we can eat!
Chocolate covered cinnamon bears are one of my favorite treats, but I can rarely find them in the store here in Oregon. I don’t know if they’re mostly just a Utah thing, or what? They’re so easy to make at home that I can just whip up a batch whenever the craving strikes. Since they’re so simple (only two ingredients, plus whatever decoration you want to add) I would advise using a good quality chocolate for dipping. I love Guittard chocolate wafers, but I’ve also used the Pound Plus chocolate from Trader Joe’s and had good results. Really, whatever chocolate you like will work great, as long as it tastes good! For the cinnamon bears themselves, I like Sweets brand, but you can use whatever you like.
If you haven’t done a lot of chocolate dipping before, the key is to melt the chocolate slowly, stirring it pretty constantly, and be careful not to overheat it. It’s really easy to burn the chocolate or heat it to the point that it seizes and is totally unusable. I like using a double boiler on low heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, you could place a metal bowl over a pot and it will work just as well. Just be patient! If you’re dipping the cinnamon bears and your chocolate starts to cool down and harden, you can gently heat it up again in the double boiler. I decorated some of the bears with sprinkles, and drizzled some white chocolate over the top of others. They turned out so cute and festive!
Chocolate Covered Cinnamon BearsPrint Recipe
- 1 pound cinnamon bears
- 8 ounces milk chocolate melting wafers I used Guittard A’Peels
- optional: sprinkles contrasting colors of melting wafers for decoration
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone. Add the milk chocolate to a double boiler over low heat, and melt, stirring frequently to prevent overheating. (Alternatively, you can add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between.)
- Drop the cinnamon bears into the melted chocolate, turning to coat all sides. Lift the cinnamon bears with a fork, tapping gently to let the excess chocolate drip off, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Add sprinkles immediately, or let the chocolate set, then drizzle with a contrasting color. Let set completely.
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