easy homemade dark chocolate coins for Hanukkah

Homemade Dark Chocolate Coins

Meredith 10:52 pm

These homemade dark chocolate coins are one of the simplest holiday treats that I make.  They are great for Hanukkah gelt or as a healthier option for your holiday dessert table.  Because these chocolate coins are simply dark chocolate and either dried fruit or nuts, they are a delicious and festive treat that is not overly sweet.

homemade dark chocolate coins for Chanukah gelt

Easy and delicious dark chocolate coins

These dark chocolate coins are very quick to make.  Instead of using a traditional double boiler method to melt the chocolate, I use the microwave.  The chocolate is then quickly tempered by adding some already tempered chocolate prior to forming coins.

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easy homemade dark chocolate coins for Hanukkah
Dark Chocolate Coins
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Quick temper chocolate to make delicious homemade chocolate coins

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy chocolate coin recipe, how to quick temper chocolate, how to temper chocolate in the microwave
Servings: 60 coins
Calories: 97 kcal
  • 250 grams dark chocolate I prefer 72% dark chocolate
  • Dried strawberries optional
  • Toasted almonds optional
  1. Chop dark chocolate into small chunks
  2. Transfer all but the smallest pieces to a medium size glass bowl
  3. Melt chocolate in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds, until chocolate is mostly melted
  4. Continue to stir chocolate until completely melted
  5. Add half of the chocolate crumbs to melted chocolate, stir to incorporate
  6. If chocolate crumbs completely melted upon addition to melted chocolate, add remainder of chocolate crumbs and stir to incorporate fully
  7. Pour melted chocolate onto parchment paper
  8. Smooth into a uniform layer with either a rubber spatula or metal scraper. Chocolate layer should be approximately 1/2 cm or 1/4 inch thick
  9. Let chocolate layer solidify (chocolate will go from shiny to dull)
  10. Using a 1 inch circle cookie cutter, cut disks from chocolate once chocolate sheet is firm but not brittle
To add toppings (optional)
  1. Melt some of the remaining chocolate scraps in the microwave (you don't need to worry about tempering it as the chocolate will act as "glue")
  2. Using a tooth pick, "paint" some of the melted chocolate onto the back of the fruit or toasted nuts you want to add to the chocolate coins
  3. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container until ready to serve

Quick tempering chocolate for the dark chocolate coins

Have you ever made a dessert with melted chocolate only to have it turn dullish gray?  That waxy white coating on top is cocoa butter.  To prevent separation and obtain chocolate with the characteristic snap you are used to in a commercial chocolate, you need to temper your chocolate.  Chocolate tempering ensures that the proper crystalline structure of chocolate is retained.  In the case of these dark chocolate coins, a “seeding” method of introducing already tempered chocolate is used one the majority of the dark chocolate is melted.

Nutrition information (per 4 coins, 16 grams each serving):

  • 97 calories
  • 4 g added sugar
  • 2 g fiber
  • 1 g protein
  • 0 mg sodium
  • 6 g fat

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healthy and simple dark chocolate coins



  1. Delicious! But make sure to double the quantities… trust me, they will all get eaten

  2. This is a great idea for the holidays and I love dark chocolate even better than milk.

  3. I LOVE dark chocolate!! I’m going to have to try these asap!

  4. Such a Christmas classic! Love the simplicity of this recipe! Perfect festive treat!

  5. I love dark chocolate because of the health benefits. These look so yummy and creative!

  6. Love how easy these are to make! Chocolate coins were one of my faves as a child, so I’m seriously so excited for this!

    • Thanks Demeter! These are definitely a more “grown-up” version of the foil-wrapped chocolate coins I loved as a child (and that my children still love).

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