Homemade Gourmet Chocolate {Ice Cube Candy}


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Quick and easy homemade gourmet chocolate (ice cube candy) with multiple filling ideas. Pack these fancy chocolate in a pretty box for a nice homemade gift.

Coming up with a name for today’s post was so hard. I know many people won’t agree with the name but it was better than calling them “chocolate ice cubes!” As you have probably guessed, these homemade candies are made in ice cube trays. You can use a fancy mold but this is the way my dear Mom made them. Back in the day when I was little, they didn’t have cool molds or cute ice trays readily available at stores. So, my mom was smart and used whatever was on hand. Now these chocolates are not only delicious, but nostalgic too. The possibilities for fillings are endless, making them a sweet surprise on top of everything else! These How to Make Chocolate Leaves {With Mint} and Crockpot Candy {Chocolate Peanut Clusters} are additional unique ways to enjoy chocolate.

Easy Homemade Gourmet Chocolate With Nutella Filling on Wood Background
Ice Cube Tray Chocolate Candy on Wood Background

How to make homemade gourmet chocolate in ice cube tray? 

  1. Melt chocolate– Paint a thick layer into the ice cube tray.
  2. Freeze tray– Then, fill it with add-ins.
  3. Cover add-ins with chocolate– Spread it smoothly.
  4. Freeze again– Until chocolate is fully set.
  5. Remove chocolates– Gently. Enjoy.
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Chocolate candy filling ideas

Marshmallows– In the form of marshmallow creme or actual marshmallows.

Chopped nuts– Such as walnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds, pistachios, or cashews.

Nut butters– Such as Nutella, peanut, almond, cashew, or sunbutter.

Fresh fruit– Like strawberries or maraschino cherries.

Ganache– Such as this Easy Chocolate Ganache {2 Ingredients}

Crushed cookies– Like Oreos, biscoff, graham crackers, or chocolate chip cookies.

Dried fruit– Like cranberries, blueberries, cherries, or apricots.

Other candies– Such as truffles or even mini m&ms.

Edible cookie dough– Because cookie dough makes everything better.

Frostings– Such as Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe, American Buttercream Frosting Recipe, or Best Cream Cheese Frosting.

Sauces– Like this How To Make Homemade Caramel Sauce and Hot Fudge Sauce {Chocolate Fudge Sauce}.

Crushed pretzels– For a salty and sweet version.

Jams/pie fillingsHow to Make Strawberry Pie Filling, How to Make Cherry Pie Filling, How to Make Blueberry Pie Filling, How to Make Raspberry Pie Filling, or Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam.

Homemade Fancy Chocolate With Marshmallow Filling- Partially Eaten

Variations for fancy chocolate

Use a fancy chocolate mold– Simply follow the same tutorial to make cool shapes.

Add sea salt– Before the top layer of the chocolate sets add a sprinkle of sea salt.

Add espresso powder– To the melted chocolate for a coffee version.

Add spices– Such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, or even all spice to the melted chocolate.

Add extracts– Such as vanilla, almond, maple, or bourbon.

Easy Gourmet Candy With Peanut Butter Filling- Partially Eaten

Tips and techniques for ice cube candy

Wash and pat fruit dry– Because this prevents water from collecting in the chocolates and then creating ice in them when frozen.

Your chocolate coating that you brush in the trays must be thick– If it’s too thin, it will stick to the trays and crack when the candies are finally removed from the tray, or it would become too hard to remove them from the trays.

How to melt chocolate? Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth, stirring between each interval.

How to remove candies from ice cube trays? Flip the ice cube tray gently onto a baking tray, lined with wax paper and tap it a bit until the chocolate cubes fall out.

Strawberry Chocolate Cube (Broken) on Wood Background


Refrigerate– In a sealed container, separated by sheets of wax paper for up to 1 week.

Freeze– This is not recommended since the chocolate topping can sometimes crack upon thawing.

Room temperature– If there are perishable fillings (such as fresh fruits, jams e.t.c), those cannot be stored at room temperature for more than 2-3 hours because they can go bad. However, non-perishable fillings (such as marshmallows, nuts, Nutella) can be stored in a covered box, separated by sheets of wax paper for up to 3 days.

Ice Cube Candy With Walnuts- Partially Eaten

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Homemade Gourmet Chocolate (Ice Cube Candy)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Quick and easy homemade gourmet chocolate (ice cube candy) with multiple filling ideas like Nutella, peanut butter, marshmallows, nuts. Pack these fancy chocolate in a box for a nice homemade gift.
Yield: 14 Candies


  • 2 cups Melted chocolate, Semisweet, dark, milk or even white
  • 2 cups Fillings, Such as nuts, Nutella, peanut butter, jams, preserves, fresh berries, marshmallows, marshmallow creme or fluff, caramel sauce, crushed oreos, thick ganache


  • Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  • Use a paintbrush to paint a thick coating of chocolate in each cavity of an ice cube tray.
  • Freeze this tray for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tray from the freezer and fill it with your choice of add-ins.
  • Pour spoonfuls of chocolate on top of your add-ins and spread it smoothly.
  • Freeze tray again for 15-20 minutes or until chocolate is fully set.
  • Flip the tray gently onto a tray, lined with wax paper and tap it a bit until the chocolate cubes fall out. Enjoy.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 262
Author: Abeer Rizvi

79 comments on “Homemade Gourmet Chocolate {Ice Cube Candy}”

  1. Hi..can we add alchohol to the filling? If yes pls advise how?

  2. I used to make cherry chocolates for my nephew. Whole maraschino cherries , sweetened condensed milk and some powdered sugar. They were a pain to dip. THANK YOU for this tip . PS If you make the cherry chocolates around Thanksgiving, at Christmas they have mercerated into a wonderful cherry syrup that runs down you chin.5 stars

  3. Good for your mom. Making things with what they had was indicative of them wanting to make something special without having anything “special” to use as utensils. I admire her creativity and how fun for your kids not knowing what she was going to put inside them. You could have a different filling in each of the ice cube tray cavities.

    Thanks for sharing a good memory and I wish you a very Merry Christmas.5 stars

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