I’m back! I took a year-long break from blogging to focus on running the KW Vegan Society, a social group offering 3-4 vegan events a month in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. We celebrated our second anniversary on November 5th and are now well over 700 members! Our annual Peas on Earth Holiday Party last week had over 100 attendees! It’s very heartwarming and affirming to see veganism growing in my community. If you’re in southwestern Ontario, feel welcome to find us on Facebook and join the fun! All vegans and aspiring vegans welcome.
As we count down to the holidays, many vegans would love to find a vegan chocolate advent calendar. There are brands to buy online, like MooFree. Or if you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own like I did. I bought a tray of chocolate molds from Bulk Barn and used the entire tray as the advent calendar, with a re-purposed Christmas gift bag as the pretty calendar cover. Choose a mold tray that has as many days as you want to count down to Christmas.
Here’s what you need:
100 gm vegan chocolate chips (I used about half a bag of Camino Fair Trade Semi-Sweet Chips); you may need more or less depending on the size of your mold tray
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tray of chocolate molds
1 Christmas gift bag
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler on the stove, with the coconut oil, stirring occasionally until well combined.
While the chocolate melts, trace the outline of the mold tray on the gift bag. Measure an extra one inch around all sides and cut out. Lay the gift bag over the mold tray and with an x-acto knife cut three sides of a square over each mold, so that the paper can peel back like a window. Write a number on each window.
Pour the melted chocolate into the molds, and let set in the fridge until firm. Place the cut gift bag over the mold tray and fold the extra inch of material onto the back of the tray and secure with tape.
Happy Christmas Countdown!