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Chocolate Covered Squid - Valentine's Day Candy From the Sea

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What better way to say "I heart you" on Valentines Day then with chocolate covered squid?

I happened to be cooking some squid today and realized that in just a few simple steps I could make some really awesome and super romantic squid chocolates. It took only a minute to boil the squid and then just a few more minutes to coat them in a delicious spicy chocolate mixture. I actually ended up eating my seafood chocolates instead of giving them to my valentine, but its probably for the best, because I don't think squid travel very well in the mail system.
 
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Step 1: Recipe

Covering squid in chocolate is actually pretty easy and quick.

The Squid

Instructables gourmet chef and experimentor Canida let me use some extra squid she happened to have. You can buy squid at some super markets and at most fish stores. Squid are cheap, so these one of a kind chocolates won't cost a bundle unlike some other "seafood" chocolates out there on the market. If you get them pre-cleaned it will save you some time.

Each chocolate is made from the tentacles of one squid. You can cut the body of the squid up into little rounds to make more. I got two sets of squid tentacles from Canida and one squid body section so I made three squid chocolates in total.

I took my squid bits and threw them into some boiling water for a minute or two. Cook your squid however you like. I didn't want to impart too much flavor onto the squid during the cooking process so I thought boiling them would be a good route. The squid cook really fast, so as soon as you see them turning white and firming up its time to take them out of the water and let them cool.

The Chocolate

I made my chocolate sauce by melting half a chocolate bar spiced with chili together with about a tablespoon of butter. You can use heavy cream here if you like, or just use the chocolate straight, but I find that diluting it with something helps it flow better. Higher chocolate to butter ratios will yield thicker chocolate while lower ones will make the sauce thinner. I chose to use about twice as much chocolate as butter.

Put the chocolate mixture into the microwave and cook it in 15 second bursts, stirring in between, until the butter and the chocolate are melted. Remove the sauce and stir it until everything is mixed together evenly.
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surely it's very easy to find in the market, try to go to your nearest store
Simplex40513 years ago
Dude, flipping brilliant. This also works with smoked salmon, and/or candied salmon. Octopus also works good, because the tentacles have a nice, slightly sweet flavour.
maven3 years ago
You could try Vietnamese dried squid (Can Tho?) for longer lasting candies. It's kinda like squid jerky. Salty, chewy, and very ocean-y.
Even for people who are squeamish about eating squid, this looks more like fancy molded chocolate, which may help.
These are BEAUTIFUL!
An Villain4 years ago
*licks lips*
Hmmmmmmm. On balance I'd have to say that there are many other things I'd rather coat in chocolate and eat, and it's only the "be nice" policy that stops me from itemising them here. Actually I think this delicacy flies extremely close to breaching the "be nice" thing in itself. Still, it takes all sorts!
DeimosOne6 years ago
It's so pretty, I'd not want to eat it! (well, also.. seafood freaks me out) but so beautiful!
Yea, I'd eat em too...but my doctor said chocolate covered pickes were bad enough  O.o ...I hate seafood anyway....
i have great ideas for these! if i get around to making them ill def post a pic!
KahlZun4 years ago
i'm sure they're great, they just look scary
I'm gonna have to try this now just to see if squid and chocolate are really two great tastes that taste great together! just like rocktheproject said i love both and never thought too mix 'em but now this is going to haunt me until i do...

HOW DARE YOU EAT MY BROTHEREN! jk This looks awsome. My friend makes a lot of sushi and he might have some squid.

dude, i'm going to have to give this one a shot- i don't know if my wife will be into it, but i love squid and chocolate, it just never occured to me to mix the two...
You did a great job on these, they're beautiful and well-placed. great instructable!

nick
JessickaSin4 years ago
I love the presentation, and the second pic with the sunset...Awesome!!!
JessickaSin4 years ago
They look cute...and yummy! Can't wait to try this out!
DrWeird1175 years ago
Well! Now I've seen it all. -D
shortone5 years ago
Soo...can anyone give a more accurate description of how it tastes? Like is it ok, in your opinion? I only want answers from people who have actually TRIED it-not "ew that looks gross" thanks in advance!
Octopus and squids taste fairly similar, sort of a watery-earthy taste. As far as I can tell from my friends, most people dislike octopus not because of the flavor, but because of the texture it has. Since I am bent on the consumption on all sea creatures, I love the seafood taste (except sea urchins, they taste like cold saliva >_<).
its good if you like squid.
Chard6 years ago
What better way to say i heart you? well knowing my girlfriends dislike of squid and dislike of eating any animal that was once small, cute and can be related to a finding nemo character... id say shed probably prefer a poke in the eye! but thats a personal thing. id much rather a big happy bowl o' coco squids in the morning than a poke in the eye!
red-king Chard5 years ago
squid are cute? what kind of squid have you been looking at?
doesn't look too cute to me....
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sheetghost5 years ago
MMM! Chocolate.... I don't think squid has much of a flavor, especially if you boil it. It's just chewy (but are the baby ones as chewy?)
the chewy-ness (not sure if thats a word) is based on the amount you cook it really... if you cook it too long it gets extremely chewy, and if you don't cook it enough its just about as chewy.
wouldn't instead of saying i heart you, it would say "i hate you and i want you to die in the firery pits of hell(with this squid)"
Not really. I love squid.
Yah, but it's like... eating a chocolate covered pickel. would you, i thought so.
>.> i actually happen to like chocolate covered pickles *blush* am a freak
dill pickle pringles + chocolate = yummy yummy
dill pickle pringles and icecream is good too...
I actually would eat that. My uncle and I both eat sauerkraut peanut butter and bologna sandwiches. Iron stomachs for the win.
yeah i would
That sounds like a good idea.
ELF6 years ago
I never realised there were so small squids... :| Are they full grown? Hmmm, still seams a bit nasty to be honest :S But it's neatly done...
brandonssk ELF5 years ago
Oh My dear ELF There are Squid sooo Small that you cannot see them without the assistance of a microscope!
bustedit ELF5 years ago
i think that would be calamari? and they just get smaller as you cook them
There are many varieties of squid, from very large to very small. There is a variety common in the Pacific Northwest that would work very well for this. Calamari is really just another name for squid, typically fried squid.
That's just silly. Why would a speices of squid evolve into a fried form, what's in it for the squid?
Well, obviously it's because dolphins are too smart to eat fried food. ;)
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