In the Netherlands we celebrate the birthday of Saint Nicholas on the 5th of December. Every year he travels from Spain to the Netherlands with his steam boat where we welcome him in the middle of November. He stays in the Netherlands until his birthday and then leaves for Spain again.
During the weeks that he is in the Netherlands, children can put their shoes by the fireplace or the window (with a carrot for Saint-Nicholas’ horse). When the children are asleep (and have been kind), Sinterklaas and his Petes put small presents and candy in them. Among others chocolate letters. Finally, on the 5th of December, there is a big party with bigger gifts, poems and homemade surprises.
The stores are full of candy, “speculaas” dolls, marzipan and chocolate letters right now. Because I think Naois also deserves a chocolate letter in his shoe, I started looking for a letter that fits his diet. Unfortunately without result. Both in the stores and on the internet I could not find a letter with enough fat, little protein and no sugar. “That’s not fair!” Naois would say.
So I decided to make a chocolate letter for him myself. After a long search I found a mould on the internet to make chocolate letters. I couldn’t find the N but fortunately I could find a P and since Naois is a big fan of the Petes that accompany Sinterklaas, I went for the P.
The search for the perfect chocolate for our dear little man began. After many unsuccessful attempts, I managed to make a chocolate letter that looks very nice, has the right texture, is not too bitter, tastes like milk chocolate and has the right proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
- Calories: 1000
- Ratio: 3:1
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Protein: 7 g
- Fat: 69 g
- 68 g Mattisson Cocoa Butter Butter Bio or similar
- 5 g vanilla aroma of Dr. Oetker (or similar)
- 68 g Stevia Chocolate from Pantagruel or similar
- Natrena liquid sweetener to taste
- Melt the cocoa butter together with the chocolate in a saucepan
- Add the vanilla aroma and Natrena liquid to taste and mix with the melted chocolate and cocoa butter.
- Pour the mixture into the chocolate letter mould and put the mould in the fridge for a few hours.
- Carefully take the letter out of the mould and put a nice wrapping around it for the shoe 🙂