Homemade Chocolate Kisses, Top 8 Free (Video)

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Making homemade chocolate kisses is easy to do with a few tips and tools! Our version is top 8 free, and you can make these with any chocolate you love, even sugar free, keto, or paleo chocolate!

photo collage of homemade chocolate kisses

One of my favorite things about creating recipes for The Fit Cookie is making recipes that most everyone can enjoy no matter their allergies!

I love finding ways to create new treats that fit many food allergies and special diets, including allergy friendly remakes of favorite foods, like these allergy friendly Homemade Chocolate Kisses!

These are just in time for Valentine’s Day later this week, but homemade Hershey kisses are great for any time of year, not just for Valentine’s Day 🙂

chocolate kisses on marble surface

You can make these cute chocolate treats with just about any chocolate that you love. Want a keto/low carb chocolate kiss? Use your favorite sugar-free chocolate! Love dark, dark chocolate? Make some kisses with your favorite dark chocolate brand!

Since we have multiple food allergies, we use the Enjoy Life chocolate or the Nestle Simply Delicious semi-sweet and white chocolate. But if you don’t have food allergies, you can use whatever chocolate you like best.

How to make chocolate kisses

Making your own Hershey kisses at home is easy! You’ll just need a chocolate kiss mold (they’re usually labeled as “large chocolate chip molds”) and your favorite chocolate. The mold I linked to is the exact one I used for this recipe.

large chocolate chip mold

Here are the steps for making homemade chocolate kiss candies:

  1. Melt your favorite chocolate either in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove (I usually just put a bowl into a saucepan with a little water for my “double boiler”).
  2. Carefully spoon the melted chocolate into the silicone large chocolate chip mold.
  3. Tap the mold onto the counter several times to settle the chocolate and release air bubbles.
  4. Take a toothpick and press it into the chocolate down to the very bottom of each well of chocolate, moving it around a little to get rid of the air bubble that will form on the top of the chocolate kiss.
  5. Tap the mold on the counter again several times firmly.
  6. Chill the mold in the fridge or freezer just long enough to firm up the chocolate to remove it from the mold.
  7. Remove from the mold and store at room temperature.
pouring chocolate into a chocolate mold

Getting chocolate into the very top of the chocolate kiss mold is a bit tricky. If you skip using the toothpick and tamping the mold on the table, you’ll end up with air bubbles in the top of your candies. So basically kisses with weird tops!

You’ll notice that in some of my photos the chocolate kisses are missing their tops due to air bubbles. My first batch of these I didn’t read the instructions that came with the mold and they all ended up with air bubbles at the top. The second batch I made turned out much better.

But even if your kisses end up with missing tops, they’ll still taste great!

white and semi-sweet chocolate kisses

Make sure not to store these in the fridge too long or they will end up with chocolate “bloom”. Chill these just long enough to make them easy to get out of the mold, then store them at room temperature.

My first batch of chocolate kisses ended up with chocolate bloom because I kept them in the fridge too long, but they are still fine to eat and bake with.

Chocolate kiss variations

I had a little fun when I was making my chocolate kisses and made some fun white kisses with semi-sweet stripes. You can do this opposite, too, with dark chocolate kisses with white chocolate stripes.

glass dish filled with white chocolate kisses

Here how to add stripes to your kisses:

  1. Melt 2 kinds of chocolate (white and regular dark or semi-sweet).
  2. Slowly drizzle a thin drop of one kind of chocolate into the mold to make lines. I found if I went too fast, the drizzle wouldn’t get into the mold very well.
  3. You can use a spoon to drizzle, a chocolate drizzle tool, a squeeze bottle with a small opening, or a plastic bag with a small piece cut out of the corner.
  4. Chill the molds with the drizzle just long enough to set the chocolate.
  5. Pour your second type of chocolate into each mold, tap on the counter and insert a toothpick to get rid of air bubbles.
  6. Chill until chocolate is set and remove the kisses from the mold.

I think the striped kisses look neat! They are a really fun way get creative with homemade candy. It’s easy to do, but the results are really pretty and elegant.

various dairy free chocolate kisses

Here are some other variations for homemade kisses:

  • Once your chocolate is poured, add sprinkles to the top of the chocolate before chilling for kisses with sprinkles on the bottom.
  • Add natural food coloring or powdered freeze-dried fruit to white chocolate to make different colors and flavors of white chocolate kisses (similar to our Strawberry White Chocolate Hearts).
  • If you can have nuts, add a small roasted almond to the middle of the chocolate once it’s been poured into the mold for almond kisses.

Check out our other great chocolate candy recipes!

Homemade Chocolate Kisses (Top 8 Free)

Making homemade chocolate kisses is easy to do with a few tips and tools! our version is top 8 free, and you can make these with any chocolate you love, even sugar free/keto, or paleo chocolate!
Top 8 free, vegan (when made with Nestle Simply Delicious or Enjoy Life chocolate). Free of: dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy, tree nuts
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Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate kisses, dairy free chocolate candy, hershey kisses
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Chill time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 25 kisses
Calories: 38kcal

Instructions

Regular chocolate or white chocolate kisses

  • Melt your favorite chocolate either in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove (I usually just put a bowl into a saucepan with a little water for my "double boiler").
  • Carefully spoon the melted chocolate into the silicone large chocolate chip mold. It makes it easy to just fill the kiss molds to the top, but not overfill them. If you happen to overfill them, you can scrape across the top of the chocolate to remove the excess chocolate.
  • Tap the filled mold onto the counter several times to settle the chocolate and release air bubbles.
  • Take a toothpick and press it into the chocolate down to the very bottom of each well of chocolate, moving it around a little to get rid of the air bubble that will forms in the top of the chocolate kiss.
  • Tap the mold on the counter again several times firmly.
  • Chill the mold in the fridge or freezer just long enough to firm up the chocolate to remove it from the mold. Remove from the mold and store at room temperature.

Striped chocolate kisses:

  • Melt 2 kinds of chocolate (white and regular dark or semi-sweet).
  • Slowly drizzle a thin drip of one kind of chocolate into the mold to make lines. I found if I went too fast, the drizzle wouldn't get into the mold very well. You can use a spoon to drizzle, a chocolate drizzle tool, a squeeze bottle with a small opening, or a plastic bag with a small piece cut out the corner.
  • Chill the molds with the drizzle just long enough to set the chocolate.
  • Pour your second type of chocolate into each mold, tap on the counter and insert a toothpick to get rid of air bubbles.
  • Chill until chocolate is set and remove the kisses from the mold.

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Notes

1 chocolate kiss mold has 25 wells in it. This recipe will fill 1 chocolate mold of 25. You can double or triple this recipe if you need more chocolate kisses. 

Nutrition

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 0mg | Sugar: 3g
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