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Ube Halaya Candy Cups are made with Filipino white chocolate, polvoron and of course ube halaya.
Ube Halaya is a Filipino dessert made from ube, condensed milk or coconut milk and butter. It’s a very simple recipe. However there is lots of stirring to get the right consistency. Traditionally it is made at the end of the year around Christmas time to have during a big feast we call Noche Buena.
Now you can buy it off the shelf anytime of the year. In this recipe we are going to use ready made Ube Halaya to make candy cups. Similar to peanut butter cups!
Most of you are familiar with peanut butter cups or Reeces. We are going to make something similar but using Filipino ingredients. The chocolate shell will be made with white chocolate and ube flavoring. For the filling we will be using Ube Halaya and Ube Polvoron. It’s a great recipe to make when you have leftovers of halaya and polvoron.
First melt together the white chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Start with 1 minute in the microwave. Take it out and mix well. Put the bowl back in and heat for 30 seconds. Take it out and mix again. Repeat heating up in 15 second intervals until all the chocolate is melted. Sometimes just spending time to mix it more will melt the small stubborn chocolates.
Next add the ube flavoring to the melted white chocolate mixture. I noticed that it did leave some flecks and I don’t mind it. It adds some design to the candy cups.
Now we are going to fill the cups. I used reusable floral designed ones, but you can use disposable ones as well. Place 1 teaspoon of chocolate in each cavity and spread it all over the bottoms and up the sides a bit. Then place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden.
Once the chocolate is hardened take it out of the refrigerator and evenly distribute the polvoron. After the polvoron top each with Ube Halaya. Spread it flat as much as you can.
Finally top each filled cup with the remaining chocolate. About 1 teaspoon each and smooth out the top. Place back in the refrigerator to harden. It should be ready to enjoy in 30 minutes.
Once the white chocolate has hardened, unmold all the candies and place on a platter.
Put any uneaten Ube Halaya Candy Cups in a lined airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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