Moulded chocolate candies look like complex works of art when displayed in a candy store, but you can make them at home using chocolate moulds. One of the more advanced moulds is a two-piece device that creates 3D chocolates, such as a skull. Creating 3D skull chocolates takes a bit more skill, but is actually fairly easy once you master the moulding process.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Double boiler
- Hot water
- Dish towel or waxed paper
Remove the top portion of a double boiler pot and fill the bottom portion of the pot with hot water that is between 54.4 and 65.6 degrees Celsius. The amount of water will vary based on the size of the double boiler, but in general do not fill the pot more than half full.
Place the top pot back inside the bottom pan and set the pot on a stove burner turned to medium.
Cut up the desired amount of chocolate into 1/2-inch chunks and place it into the top pan of the double boiler. The amount of chocolate will vary based on how large the mould is. Refer to the mould directions for proper chocolate amounts. If you are using chocolate chips you don't need to cut them up.
Allow the chocolate to sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then stir gently with a spoon. Continue stirring and watch the chocolate constantly until it is completely liquefied.
Open the two sections of the 3D skull mould on the table so that the hollow depressions form a cup. Depending on the type of mould you have, it may have a hinge on one side, or it may be in two completely different pieces.
Remove the top pan from the double boiler and fill the compartments in one side of the mould until they are completely full. Set the pan aside.
Turn the other side of the mould over so that it sits on top of the side filled with chocolate. Close the clips if they are installed on the mould, or place two clips along each side of the mould to secure it.
Place one hand on either side of the mould and gently turn it over so that the chocolate flows all the way around the mould.
Place the mould into a refrigerator and allow it to sit for five minutes. Pick up the mould and rotate it again before replacing it back into the refrigerator with the opposite side facing downward. Repeat the process at five-minute intervals for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Spread a clean dish towel or a piece of waxed paper onto the counter and remove the mould from the refrigerator. Open or remove the clips from around the edge and carefully lift off the top portion of the mould. Turn the bottom portion upside down to deposit the 3D skull chocolates on the counter.
Tips and warnings
- If the 3D mould has a hole in the top of each candy compartment, place one side on top of the other and clip them closed before filling with chocolate. Pour the chocolate thorough the hole until the entire compartment is filled. Place the mould into the refrigerator for 15 minutes. These 3D moulds make solid chocolate skulls instead of hollow chocolate skulls.
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