Customise a gift of chocolates for the bride and groom on their wedding day, a friend of the family or someone you love. When you have an idea of what type of mould you would like to create, use a food-safe mouldable wax to shape around the object to be replicated in chocolate. The edible gift can be combined with flowers and a card for Valentine's or Sweetest Day, in holiday stockings or baskets, or leave a plate of custom-made chocolates for the kids after school.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Food grade mould putty
- Chocolate discs in varying colours
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Paint brush
- Squeeze bottle
Follow the directions on the food-grade moulding putty container to make the putty. Knead the mixture until smooth and pliable. Rip off a piece of the combined putty and press over an object to be replicated in chocolate. As an example, if you would like to make a train-shaped chocolate, press the putty over one side of a clean toy train.
Leave the item in the mould for one hour to fully cure. Peel the flexible mould from the replicated item and clean the item, if necessary.
Place approximately 20 discs of coloured chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on medium power for one minute. Remove from the microwave and stir even though it will not be melted. Repeat the heating and stirring process in 15-second intervals on 50 per cent power until fully melted. Repeat the entire process with other colours.
Paint the coloured chocolate onto the moulds in the preferred areas. Using the train example, if the train's face is white, paint it first followed by other background colours before filling in the mould. Fill the squeeze bottle with the colour of chocolate used for the remaining mould and squeeze it over the painted chocolate decorations.
Tap the mould onto the counter carefully, ensuring it does not spill or tip over, to remove all air bubbles and allow the chocolate to set evenly. Insert the mould and chocolate into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until completely firm.
Turn the mould over onto the table and gently tap the chocolate out. Cut off any edges with a sharp knife and store in a cool, dry place.
Tips and warnings
- Pre-made chocolate moulds may be purchased in varying themes if creating your own is not preferable. When using more than two varying colours of chocolate, it is preferable to allow each layer to set before brushing on the following colours.
- Read the label and ensure that the moulding putty used is food safe.
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