How to make modeling chocolate figures

Written by brenda priddy
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Modelling chocolate is semi-flexible chocolate that is can be moulded into shapes of all sizes, including figures. Modelling chocolate is a tasty alternative to fondant or gum paste, which is inedible when hard. Modelling chocolate is not only easy to use, but it is also tasty to eat at any part of the candy-making process. Making a figure from modelling chocolate is not difficult, but can be time-consuming. Use your imagination and creativity to create all kinds of chocolate figures.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Double boiler
  • 397gr of chocolate
  • Whisk
  • 1/3 cup clear corn syrup
  • Waxed paper
  • Cling film
  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Toothpicks
  • Small shaping tool

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill the bottom of a double grill with water and heat until boiling. Place 397gr of chocolate in the top part of the boiler and stir until melted.

  2. 2

    Add 1/3 of a cup of corn syrup to the chocolate and stir until a ball forms in the middle. The chocolate will stiffen. Place the chocolate onto a large sheet of waxed paper.

  3. 3

    Allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature. Wrap the chocolate in more waxed paper and cling film. Cool the chocolate in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the chocolate the next day and allow it to warm to room temperature.

  4. 4

    Break off small pieces of chocolate with your fingers or a dull knife or spoon. Knead the chocolate between your hands until it become flexible.

  5. 5

    Make the body for the figure first. Depending on the size, the amount of chocolate will vary. This recipe will make a figure about 4 inches high. Roll enough chocolate to make a two-inch tube from the chocolate. Make the tube about two inches wide as well. Roll a one inch ball of chocolate and place it on top of the base chocolate for a head. Use a small amount of melted chocolate to glue the head to the body.

  6. 6

    Roll four "worms" from chocolate to make the arms and legs of the figure. Stick the arms and legs to the body with toothpicks. You can make the figure standing or sitting depending on where you place the legs.

  7. 7

    Glue on tiny chocolate ears and a nose with melted chocolate. Use the small shaping tool to create a mouth, eyes, hands, feet, body definition, chin, clothing and other details for the figure. Use additional colours of chocolate to decorate the figure, or use fondant to make clothing or coloured details.

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