From fanciful birds to graceful flowers, chocolate is not only for eating but also for decorating desserts or adorning platters. Moulding chocolate creates intricate shapes for a variety of occasions in less time than it takes to hand carve a block of chocolate. Shoe moulds can be used to create an infant's slipper, a trainer or high heel to celebrate a baby shower, athletic accomplishment or fashion-forward birthday. Creating a shoe out of chocolate not only satisfies a sweet tooth but can be personalised with edible paint.
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Things you need
- Plastic 3-D shoe mould, 2 halves
- Bulldog clips
- Melted chocolate, in bowl
- Cotton chocolate gloves
- Sharp paring knife
- Edible paints
- Small paintbrush
Trim the outside of the shoe mould so that the flat surface is only 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick. Repeat on the other half. If it has not been done, cut out the top of the shoe where the foot would be inserted.
Place the two moulds together while lining up the edges to make a 3-D shoe mould. Hold the edges together using bulldog clips around all connecting edges.
Pour the melted chocolate into the mould. Distribute the chocolate by tilting the mould from side to side so it covers the entire inside of the shoe in a thin layer, about 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick. Pour the excess into the bowl.
Allow chocolate to harden. Pour and distribute the same amount into the mould for a second 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick layer.
Repeat the pouring and distributing of the chocolate until the desired thickness is reached, at least 6 mm (1/4 inch) for durability. Allow the chocolate to completely harden -- about 10 to 20 minutes at room temperature -- or place it in a cooler room to harden faster.
Put on the gloves. This will prevent smearing or fingerprints on the finished chocolate. Remove the paper clips from the mould. Slowly pull off one half of the mould from the shoe, followed by the other half.
Use the paring knife to cut away the seam of chocolate caused by seeping between the two halves. Paint the shoe if desired, or leave it plain.
Tips and warnings
- To melt the chocolate, place it in the top half of a double boiler. Set the stove on low heat and place the boiler on top. Stir continuously.
- Paint the shoe with the initials or favourite colours of a guest of honour to personalise an occasion.