Some small solid half bunnies with small carrots and large hollow bunnies with large carrots. This was actually my first attempt at the hollow bunnies so I'm not going to get into the hollow method in depth, I'm just not good enough at it yet to tell you how to do it, but I will tell you all about the solid chocolates and how to add colors!
I'm posting this today to give you plenty of time to try it out before Easter. Put it on your list of things to do this weekend!
What you need-
- Melting chocolates (you can use chips if your not doing colors) I will show a picture of the package in case this is completely new to you. You can buy them at Michaels, Joanne's, Wal-Mart or your local baking supply store.
- Chocolate molds (again, at any of those retailers) really inexpensive.
- Kid's watercolor paintbrushes (new)
- Electric skillet (you can use a double broiler on the stove, but this is so much easier!)
- Small bowls, preferably glass. One for each of your colors
- Bulldog clips (optional, depending on your mold)
Since I already had my supplies, all I had to purchase for this was the chocolate. Which means all the chocolates you see in this post were made for less than $3!!! I had different colored chips for each color I needed but if your purchasing all your things for the project grab a bag of white and some food coloring, you won't need much of each color so a package of white will allow you to create all the colors you need. That said.... please do not try to ad food coloring to colored chips. It does not work well. You will see in my pic I didn't have orange on hand so I combined yellow and red chips. You can combine colored chips for new colors, but food coloring in colored chips for what ever reason doesn't work well.
Add a shallow pool of water to your electric skillet. Place your chocolates in their dishes into the pool of water. DO NOT allow ANY water to get into your chocolate bowls. Even the smallest drop of water will ruin your chocolate and it will be JUNK!!!! Seriously, I can not stress this enough. If you notice your chocolate has become grainy, or appears burnt, you have likely gotten water in it and it will no longer work for this project. You also need to be careful that your water does not boil, it will burn your chocolate. If you notice your water start to simmer, turn it down just a tad. Small simmer bubbles are okay, boiling is to hot. I had my skillet set between 175 and 200 degrees.
Allow all your chocolate to melt stirring as you go until it's all smooth and ready to go.
You may notice there is sweat on the outside of the bowl, that's fine as long as it doesn't get IN the bowl.
Now for the fun part! For colored chocolates I prefer for the color to only be on the front and for the body of the candy to be brown chocolate. The different colors don't taste any different so this is just personal preference. You may not mind a solid orange carrot and by all means, go ahead and use all orange. But if your like me.... use your new watercolor paintbrush to brush a thin layer of color into your mold. You can do multiple colors at once, just make sure you don't layer until the first coat has had time to cool and harden.
So this was my thin layer of orange and green. Put in the refrigerator to set (this just speeds everything up so you can get your mold back for another batch. Once this has set you can add your brown chocolate.
Back in the fridge to set. They need to set until they pop out easily. When they are ready they will practically fall out of the mold, so don't try and force them out before their ready. You can get an idea if they are ready when the shine on the face of the mold looks dull. Gently flex the mold for the chocolates to drop out.
If your chocolate is a solid color you can fill the mold all the way from the beginning. If your mold sits uneven, like my bunny, use some bulldog clips to steady it until it sets.
To create the hollow bunny (again, this was my first hollow chocolate attempt so I will just share what worked for me, feel free to google more experienced advice). You will need a mold with two sides. It will have indents used to snap it together, I added bulldog clips as well just because mine didn't feel that secure on it's own.
Fill half of your mold full with chocolate (you can paint your other colors on first if you have any). Put a thin layer of chocolate in the other half of the mold making sure all the details are covered. Snap the molds together and turn, roll, spin the whole thing so that the full half distributes into the whole mold sealing the two together. I moved it all around until I thought it had gotten to cool to run then put it in the fridge to set fully. Once it's all done and falls out of the mold you will need to clean up the seams. I find a grapefruit spoon does a great job of taking off the excess without accidentally digging into the chocolate.
You can use the grapefruit spoon to clean up the edges of your solid chocolates as well if you need to. My one package of chocolates with the little bit of colored chips I had on hand were enough to make two paper towels full of goodies (to give you an idea)
Can you think of a better way to fill an easter basket for less than $5? I picked up the cute cupcake papers to make the mini baskets to give to friends. A bit of shredded paper (brown paper lunch bag sent through the office shredder!) at the bottom makes for a pretty package. I will put them in either a small white box or a cello bag. You can freeze your chocolates for up to a year in a tupperware with parchment paper.
Now get hoppin! :) Couldn't resist.
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