Learn to Make Hollow Chocolate Easter Bunnies
Easter is the perfect time of year to temper some chocolate and turn it into something beautiful and delicious. I recently made a batch of Hollow Chocolate Easter Bunnies with milk chocolate. They turned out so cute and the shell had the perfect thickness. You’re going to love making these…just be sure to save one for yourself!
The Melting Minutes Chocolate Academy series is a great place to start if you’re new to tempering chocolate. Your reward will be delicious homemade chocolate candy made by YOU!
The first time I made these I was amazed! Never in a million years did I think it was even possible to make these in my own kitchen. Hollow Chocolate Easter Bunnies were just something you bought at the store. Come to find out, they’re absolutely simple to do! The best part is you can use the quality of chocolate that you prefer and make them even more scrumptious than anything the seasonal aisle of the grocery store can offer.
You’ll need a few supplies to make these.
- Chocolate Bunny 3D molds
- Tiny flower mold (optional)
- Gel candy coloring (optional)
- Small clips (like Wonder Clips)
I added a small white chocolate flower to my bunnies. The mold I used was perfect for this because it looks like the little bunny is holding the flower. The center of the flower is colored pink.
As I mentioned, the centers of my flowers were colored in pink, while the petals were simply white chocolate (uncolored). To color chocolate, it is important to use gel based candy coloring, as opposed to water based. Why you ask? Because even the tiniest bit of water will seize chocolate. This is what I used:
To keep the 3D Bunny Mold together, you’ll need some sort of clips. I recommend Wonder Clips. They’re as wonderful as they sound! They’re easy to handle even when you’re knee deep in chocolate making, and most importantly, they’ll keep everything in place.
Making the Bunnies
Any time you work with molds, you’ll need to temper your chocolate. The choice is yours whether you go for dark, milk or white chocolate. This post explains the process involved in tempering chocolate if you need a reference.
Fill one of the mold halves about 3/4 full with tempered chocolate. Attach the other mold half with clips and begin shaking the chocolate around; ensuring the mold is evenly coated. Tap the mold to break any bubbles that have surfaced. Set the mold aside to allow the chocolate to harden. Flip the mold occasionally so you don’t end up with one side thicker than the other.
Making the Decorative Flower
If you want to add a beautiful touch to your bunnies, temper a small batch of white chocolate. Once tempered, set aside a little bit and add a drop of gel coloring. Place the colored white chocolate in a piping bag. Clip the very tip of the bag so you have a small hole and pipe a dot in the center of each flower in your mold. Once it has hardened up a bit (should only take a few moments), fill the mold with white chocolate and smooth over with an offset spatula.
So normally you’ll know chocolate is ready to come out of the mold when you see a foggy appearance on the mold. This means the mold is separating from the chocolate. My experience is that 3D molds take a bit longer to harden. Resist the urge to remove the mold at the first sign fogginess…give it another 30 minutes or so.
Glue the flower to the Bunny with a bit of tempered chocolate, candy melts or royal icing. It all depends on what you have on hand and what’s convenient for you.
If you want to package these as gifts, a 3×7 clear cello bag fits this bunny perfectly. Add a ribbon on top for some extra cuteness!
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