Two Amazingly Easy Ways to Decorate Chocolate Candy
Do you want to give your chocolates a little pizzazz, but feel limited when you use chocolate molds? Molded chocolates don’t have to be defined by shape alone…you can decorate chocolate by adding color or even another element. I’m going to show you two amazingly easy ways to step up the look of your molded chocolates. They’re fun to do, fun to look at and even more fun to eat!
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 technique I’ll show you is the splatter technique. Your chocolates will turn into unique masterpieces and no one will believe you created them from your own home! This method is fun because you can channel your inner artist and layer on as many colors as you would like. The following picture shows an example of mine in light blue, aqua and red. Wouldn’t these be beautiful in red and green at Christmas time?
The supplies needed are fairly basic:
- Colored Cocoa Butter
- Plate or Plastic Palette
- Cocoa Butter (optional)
- Cotton balls
You can use a paintbrush of any size to customize the appearance. I find that I get the most consistent (and quickest) results using something in the ballpark of a 1 1/2 inch brush. This approximate size allows me to move fast enough to complete a mold without having to reheat the colored cocoa butter. A brush that’s much bigger might soak up more colored cocoa butter than you need. Small art brushes create a unique effect and are great if you’re trying to be precise or if you want a different splatter pattern.
The paintbrushes I use are ones that can be found in any art supply or hardware store. It always cracks me up that some of the handiest chocolate making tools are ones that would also be useful in home improvement. Putty knives, heat guns, wire…you name it! Next time you roam the aisles at your hardware store, think chocolate and see what you come home with!
Colored Cocoa Butter
Colored Cocoa Butter can be bought online and comes in a wide range of colors. I recommend Chef Rubber’s Jewel Collection line. The colors are vibrant with an almost metallic appearance. They’re beautiful! I’ve always gotten consistent results with this brand and they have fair prices. (I’m not sponsored by them, I just love their products!)
You’ll also need a washable nonporous palette. You know what I use? An ordinary plate. I’m fancy like that. Once you melt the colored cocoa butter, you’ll need something to pour it on so you can easily dip your paintbrush. It washes easily with warm water.
Cocoa Butter and Cotton Balls
To get an even shinier showroom finish when I decorate chocolate, I sometimes pretreat the mold with cocoa butter. I mentioned earlier that this step is optional, but if you want to invest in cocoa butter, the results are worth it.
Cocoa butter can be bought online and at many health food stores. Just makes sure it’s edible cocoa butter. It comes in solid chunks that can be broken into even smaller pieces.
The process is simple, start by cleaning your mold with a couple of cotton balls. Then melt a tiny bit of cocoa butter in the microwave just until it liquefies, dip a cotton ball in it, and lightly “grease” your mold. You want to use as little as possible and watch for any pooling.
Time to Splatter the Molds!
Melt your colored cocoa butter per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important so you don’t throw it out of temper.
Then dip your brush in the melted colored cocoa butter and tap the brush over the mold. You will see flecks and splatters of color start to cover the cavities of the molds. When you’re done adding color, use a bench scraper to clean the flat surface of the mold.
I recommend starting with the lightest color first and ending with the darkest color. Here’s what mine looked like…
Now that the molds are decorated, just add tempered chocolate for the candy shell as you normally do. If you need help with this step, this post will guide you through the process of making filled chocolate candy from a mold.
Colored cocoa butter really adds a lot to the look of your chocolate candy! The results are beautiful!
Creating Decorative Chocolate Flowers
This technique is simple to do and will really make your chocolate candy sweet and special. You simply pour tempered chocolate into a chocolate mold with tiny flowers (or other design), then “glue” it on using tempered chocolate.
You’ll need the following supplies:
- Chocolate mold with tiny design
- Tempered chocolate
- Piping bag
Plastic molds are probably your best bet for this project. There is a much wider variety in this type of mold and they are inexpensive. Choose a size that will nicely accent the top of a finished piece of molded chocolate or truffle.
You can play around with different types of chocolate (e.g. dark chocolate with white chocolate) or you can color white chocolate using a non water based chocolate coloring.
Hint: Making these ahead of time is a great way to use up left over chocolate.
To “glue” the tiny molded flower on, fill a piping bag with a little bit of tempered chocolate. Place a dot of the tempered chocolate on the back of the flower and hold in place for a moment on your finished chocolate or truffle.
Aren’t the results sweet!!
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