I've got some friends intrigued by these little beauties:
|I used an edible ink pen to add the black detailing.|
Making your own Easter Eggs:
- You need chocolate candy melts (available from craft stores/ Spotlight) or very high quality chocolate (such as you would buy from a speciality chocolate shop. If you use chocolate from the supermarket it is unlikely to result in glossy chocolate shapes, and gets that greyish 'bloom' that comes from old, poor quality chocolate. If you buy from the store melt blocks of eating chocolate rather than chocolate buttons.
- You need moulds to make shapes. If you are making these with children consider your shapes carefully: shallow moulds use less chocolate (these storm trooper heads probably use about 5 Tbsp of chocolate - quite a bit really. You also want shapes that are less likely to break (I made some cute Lego men shapes - but they are very delicate and break easily). I prefer the hard clear plastic moulds that I used growing up - I find the silicone ones a little tricky for removing the chocolates and because they are bendy they are more difficult to manoeuvre into the freezer. You also can't see if there are any air bubbles in the silicone moulds.
- You need a double boiler arrangement. Be incredibly careful doing this, heat the water on a medium heat then place a bowl with the chocolate inside. There must be no possibility of water splashing into the bowl - the smallest drop will turn your chocolate gritty and hard. Additionally, once it has melted you need to remove it from the boiler - if overheated it can go very gritty, or get the 'bloom' very easily once set.
- If you have children then letting them help will be messy. I made a couple of batches of eggs first, then let the children go for it. They tend to accidentally spill the chocolate while transferring to the moulds, then use their fingers to clean up the mess. Dried chocolate is painful to clean up - I used a pastry knife to chip it off the bench.
- After filling the moulds tap them gently a few times to remove air bubbles. If you have clear moulds you can check underneath to see if there are any visible air bubble.s
- Place the filled moulds in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set the chocolate. When the chocolate is ready it will come out of the mould very easily. Do not forget about it in the freezer - it will develop wet condensation which will effect the quality of the chocolate.
- You can buy egg moulds and can either make them hollow (swirl the chocolate around the mould and tip out the extra) or fill them. You can join them to another matching egg mould either while making them (I used to fill one side of the mould with chocolate, join to the matching side, clip pegs around the edges and then shake) or 'glue' them together with chocolate when both sides are made.
- You can buy flavourings and colouring for chocolate. Do not use normal food colouring in chocolate as it has the same effect as adding water to the chocolate - not good. Buy powder colouring. You can buy flavours and fillings - I scooped a dollop of salted caramel butter inside an egg I made - awesome!