Everyone loves chocolates that come in fun shapes. One example that everyone is familiar with is the chocolate Easter bunny. Even though everyone has seen plenty of these in the wild, few people have taken up chocolate molds to try to make their own novelty chocolates at home. The truth is that with a little time and effort, along with a few chocolate molds and molding chocolate, it is actually very easy to make your own molded chocolate at home using only a few simple steps.
The first thing that you are going to need to do to make molded chocolates is to get a chocolate mold. You are limited only by your imagination, as there are hundreds of different potential shapes and styles available.
The next thing that you are going to need is some molding chocolate. if you decide to choose regular chocolate instead, you will need to take a few extra steps and temper that chocolate so that it looks nice and sets up properly. So, if you are a beginner or working with children, it is best to do your first several batches with molding chocolate before moving on to something more complicated or buying a chocolate tempering machine to do it for you.
In order to prevent burning your chocolate, you will need to melt it very slowly over low heat. The go-to instrument of choice for melting chocolate for professionals is the double boiler, but if you are using molding chocolate, a microwave set to low is everything that you will need. Frequent stirring is important to ensure even melting.
Pour the molten chocolate into the mold of your choice, using a spoon or a squeeze bottle. Go slowly so you do not overflow the molds and make a mess everywhere.
Many people find the final step to be the hardest of all. You will absolutely need to allow the chocolate to cool completely before you try to remove it from the mold. This gives the chocolate the look and texture that we are looking for, and causes it to release easily from the chocolate mold.