Craft & Consumption

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chocolate Easter Eggs

My Mom and I found an old chocolate mold at the Renninger's Farmers Market last weekend (at this little shop which I am slowly falling in love with). The mold has 4 egg designs, each with a unique bunny/peep imprinted on the shell. I was worried the mold might leak and be a big mess, but it was sealed perfectly. We ended up with 2 dozen BEAUTIFUL chocolate eggs after an afternoon of candy making.

STEP 1 of our candy making adventure: Use the double boiler to melt "Wilbur Buds" melting chocolate, we picked some up earlier today from our local dry goods/health food store, Echo Hill. 

STEP 2: Pour melted chocolate into the hinged metal molds (no butter or PAM or oil required). We put the mold on a bed of ice so that the chocolate would begin to cool immediately, but this isn't necessary for successful eggs. It just helps to make sure the walls are coated a bit more evenly.

STEP 3: Add your choice of filling. We started off with milk chocolate eggs with crushed almonds and then moved on to dark chocolate eggs with marshmallow interiors. The marshmallow + dark chocolate were my favvvvv!!

*Note: If you don't have an apron on by this point, put one on!

STEP 4: Close the hinge carefully and shake a LOT! Shake in all directions to make sure chocolate is completely covering the interior wall of the mold. This is the step in which you hope and pray that your mold is sealed tightly. Chocolate all over oneself and one's house is a possibility at this stage, depending on what type of mold you have!

STEP 5: Place the entire mold in the freezer for 3-4 minutes. After the first 3 minutes, flip the mold over on the opposite side and keep in freezer for an additional 5 minutes.

STEP 6: After 8-10 minutes in the freezer unhinge your mold and carefully "rock" the chocolates out of their metal cases. (It's a good idea to use a napkin so that your finger prints don't damage the smooth exterior of the chocolate shape).

And wah-la! Delicious chocolate concoctions that are sure to delight every Easter guest. I can't wait to show these to Nana tomorrow!

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