Molding Chocolate Sculpture Tips

Molding chocolate sculpture is a fun medium to work in (and tastes great too). Here are some tips to help you get started with molding chocolate sculpture.

If you're just starting out you may want to practice making simpler sculptures using chocolate molds. These can be found at arts and crafts stores, supermarkets and other food specialty stores. You could start with the most basic of chocolate sculpture; a piece of candy. To do this, just melt semi-sweet chocolate and pour it into the mold. Refrigerate until the candy is hard. Many stores will sell chocolate especially for this purpose and it can come in a variety of flavors and colors. If you want to be creative with your coloring and can't find exactly what you're looking for, add food coloring to white chocolate.

Once you're comfortable with making candy you're ready to try some more advanced chocolate sculpture. Using a double-boiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate. Place it on a piece of parchment paper and using a spatula, flatten it. You have two options now. You can either let the chocolate dry as is, then cut it into pieces and use melted semi-sweet chocolate to hold them together. Though this works well for simple shapes, it doesn't give you a whole lot of freedom. Your other option is to place another piece of parchment paper over the melted chocolate. This piece of paper should have the drawing of what you want to create on it. Smooth the paper out so there aren't any bubbles. Once it's dry you can cut around your drawing and use colored chocolate, sprinkles, coconut and nuts to decorate your creation.

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