Sunday, February 13, 2011

Easy Chocolate Candy Shapes

We had lots of pieces to our Valentine's Day projects - Chocolate Lollipops, Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes, and these little heart candy shapes to top our cupcakes to make them a little more festive.  This project is SO EASY and you can make lots of different edible shapes in a matter of minutes!  I chose to do very simple hearts, but the possibilities are endless.  You can easily make an dessert a little more festive without a lot of effort.
We used these chocolate hearts to top our cupcakes.

Age: 4+
Time: 20 minutes +
Mess/Cleanup: The chocolate can get a little messy, and the age of your child will increase the mess factor for sure.  It only took 5 minutes to clean up our table.
What You Need:
  • Candy Melts or chocolate chips (You can buy candy melts at Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, or any craft store in the cake decorating section.)
  • Food Coloring
  • Sprinkles.  The flavored sprinkles we used added an extra nice touch.
  • Wax Paper
  • Plastic Baggies or an empty squeeze bottle.  I used a squeeze bottle.

Why I Like This Craft:
Again, so easy and depending on what you create and can be very impressive. My mom and sister also thought the mini hearts were quite yummy.

You can obviously make lots of different shapes.  You could also put a pattern (e.g., coloring book pages) underneath the wax paper and trace the outline of the shape with the chocolate.  I can imagine creating some Hello Kitty candies for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.  They make perfect cupcake toppers and it only costs a few cents to make!  Just think ... Shamrocks, Christmas Trees, Easter Eggs, Spiders, Witch's Hat...easy shapes and you don't have to be an artist.

I was also thinking this might be a fun edible painting project.  Dye your chocolates a variety of colors and arm you kiddos with paint brushes or squeeze bottles and pieces of wax paper.  Once the chocolate cools, they have edible art.  I think I might make that into another post.  Maybe edible greeting cards?  How fun!

Step 1:
Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave at 30 second intervals.  Stir in between until smooth.

Step 2:
Transfer melting chocolate to a baggie or a bottle.  If using a baggie, snip off one corner.  For these, I used a bottle.  You have more control over the flow of the chocolate, but the cleanup is a bit more work.
I used a mustard bottle I bought at the Dollar Store.

Step 3: 
Make heart shapes on a piece of wax paper. Add some sprinkles.  This was my son's job during this project.

Step 4:
Once the chocolate is completely cooled it will peel easily off of the wax paper.  

-Rose  @-}---

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