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Create three-dimensional aquatic chocolate sculptures using slab chocolate.
- Several pounds of White, Milk, Dark Chocolate
- Three double boilers
- Three big spoons
- Three heating elements
- Paint Brushes
- Plastic Pipettes
- Cutting Mats
- Lots of Wax Paper and/or parchment paper
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic squirt bottles
- Chocolate Dye
- Many Plastic spoons
- Plastic cups
- An aluminum pan for ever person (8” by 8” square works well)
1.Use a pencil to trace outline of a fish drawing onto wax paper. Fish should be less than 4 inches in any direction. Place traced images with the traced-side-down on a cutting board.
2.Using a microwave or double boiler melt and temper chocolate. Can temper using seed method by melting chocolate and then adding several seed chips off heat. Spoon melted chocolate onto the parchment paper positioned on the cutting board, just covering the backside of the traced image.
3.Place a blank sheet of wax paper over the melted chocolate, making a sandwich. Spread out chocolate between wax paper using hands or roller. Gently pick up the cutting board and tap it on the work surface to release air bubbles from the chocolate.
4.Allow the chocolate to set up between the two sheets of wax paper by window if it is cold out or in refridgerator for approximately 10 minutes, until it is a "rubbery" consistency. After 10 minutes time, flip the parchment paper sandwich over to reveal the traced fish image. Place it back on the cutting board.
5.Use a clean, food-use only craft knife to cut around the fish outline. Make relief cuts around the perimeter of the outline so the chocolate surrounding the fish image can easily be lifted away.
6.Allow the chocolate to set up completely by window or in refridgerator, then remove the top layer of cut parchment paper. Use the hobby knife to stab the perimeter pieces, leaving a white chocolate fish on the cutting board. If a fin or tail should break off, use melted chocolate to "glue" the piece back onto the fish.
7.Embellish the fish with other colors of melted chocolate. Can make a disposable pastry bag. Create one from a wax paper sheet by rolling the sheet into a cone shape. Cut a fine tip in the end of the pastry bag to allow the milk chocolate to come through. Set aside. 8.Repeat steps 1 through 7 using other chocolate to create different color fish Repeat as often as desired with various sizes and shapes of fish
Making Coral Background and Seaweed
1.Melt milk and white chocolate in separate bowls.
2.Position a piece of bubble wrap on the cutting board, bubble-side up.
3.Spoon white chocolate onto the bubble wrap and spread it around. Spoon milk chocolate onto the bubble wrap and spread it around also, mingling the white and milk chocolate together in some spaces to create a striated coral piece.
4.Pick up bubble wrap and drape it over small common kitchen items to create a dimensional shape. Set chocolate near window to set up.
5.Once set, remove the bubble wrap to reveal a coral-like formation. Set aside.
6.To create seaweed, spoon a small dollop of milk chocolate onto a sheet of parchment paper. Use the new, small paint roller to spread the chocolate across the parchment paper. Pipe a seaweed shape onto the smear of chocolate and allow chocolate to set up. Set aside.
7.Make more seaweed pieces by piping chocolate in different shapes on to wax paper.
1.Fill bottom of aluminum pan with melted chocolate. Let chocolate cool to a thick consistency.
2.Insert background coral into the pan of chocolate. Hold coral in place until the pan chocolate can support it. To add extra support, pipe a thick layer of chocolate around the base of the coral piece. Pull seaweed pieces from the parchment paper and place in the pan of chocolate in the same manner as the coral.
Notes from IAP 2006
- Use the microwave to melt chocolate in addition to the burners and double boilers. The burners alone do not melt enough chocolate at one time to accomodate a large group.
- Try to find 2 assistants to help keep chocolate melting.
- Bring extra money so you can make change for people.
- Get a LOT of plastic cups to pour chocolate into...the cups can't really be reused.
- Either provide containers for people to take their creations home in, or ask them to bring containers in the advertisements for the event.
- Bring cleaning supplies with you to the room (ie to get chocolate off of desks).
- Check the electrical outlets in the classroom you're assigned to. We got assigned to a classroom in which the electrical outlets were not functional, and we didn't figure that out until 10 minutes into the session.
- You may want to consider limiting enrollment or having advance signups. We had to turn people away because we had no space left in the classroom. *If the event is being held over IAP, you may even want to consider holding more than one session.