Decorating chocolates can seem a little daunting but we’ve got four decorating tips to make your chocolate treats look seriously professional.
Take out your chocolate making kit ingredients and get ready for a fun evening with family and friends. With a bit of luck, once decorated, you should be able to fool anyone into believing that your handmade chocolates could have been bought from the very finest Parisian shops.
To make decadent toppings for your chocolates, you can create chocolate patterns. Using piping bags, you’re pretty much learning how to write in chocolate.
Hold the piping bag above the nozzle and pull the rest of the bag over your hand. Spoon melted and tempered chocolate (see our next tip!) into the bag. Carefully squeeze the chocolate towards the nozzle to remove any air.
Next, twist the remaining fabric at the top of the bag and cut a tiny hole at the end. Start piping by squeezing with one hand and using your other hand to support the nozzle-end of the bag. Pipe your designs on to a sheet of baking paper and leave them to set for at least 30 minutes.
How to Temper Chocolate
Correctly melted and tempered chocolate means your handmade chocolates will have a lovely shine to them.
All you need is a bowl, pan and a rubber spatula.
- Half fill a saucepan with hot water and place your bowl over the saucepan. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not rest in the water.
- Place two thirds of your chocolate in the bowl and keep one-third set aside.
- Heat the water until simmering (do not boil).
- Stir the chocolate continuously until it has melted
- Remove the chocolate from the heat
- Stir in the remaining solid chocolate and keep stirring until it has all melted.
Making Chocolate Shavings or Curls
Chocolate shavings and curls are a great way to make your chocolates look extra special.
After melting and tempering your chocolate buttons, add two tablespoons of chocolate to a sheet of baking paper. Use the base of the spoon to spread the chocolate out and create a giant chocolate button or slab. Leave the slab to set.
One set, use a knife to shave the top layers of the chocolate. To keep the chocolate curl shape, use a toothpick to transfer the curl to your chocolates.
Applying Chocolate Transfer Sheets
Edible chocolate transfers allow you to add flair to your desserts and are actually very easy to use.
Once you have dipped your filling (in our chocolate party kits, you make truffles and fudge) into melted chocolate, cut a shape from a transfer sheet and carefully place it on your chocolate. Tap the transfer lightly.
Once the chocolate has set, slowly peel away the transfer and the pattern will be left on your chocolate treats.