Chocolate has always been one of the favorite foods around the world. It is so common to see chocolate in desserts, pastries, candies and other confectioneries. There are even chocolate beverages and puddings. It has been a tradition to some countries around the world to give these sweets to people on different holidays around the world (such as valentines, Easter and Hanukah). So what is the best way to give chocolate to the people dear to you? Turn it to your own personalized work of art!
Edible works of art are as fascinating as any masterpiece these days. Intricate designs on edible art are, most often than not, made from scratch. Anyone can be an artist when it comes to this field. Here area few steps on how to make homemade chocolate clay – more commonly known as modeling chocolate, or candy clay. This can be used for designs on cakes, cupcakes, or stand-alone candies.
There are different ways to make modeling chocolate. Materials used may differ depending on the recipe. Regardless of which, it undergoes the same processes.
Common materials used for making chocolate clay:
- 14 ounces of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate
- One-third cup corn syrup
- Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
- Wax paper
- Baking sheet
- Steel bowl
- Wire whisk
- Molds (optional)
For this recipe, the following steps are to be done:
- First, boil tap water in a pot. Set your stove or burner to low heat. Make sure not to fill the pot with water. A third of the pot is enough.
- Place a steel kitchen bowl on top of pot. Make sure that the steel bowl is bigger than the diameter of pot you are going to use.
- Put the milk chocolate in the bowl.
- Wait until the chocolate liquefies.
- Once the right consistency is achieved, add 1/3 cup of corn syrup to the melted chocolate. Fold mixture using wire whisk until both the syrup and chocolate is incorporated. Remember not to over stir since this may make oil separate from the mixture.
- Use wax paper to line the baking sheet. This is to ensure that the mixture will not stick to the baking sheet itself.
- Pour the mixture on the baking sheet. Spread evenly so it will be easier for you to take it out of the baking sheet. Make sure that it is not too thin or thick to easily manipulate during the kneading process.
- Let the mixture cool down for at least five minutes. Cover baking sheet with plastic wrap for storage. Let it set overnight to get the right consistency of the clay. Ideally, it should be as soft as modeling clay.
- Start kneading once you have finished letting the mixture set. Add drops of water if needed during kneading process. Use molds if desired. This makes it easier for you to create a design.
There you go. You now have you own chocolate clay art. This is a possible gift for people close to you. And the best thing is after they are done admiring your work, they have the option to eat your art. Dual purpose isn’t it?