Basic Chocolate Mold Painting Instructions
By Bob Sherman
This article shows the procedure for basic single layer chocolate mold painting. Mold painting is the most used technique for creating molded chocolates in two or more colors. The important thing to remember when painting chocolate molds is to work from foreground to background - this is the reverse of most types of painting which starts with the background and works towards the foreground and may take some getting used to if you are a painter.
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PLEASE NOTE!! - Although chocolate making is relatively safe for the entire family to participate, adult supervision is required.
I prefer to use chocolate wafers designed for home molding chocolate. My preferred brand is Merckens which works well with all chocolate molding projects and tastes great. Although illustrated with milk and white chocolate, any colors may be used.
Generally milk and dark chocolate will flow smoothly when melted. Colors (and sometimes white) are often thicker when melted and should be thinned with paramount crystals to make them flow better.
For a small project like this either melting method may be used.
Double Boiler - See Double Boiler Usage Instructions.
A microwave may also be used but care must be taken not to overheat the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 30 seconds.
- Remove and stir.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chocolate is creamy.
- Check to make sure the temperature is no higher than 160 degrees F. before pouring. Pouring chocolate molds hotter than this will destroy the mold. Do not place the thermometer in the microwave!
Chocolate Making Supplies And Materials
The following chocolate making supplies and other materials were used to make this project. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.
- Gift Box Chocolate Mold - One needed
- Paintbrush - One needed.
- Chocolate - Your choice of colors.
- Paramount Crystals - For thinning chocolate.
- Thermometer - One
- Double Boiler - For melting chocolate. A microwave may also be used.
Step By Step Instructions
No modification to the mold is needed.
Melt a couple white chocolate wafers. Using a paintbrush, a thin layer is applied. At this stage we just need to be careful to avoid any air bubbles and to stay within the outline of what is being painted (a bow in this case).
Next, go over all the areas again using a dabbing motion with the brush to leave a thicker layer of chocolate. Note: a rough surface on the inside does not matter since it will be hidden.
After the painted areas have cooled, turn the mold over and inspect for trapped air bubbles.
Hold the mold up to a light. If you see any thin spots in the painted area touch them up and allow to cool before proceeding.
Fill the molds with a contrasting color. The depth of this mold greatly increases the chances of trapped air. This can be reduced by pouring the chocolate into one corner and allow it it to flow across, however several hard raps against the counter should also be done. It is very important that these be as level as possible for best appearance so I allow the surface to harden before moving the mold to the freezer.
The finished box. With a bit of patience, nice neat painting can be done by anyone.
NOTE: This mold also has some engagement rings on it - these are so small that they are difficult to fill and once done so fragile they break very easily. I do not recommend using the ring portion of this mold.
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Author: Bob Sherman
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