Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Han Solo in Carbonite Chocolates!

Ok, so I'm going to take things down a slightly different creatively delicious path today. My friends and I threw a Star Wars party this past weekend just for the sake of throwing a fun and nerdy party. So to help set the mood we all brainstormed up fun Star Wars themed snacks we could make for the event. I thought Han Solo in Carbonite chocolate bars would be hilarious, and after doing a little research, realized they were totally possible! So Here's what I did to create these deliciously nerdy treats!

1. So I started out with some super sculpey, which can be purchased at almost any local craft store. I decided how big I wanted to make my chocolate bar and began sculpting. I made the rectangular base first, then added on clay that I then sculpted into his body, face, hands and legs. After a good 20-30 minutes in the oven, following the baking directions on the sculpey box, I had a solid little Han Solo to cast my chocolate mold from.

2. When I first thought of making the chocolate mold, my biggest concern was making it out of something that was safe for food. Steph and I stumbled upon this great site, MakeYourOwnMolds.com, that has all sorts of food grade mold making products. I chose to go with the Silicone Plastique® myself, since it seemed very user friendly, as well as having the option to only use what I needed, thus not wasting any of the product. So following the direction that came with the Silicone Plastique®, I covered my Sculpey Han Solo and allowed the Silicone Plastique® to set for over an hour. Once it had fully set I removed Sculpey Han and was excited to see a successful mold had been made! So I washed it and let it dry fully before moving on to the next step.

3. Now that I had a mold, it was time to start making the chocolates! I picked up some of the Wilton Candy Melts® in Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Since I only had one mold, I tried to be careful to not melt more chocolates then I needed, following the instructions on the bag. Once it was all melted, I gently spooned the chocolate into the mold, being careful to make sure it filled in all the crevasses, like the fingers, face and toes. Once the whole mold was filled I popped it into the freezer for a good 15-20 minutes. When the chocolate had fully solidified I gently removed it from the mild to reveal a successful Han Solo Chocolate bar!

4. For fun I also made a garnish of white chocolate stars using the Wilton Stars Candy Mold. I placed them along the bottom of the plate for the Han Solo Chocolates to sit on, thus creating an out of this world edible display.

Thank you Katon for the awesome Photograph of the Chocolates!

All in all I felt it was a huge success, and am excited to attempt more candy art in the future. Hopefully you enjoy this slightly delicious departure from my 2d art. Have a great day everyone!

If you're interested in making these yourself, here's a list of all the things you'll need:

* super sculpey
* Silicone Plastique®
* Wilton Candy Melts®
* A Stove or Microwave
* A Fridge/Freezer.
* A Baking sheet for baking the Sculpey
* Whatever tools you feel you'll need to sculpt with, sometimes a pencil and a toothpick will work fine!

If you are making multiple chocolates, be sure to keep them in the fridge until you're ready to serve them, that way you don't run the risk of them melting before anyone can enjoy their beauty! Good luck with your molds, I'd love to see how your projects turn out if you try this too!

Have a great day everyone!