Monday, March 4, 2013

How to make a chocolate Easter Bunny


Nothing says "it's Easter" quite like a chocolate bunny. These chocolate treats have been adorning Easter baskets for years and years and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Cute to look at and a treat to eat, chocolate bunnies are quite easy to make. The best part-you can make the bunny of your child's dreams when you make your own. If little Suzy doesn't like milk chocolate, you can make her one from white chocolate. If Johnny's favorite color is red, a red rabbit he can now have. The sky is the limit when you make your own chocolate bunnies. The best part is that making your own doesn't have to break the bank.
HOW TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE BUNNY
Supplies
  • Chocolate or chocolate candy coating of choice
  • Bunny mold
  • Microwave safe container
  • Spoon
Directions
If using real chocolate, follow these instructions for tempering before proceeding any further. If you are using candy coating, pour the wafers into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 seconds intervals until nearly melted. After each intervals, stir well before microwaving again. When nearly melted, remove and stir until smooth and creamy.
  • To make a solid bunny-This technique works best for smaller pieces.Place your mold on a flat surface and spoon into melted chocolate or coating, filling almost to the top of the mold. Tap mold gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Place the filled mold into the freezer and allow to set until candy feels cold and appears cloudy. The candy should fall out of the mold easily. If not, tap gently to loosen. Fill mold again and carefully place previously molded piece on top of the freshly poured mold. Return to freezer until set. Gently remove from mold. Package as desired and store in a cool, dry place until you are ready to share your bunny.
  • To make a solid bunny-This technique works best for larger pieces. If the 2 pieces of your mold are on the same sheet, carefully cut them apart and cut a hole at the base of the mold. Place the 2 molds together and clip tightly with binder clips. Fill the mold halfway through the cut hole with melted chocolate and rotate to coat both sides of the mold completely. Tap mold gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Fill remaining mold with melted chocolate, tap again and set upright in the freezer to harden completely before removing from mold. Remove the clips and gently take the mold apart. If there are rough edges along the finished piece, they can be shaved off with a sharp knife, razor blade or X-acto knife.
  • To make a hollow bunny-If the 2 pieces of your mold are on the same sheet, carefully cut them apart and cut a hole at the base of the mold. Place the 2 molds together and clip tightly with binder clips. Fill the mold halfway through the cut hole with melted chocolate and rotate to coat both sides of the mold completely. Tap mold gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles and rotate again. Set upright in the freezer to harden completely before removing from mold. Remove the clips and gently take the mold apart. If there are rough edges along the finished piece, they can be shaved off with a sharp knife, razor blade or X-acto knife.
Cook's Notes-If you wish to add color to your chocolate bunny, paint on the details and allow to set completely before pouring with the remaining chocolate. If you wish to flavor your chocolate, do so using oil based flavors only. Water based flavors will cause your chocolate to seize up and become unusable.

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