Lo siento mi amigos para I didn’t make this all that adventuresome . . . and I’ll admit to further failings before we are through. Such as, I also don’t think the tutorial is better than say this, which I used as a guide to make my chocolate brains. BUT! I did promise a tutorial along with a slew of other articles and I figured I’d need to get at least one of them out lest I become known as a liar.
Even though liars have a place in the hearts of numerous great storytellers and perhaps even a place in my heart, I don’t want to be one. Lines at the bottom will tell you, “He doesn’t want to be thought of as a total lout.” You should probably trust bottom lines, seeing as they are known for their unwavering honesty.
Plus-Plus-Plusss I want an excuse to write about last month’s potluck. A good number of people showed up, more with food than dressed up as Zombies but despite my chagrin, the survivors didn’t get in any fights with the walking dead.
I needed to figure out how to dress like a zombie, how to make t-shirts (which was a waaay bigger hassle than the internet had led me to believe it would be, though now I’m pretty confident I’ve got it down to a kind of science, *crosses fingers*)
. . . and I super-duper wanted to figure out how to have edible brains at this shindig. So, there is all that. Hopefully better late than never.
Double Boiler (homemade version is a small pot floating in a big pot of water.)
Amazing Mold Putty
1st Start the water boiling, once it’s a-boil you can drop the small bowl into it and then add the chocolate chips. They will need to be stirred occasionally. You may need to add liquid to get a proper consistancy. It took me a couple of trial-and-error attempts to get the chocolate flowing just right. (If it’s boiling away during step 2-4 you can set it to a high simmer.)
2nd Sculpt the Sculpey with your hands and the tools at your disposal, I used a knife. You will not need a lot, a small 3-4 length brick will do.
Throw the finished sculpture in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 min-to-a couple hours, depending on thickness. It will brown if it’s burning. This doesn’t hurt the consistency, but is an indicator you’re done. It will be a little plyable until it’s cool. I cooked it inside a glass pan.
3rd Once the sculpture you want to mold around has cooled, you’ll take equal parts yellow and white amazing mold putty, mix them together for 3 minutes until it’s even and without air bubbles. (This never came up for me as a problem.) At about 5-6 minutes the mold starts to settle so you have a small window of time for the next step.
4th You will take the mold and push it around the sculpture, effectively creating a cast. It takes about 20 minutes for the mold to harden. (You may want to wait till this section to start boiling the chocolate.) Make sure to leave the cast open at the bottom so you can pop it out. If you don’t do this you can cut the cast open, but that makes it much less likely to be used for future molds.
Once the mold has hardened you can pour your liquid chocolate into the cast and set it in the fridge to harden. Depending on the depth you’ll have to wait minutes-to-an hour or so. Once it’s hardened it will hold it’s shape just like a Hershey’s kiss or any other molded chocolate bar.
5th Pop it out of the mold and it’s ready to be displayed and eaten.