Chocolate and Easter go together as much as Easter eggs and baskets. Why not combine the different elements and learn how to make your own chocolate Easter eggs? Ask your children to help you make the chocolate eggs and enjoy the time together.
Chocolate Easter eggs can be made with any type of chocolate. Using dark or milk chocolate may be the easiest. However, if you’d like to try your hand at making pastel eggs, choose white chocolate and add food coloring to create the shades you like. You can also add extra ingredients such as nuts, fruit pieces, or peanut butter to make your chocolate eggs taste even better.
Using higher quality chocolate will result in better tasting chocolate eggs; however, you can use any type you have. You’ll need the following:
* Whatever chocolate you want to use
* Double boiler or microwave oven in which to melt the chocolate
* Heatproof bowl
* Candy molds in the shape of eggs, or a deviled egg tray
* Rubber spatula to stir the chocolate
* Pastry bag or plastic bag with a hole in the corner for piping chocolate
* Any decorations or extras you want to include
Melt 12 ounces of chocolate over a double boiler (a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water). Turn the heat down so the water is simmering. Gently stir the chocolate with the spatula until it is completely melted. Or melt the chocolate in the microwave oven in a microwave-safe bowl.
The target temperature for the chocolate is about 110 degrees F (or 45 degrees C). When the chocolate is the correct temperature, remove it from the heat, dry the bottom of the bowl, and then add 4 more ounces of finely chopped chocolate and stir it vigorously until it is melted. This gives it a glossy, smooth appearance.
To mold the chocolate, the temperature of the chocolate should be about 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). Lightly coat the mold with oil so the chocolate releases when the chocolate is set. Don’t overfill the molds and allow them to become hard before removing them and putting the two halves together.
Pipe melted chocolate on one half and then place the other half on top. Place the whole eggs in the refrigerator to finish hardening and then pipe additional chocolate around the seams. Decorate the chocolate Easter eggs by piping white chocolate which has been tinted, or with sugar candy decorations.
Learning how to make your own chocolate Easter eggs is quite simple. It’s a matter of melting chocolate, pouring it into molds, joining them together, and decorating. Depending upon what type of chocolate you use, you may never go back to store-bought eggs again!