The Wait is over... the edible Easter basket tutorial is here! I know this looks hard (I was actually a little afraid of this creation. It could either turn out fabulous or be a complete disaster.) I am happy to report it turned out fabulous and is not near as hard as it looks!
peeps! chicks or bunnies (I love these)
candy eggs (I used speckled jelly beans & chocolate filled eggs)
First you have to melt the chocolate. This is the hardest part of the whole process. There are 2 ways to melt your chocolate the MICROWAVE vs OVEN.
Microwave: 1. Place your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on half power for 30 second intervals stirring in between until chocolate is almost melted. (It usually take 3 to 4 intervals) On the last one when it is almost completely melted, give it a really good stir and you can stir out the slight little chunks of chocolate without over heating it.
Oven: My Mom has been making homemade chocolates for years and she swears by this method. What is nice about this method is you can have the chocolate heating while you get everything ready.
1. Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature it goes. It is usually around 150-170 ish. Place your chocolate in a oven safe bowl. After about 3-5 minutes check on your chocolate. If the bowl is too hot to touch, turn off your oven and take out your chocolate and stir. The chocolate should be smooth and melted and ready to go. (If not put it back in the oven that is off with the door closed and it will continue heating the chocolate.)
Tip: To to have your chocolate keep that shinny sheen look to it, the chocolate needs to be melted slow.
2. While your chocolate is melting blow up mini balloons and coat the bottom half of the balloons with shortening. (this will help the chocolate not stick to the chocolate) Get a cookie sheet or plate with parchment/wax paper on the it.
4. With the balloon in your left hand. Place a small circle of chocolate on the plate/cookie sheet with your right hand.
5. Place the balloon on top of the chocolate disk.
6. Place in the freezer to set faster.
7. When the chocolate is set, pop the balloon with pin and take out the balloon remains.
8. Fill with jelly beans, chocolate eggs and other candy. Top with a bunny or chick peep.
You can package them in boxes, cellophane bags or on top of individual platters at each place setting. Make sure to make these for your Easter dessert table and use with our Easter Printable available here.