What Is Modelling Chocolate?

Baking By Spectra Updated 19 Feb 2011 , 11:52pm by Kread

Spectra Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 2:03am
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So I saw a few people on here use modelling chocolate on their cookies as added designs and I think it is brilliant! I'd love to try it, but have no idea where to start, as in what is modelling chocolate and what do you use to 'model' the chocolate with?

Thanks for any tips!

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zespri Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 7:37am
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it's just chocolate compound a.k.a. 'candy melts' mixed with corn syrup. Well, those are the ingredients, of course there is a method to follow like all recipes!

You use it the same way you would fondant.

motherofgrace Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 8:09am
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I use real chocolate. and then the corn syrup. I use it to make roses around my cake pops

Spectra Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 1:36pm
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Ohh I see, so you could use it with molds, like fondant type molds to make things? I must find a recipe now! When you say real chocolate do you mean like dark chocolate squares?

Kread Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 2:40pm
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Motherofgrace-do you have a pic of your roses? What a cool idea!

Also, taste aside, are candy melts or real chocolate easier to work with for modeling chocolate? I tried using white Choc chips, and it was really greasy but crumbly. I need to try again, but I thought I'd see if one was easier than the other. Thanks!

winnieyoung103 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 3:01pm
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I've been modeling all my figures in modeling chocolate. Everyone likes the taste better than fondant.
16 oz. wht candy melts
1/2 c. light corn syrup
melt choc. in double boiler when melted remove from heat add corn syrup (I do heat my corn syrup in microwave 15 sec) stir until blended put in saran wrap and in sealed container. I found works best if I store in refrigerator over nite. Next day I knead it until smooth add gel colors to color. Sculpt away!! I love the stuff!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

jewels710 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 5:00pm
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Winnie: Your toppers/figures are wonderful! How do you get them sooo smooth, I don't see finger prints or anything. How do they not melt in your hands?

Marianna46 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 5:22pm
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No kidding, Winnie, you're a genius. I've been wanting to get into modeling chocolate and you've inspired me to try -- not that the things I do will look anything like your cool figures! You obviously have a raw talent that I don't, but I'm gung ho to try! In fact, I'm off to get some candy melts right now! Thanks so much!

lynn1968 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 5:47pm
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great question and answers. i've been curious about this stuff, too, and didn't realize it was stuff i could make.

winnieyoung103 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 6:00pm
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I pop my figures in and out of freezer for a few seconds to hold some shapes if they start to get alittle soft. I store my chocolate in refrigerator in an air tight container. It really stay pliable and doesn't melt like you would think. It's easier to smooth out finger prints in chocolate than fondant I think. The nice thing is everyone loves to eat all the figures because they taste good. Fondant just doesn't taste good.
I can make my figures ahead and I store in a airtight container in a cool place. I buy my chocolate at my local grocer in bulk 10 lb bags it's cheaper. I found wht choc. chips don't work they get crumbly.
Hope this helps.

bluebell2331 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 6:06pm
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cant wait to try this!!

zespri Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 6:26pm
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Just bear in mind when you are mixing the chocolate compound into the corn syrup to stir it until it's only just combined, don't keep going.

Kread, I have never tried them, but have heard that chocolate chips have something extra in them to make them hold their shape, so aren't to be used interchangably with the choc drops.

I think if you were using 'real' chocolate it would be a lot more complicated as you would have to temper it before use, it's a lot more delicate to work with. The chocolate compound (aka candy melts) do not contain real cocoa, so you can just melt them willy nilly.

motherofgrace Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 10:32pm
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they are not perfect! lol, I will post some pictures later icon_wink.gif

Kread Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:52pm
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Good to know about the chocolate chips! I'll try again with candy meltsicon_smile.gif

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