In the photo above, you see a parliament of chocolate owls. Here is the story of how they came to be.
A few weeks ago I was shopping around on Amazon when I came across what I thought was an adorable cupcake mold shaped like owls. It was a fabulous price and since I had quite a bit of money on my Amazon gift card because of Ibotta, I went ahead and orderedthe mold. I can't find the exact ad on Amazon with the picture that made me think it was cupcake size. But, it came in the mail yesterday and it is actually tiny chocolate mold size.
It is still stinkin' cute and you know how we feel about owls here at 3 winks. So, I knew that I could do something with it. A long time ago, before I was really doing anything with my blog except writing it and my family was looking at it, I posted about making dipped chocolates. I decided that I could make that work for these little guys. In my old post, I used citrus flavors for Spring, for these guys, I chose to flavor them with a maple extract because it seemed appropriate for owls and for Fall if you follow my weird train of thought. I gave the recipe for the fondant filling back then, but I will try to do it for you as a printable today. First, I will give you the directions for filling the mold. I used Milk Chocolate Chips for this recipe. Click on the pictures for the directions.
Now it is time to make the fondant while the chocolate sits at room temperature. Click the button for the recipe.
Once the fondant is made, follow these directions:
Next, you fill the rest of the mold, covering the fondant with chocolate. You may want to use the tip of the knife again to shape it and to take out air bubbles. When the fondant is all covered, I pop it into the freezer for about half an hour to harden. Then, you just pop them out. Click on these pictures for tips.
I decided that these might work out well with our owl theme to sell at the Ugly Sweater Express. I used mini muffin cups to put them in and I stacked them in the little plastic bags that I wrap Hot Cocoa Bombs in and they fit just right in my littleowl boxes from Oriental Trading.
Of course, you can use this method with any shape of mold you may have. It is a simple process. I don't really know if it is any easier than just dipping the chocolates, but they are super cute and don't really need any decorating afterwards. But, you could decorate them! Let me know if you do it, I would love to see them.
I found it! I want you to notice the a mold below. See how it says cake mold? No wonder I was confused. I guess I could make some teeny tiny cakes.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!