Rainbow Chocolate Bunnies – How to Mold Candy Melts
Oh. My. Goodness. Guys. Do you have any clue how amazingly stoked I am about this post? ‘Cause I am TOTALLY. STOKED. Why?
Rainbow Chocolate Bunnies, Y’all
Oh, BOOM, now! Isn’t this just too much fun!?! I came up with this idea for a few reasons…
- Rainbows are awesome.
- Who doesn’t want 7 chocolate rabbits?
- Making things to be perfectly matchy/matchy (like with your Easter baskets) is totally my jam.
- I found the CUTEST 3D bunny candy mold on Amazon and I wanted a reason to buy it.
- Did I mention rainbows are awesome?
Okay, now these guys are not technically chocolate. Instead they are made with colorful Wilton Candy Melts. I went with the Wilton because chocolate is brown and not colorful at all. And it doesn’t hurt that Wilton Candy Melts are easy to work with and pretty darn tasty (like vanilla). But I’m calling these guys chocolate bunnies because the idea is pretty much the same whether you go with chocolate or colorful “chocolate” candy wafers. Don’t shoot me, m’kay?
What we’ve got here is a super easy project that anybody can do, with or without chocolate molding experience. Seriously, guys, even if you burn toast you can still do this. Pinkie promise. Let’s get it!
For this project you will need:
- Wilton Candy Melts in choice of color
- Vegetable shortening (like Crisco)
- 3D Chocolate Bunny Mold
- Microwave safe bowl
- Clips (I used binder clips from my office)
So I’m using this bunny mold here and it is a 7.3 ounce capacity mold and you can use it to make hollow or solid chocolate bunnies. (you’ll need to cut the mold out of the plastic to have 2 separate pieces, FYI) One bag of Wilton Candy Melts is 12 ounces. To start pour approximately half of the candy melts from a bag into a microwave safe bowl. I prefer to use my Pyrex measuring cup.
Place your bowl or cup into the microwave and begin melting down the candy in intervals. 30 seconds tends to be good but the microwave Mr. Rob and I have is old and weak so I keep mine in for a minute to compensate. This is something you might need to play around with just a bit. Melt until the candy is mostly melted, and just a few bits/small chunks are in the mixture. Stir that business like crazy to finish melting those bits. We do this so we don’t accidentally burn the candy trying to melt it completely.
As the candy melts down you might find that it’s too thick, difficult to stir. This will not work well for molding so we have to fix it. To do that add about a teaspoon of vegetable shortening, like Crisco, to the mix and stir well. It is important to add only a small amount of Crisco to the candy to prevent from thinning it too much. If too thin it won’t properly set or could easily break. And drippy, broken bunnies are sad bunnies.
Now if you don’t have Crisco and your chocolate is thick getting it to fill all of the nooks and crannies in the mold is difficult.
Also, notice how I put the mold in a bowl to help it lay flat? This is super helpful if your mold keeps trying to run away from you.
To help get that business in there and pop any bubbles that will appear as holes in the chocolate once set, a basting brush rocks the city blocks. Spoon your chocolate into the mold and then use the brush to smearing it into the mold and along the sides.
Now if you do have vegetable shortening and you can get your candy smoother, runnier, you can spoon it into the mold and then tap, tap, tap, the mold around on a flat surface to cover every little bit of the mold easily.
Whichever method you use you’ll need to repeat it for both sides of your mold.
Once both molds are filled quickly turn one over and smack that business together. See how you can kind of see the round shape on the left side of the molds? There is one top and bottom and they are going to help you place the molds together well. When you don’t get them together well you’re going to get seams and I got some, especially when trying to work really quickly. In the end I decided the seams were not a big deal but the better you do this the smoother the sides of your set bunnies will be.
Take your bunny, both pieces together, held nice and tight, shake that business all around to really seal the 2 pieces together.
Clamp the mold together, taking care to match up the 2 pieces as well as possible. Place face down in the freezer for 5 minutes. Turn the mold over and freeze another 5 minutes.
You’ll know when the chocolate has ready to move on because the mold will appear frosty. This is where the chocolate has separated from the mold meaning it is set and will easily pop out.
Now you might be worried about the business that seeped out around the bunny in the mold, but it’s no big deal because it breaks right away, if it even bothers to stick at all. This is my teal bunny with the top of the mold removed.
Since this has been in the freezer, carefully remove the rabbit from the mold because if handled harshly, or dropped, your guy might shatter. Allow to warm up to room temperature and seal in zipper bag or cellophane packaging you can get from the craft baking aisle.
Out of all of mine my green bunny is the wonkiest because I filmed while standing at a weird angle while making it BUT it’s still pretty okay.
Now what I made were hollow bunnies but you can also make them solid. To do that just fill each side of the mold and place in the freezer separately until mostly set. Put a slightly heaping amount of melted chocolate on one side of the mold and place the 2 pieces together to seal into one 3D chocolate piece.
Oh, oh, oh! Aren’t these guys just too preciously cute? Rainbow chocolate rabbits for the win, ammIright?
And just because I had such a hard time choosing my fave pics, here are a ton of them :)
So happy! So precious! And so stinkin’ easy. Can you even believe it? Don’t you just love all of this rainbow 3D rabbit chocolate awesomeness? Now I just have to convince myself to actually eat them. They’re almost TOO cute to eat! Almost.
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