Making Chocolate Molded Bunnies
by Lola Meens
My Chocolate Molded Bunny
I am making chocolate Easter bunnies and when I remove them from from the molds they are not completely shiny. They have some cloudy spots on them.
I am using non-tempered chocolate. The mold is about 5" tall and I am making solid chocolate bunnies.
After I pour the chocolate into the mold, I let it come to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes. Do you know what is causing the splotchy finish?
P.S. You can see the cloudiness around the leg on the picture I've included.
I'm so sorry it took me so long to get back to you. My husband and I were out of town for a week and I'm just catching back up on everything. Amazing how quickly correspondence can pile up! :)
I must say, apart from that little bit of cloudiness, your chocolate Easter bunnies look great! Don't give up!
What you are seeing is referred to as chocolate bloom. It's caused by the separation of the fat (usually cocoa butter) in the chocolate.
This tends to happen because of the change in the temperature. I'm guessing in your case that it is from when you've popped your molds into the fridge.
Although refrigerating your molds for a little bit can make it easier to pop the molded chocolate out, it can also create chocolate bloom. Try not leaving them in as long.
The other thing that cause this problem is if you got the temperature too high when melting the chocolate. Even though you are not tempering your chocolate, you still want to be very careful that you don't overheat it.
Chocolate that gets too hot can also result in discoloration (among other things).
I hope you were able to solve your problem and continue to create gorgeous homemade chocolate candy for Easter. Send me some more photos (of your successes) and I'll add them to this page!
Angie from Chocolate Candy Mall