So, for Easter one year I decided to make an Easter Basket for my Mama and Daddy that was totally edible…and I did! Pictures a little fuzzy but you get the idea!
The basket was made with toasted coconut and while chocolate. I filled the basket with different chocolates I created. I even found some edible “grass”. I didn’t make the grass and it wasn’t the best tasting stuff but it kept me on track making this completely edible.
To make the “basket” I took a bowl and turned it upside down and covered with clear wrap. Next I just toasted some coconut and mixed it into some melted white chocolate. Starting from the bottom just keep patting more and more of your chocolate mix to cover the bowl then let that set up. Putting it in the freezer not only helps it set faster but helps “shrink” the chocolate and makes it easier to release from the bowl. To make the handle I took a piece of plain white paper and drew a half circle to get the shape I wanted and to make sure it was going to match up to the outer edges of the bowl. I put that drawing under a piece of wax paper then took more of my chocolate/coconut mix and form the handle using the drawing as my guide. Then let that set up. One that hardened I took my handle and turned it over. Then taking more of the chocolate mix I started to add the chocolate to the handle (the side that was on the wax paper) to make the handle more rounded. Once both the bowl and the handles were set I took more chocolate/coconut mix and began to “glue” the handle on. This takes a little time to stand there waiting for it to set. Sometimes a toothpick can be inserted on each end of the handle then into the bowl to give it more stability. If you do this BE SURE to inform the recipient of this gift about those tooth picks so they don’t choke or stab their mouth.
Now that the basket is complete take some green melted chocolate (I use a Ziplock bag with the tip cut off) and began adding decorations. This also helps hide rough edges and little mistakes. Now your basket is ready to fill!!
I decided to make some cookie dough candy and shape them like little chicks. You can use any firm candy to make these. I made a shape like a little chick then put in the fridge for about 15 minutes while I was getting my chocolates ready. I took some yellow chocolate melts and microwaved in a bowl for 1 minutes, stirred, then microwaved for another 30 seconds. I stirred till there were no solid pieces. I dipped my chicks in the chocolate, lightly tapped the side of the bowl (making sure the chick didn’t fall back into the chocolate) then places on some wax paper to set. I took some more melted chocolate and made the wing shapes on each side. Then I took some black and some orange chocolate and melting the same way but in a ziplock bag and added the beak and eyes.
I also made several other shapes like small eggs and lambs. I dipped those in melted chocolate and used more melted chocolate to decorate.
Now for the truffles. I have a muffin tin that has 6 egg shapes. I coated the inside of the tins with melted chocolate and let set. Then I added different truffles mixtures to each egg and covered again with more melted chocolate and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes to set and make it easier to pop out the egg from the pan. If you don’t have a pan just make your shapes by hand, stick in the fridge to harder a little then dipped in melted chocolate and place on wax paper to set. This is where I have the most fun. It can be a big pain in the…back…but it can also be the most fun. It’s like making a craft you can eat!! Put your melting chocolate into a Ziplock bag and microwave for an minute. Knead the bag and microwave another 30 seconds. Knead the bag to make sure there are no solid pieces. Take your scissors and snips off one of the bottom corners and use as a pastry bag. Just make sure if you are adding sprinkles not to let you chocolate harden.
Once you have all your goodies together then wrap it up and tie on a bow. You can get those clear bags from most crafts store for about a $1. They come in many different sizes. I think this one was a medium size. Just make sure you have enough room to get your design in there!!