Originally uploaded by hereandthere123.
This is the turtle mold. It's about 3.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide at the widest part. A sizeable chocolate to say the least.
It's a time-consuming process, but well worth it when it's done. Although it looks like bright green, it's not as bright in real life. Mixing the green with the milk chocolate gives a much more realistic color to the shell.
I make these hefty chocolates every year, but only during winter. The top slab of white chocolate (really white, not the ivory stuff) is flavored with peppermint oil. The dark chocolate below is filled with a peppermint buttercream filling.
Just a note on buttercream: I make a real buttercream. There's been quite a bit of discussion lately about "real" versus fake buttercream. Mine contains real butter, not shortening or anything scary. Just the good stuff.
I wrap these in a colored foil so as not to mint up the whole box. They measure 2 inches in diameter. A definite two-biter, more if you're dainty.
This is my first time using flickr as my photo posting device. Blogger's been so klugy lately that I thought it was time to try something different.
I made a boatload of these cinnamon fudge jewels last week. First, I flavor red-colored white chocolate with organic oil of cinnamon. Then, I paint the mold with the cinnamon chocolate and set it in the fridge. Next, I add the fudge filling to the mold and top it off with more cinnamon chocolate and finish it in the fridge. Here's how it looks right out of the mold.
There are three shapes, this square, a diamond, and an oblong jewel. They're all pretty spiffy and look pretty in their matching ruby red foil wrappers. More soon!