Painting with Chocolate?

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Painting with Chocolate! Impossible you say? I say you’re wrong and look, I can prove it…

In fact, I think I may have found my calling in life.

This process is pretty simple and doesn’t require any special tools. You SHOULD try this at home. If you do, please comment and link to a picture!

I got this technique from Eye Candy, and she gives more details on how to get a good image. So, make sure you check out her blog too.

Yes, that is made out of chocolate and peanut butter. I will give you a moment to “oooooh” and “aaaaaah.”

Isn’t it crazy? I don’t mean to sound so prideful, I was just really excited and proud to see how it turned out!

Anyway, on to how you can make your own edible masterpiece.

First, you need a picture. Word of advice Uncle Sam is not an easy choice. I have no idea why I chose the most difficult image I could find. This decoration was for Memorial Day and i didn’t want to a cliché image. I guess my idea was vintage-y? Anyway, I just Googled this image. The awesome thing about this technique is that you can do portraits! Jojo, from Eye Candy, did a beautiful portrait of Audrey Hepburn.

Once you’ve found an image, you need to make it black and white. Then you need to reverse it if you have any writing. I don’t know a good way to do that, except for with Paint…yes, like one the “accessories” on a PC. I may be ghetto, but it was effective. You don’t always have to reverse it, unless you have text. Again, Eye Candy, has a video tutorial or something on how to make you image easier to work with. Basically, your image will be easier if there are only three tones to work with. I just picked an image and ran with it. I’m not a big planner..I guess.

Any who, now you have your black and white (with maybe a grey tone) and reversed if needed image. Next, you need to lay some parchment or wax paper over the image. (I think parchment paper will work better. I only had wax paper at the time and I think it left some residue.) What I did, was tape the image to a cutting board and then tape the wax/parchment paper over the image. If both are taped on to the cutting board, you can move if you need.

The best part! Now you need the chocolate. You have choices here. You can use milk (or dark if you really wanted) chocolate and white chocolate. To get the mid-tone you would mix the white and milk chocolate. Or you can use chocolate and peanut butter. I used the chocolate and peanut butter because it went with the dessert I made. (Check back soon for that yummy recipe) Another option is to use white chocolate with food coloring. This give you the option to have a more complicated design with color. I don’t know how well this works but you are welcome to try it.

What kind of chocolate? Well, you can baking chocolate or you can do what I did. I just bought chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. I guess this also opens the door for butterscotch painting since you can buy butterscotch chips. I did the chips because I needed peanut butter. I really don’t think it matters too much. Melted chocolate is melted chocolate, no?

You will need some piping bags (you know the kind you decorate cakes with) or just some plastic baggies. And you will need a toothpick or a bamboo skewer. These will be your painting tools.

Now, it’s time to melt your chocolate. Try not to eat it! Melt the chocolate and then some how manage to finagle your liquid chocolate into a plastic baggie or pipping. Then cut off the tiny tiniest tip of your baggie. You should probably give it a test squeeze and see how the flow is. If you are comfortable with you choco-flow, start working!

All you do is trace your design! Seriously, it’s like paint-by-numbers with chocolate. See…Okay, so my image was a little more difficult than paint-by-numbers, but if you have an easy image, it’s like coloring with chocolate. You will need your toothpick for detail areas and scraping away misplaced chocolate. I would also keep a damp paper towel on hand. You can wipe of your toothpick and use it again instead of using a million toothpicks.

To make your mid-tone, all you have do is mix your light and dark color. Then fill in the parts that are that middle color.

A warning, the melted peanut butter chips create a thicker consistency and I ended up kind of sculpting the peanut butter. I used my toothpick a lot! The chocolate was easier though, so if you aren’t looking for a challenge, maybe stick with white chocolate.

Then, let those layers dry for a few minutes….now, take you lightest color and fill the whole thing in. Bye-bye, Uncle Sam!

Just let your artwork firm up and then you can turn it over and take off the paper.

Here is my finished product.The first picture (at the beginning of the blog) is before I peeled the wax paper off. I don’t know what caused the white discoloration. I have a few theories: I let it dry over night, in the refrigerator, and that might just be too long. I used wax paper instead of parchment paper. The peanut butter might just do that. Those are my theories and I’m leaning toward the first one.

Regardless, it still makes my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake look extra yum-tastic! And there you have it! Now you can be the Van Gogh of chocolate! Have fun!

-Sarah

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8 responses »

  1. Superb result! This technique works really well with vintage pictures. The white discoloration might be a result of overheating the chocolate in the melting process – you can google “chocolate tempering” and research some good methods. Hope to see more pictures from you in the future.
    Oh, and thanks for mentioning my blog.

  2. My girls love to bake and this seems like the perfect thing to get them to try out. Of course, we’ll start off with something very simple like a big flower or something.

  3. Thank you for reminding me of this! I think I found that post on foodgawker b/c I read it too and wanted to use it, then forgot. Your picture turned out really good! I love it. But wasn’t it hard to cut through? I thought I would use it on top of a cake but I imagine it would make the cake hard to cut.

    • Yes, the chocolate was hard to cut through. I think though, if you try to make the design thinner and let it get to room temperature, that you could cut through the design easier. We kept the cheesecake in the fridge and I just dealt with the pieces breaking.
      Don’t you just love and hate food gawker?! So many beautiful and yummy recipes, but sooo many calories!

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