Modeling Clay! That you can eat!
Somehow I don’t recall being that kid who played with her food (mom, no comments please), but it sure strikes me as fun as an adult. This recipe is right up there with sugar cookies, something you can play with and snack on as you go, except . . . yeah, it’s CHOCOLATE. The clay is a cinch to throw together–just make sure to do it several hours (preferably a day) ahead, and whatever you do, DON’T use chocolate chips. I would also tell you not to use that super-fancy-more-expensive-than-a-car-payment chocolate, but I’m hoping you already know not to do that. Plain old run of the mill block chocolate works best here, and make sure it is something you like to snack on!
Chocolate Modeling Clay (recipe from The Art of Chocolate by Elaine Gonzalez, a fabulous book)
- 10 ounces chocolate (dark, milk, or white), melted
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring often–or in a bowl in the microwave, no more than 30 seconds at a time, stirring often, until fully melted. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate (more than 100 degrees is bad!). If you are using milk or white chocolate, you may want to add a little bit more chocolate or use a little bit less corn syrup. Add the corn syrup and stir just until combined, when the mixture will come together into a soft and slightly sticky ball. Immediately scrape out onto plastic wrap and smooth into a disc about an inch thick. Cover well and let rest until firm.
Once the clay is firm, it’s time to play! Break off a golf ball sized piece and knead until it is smooth and pliable. Then, roll it out like cookie dough and use cookie cutters to form shapes–or, just use your imagination and sculpt any 3D form you like. The clay will firm up again, so work quickly with each piece. If it is too stiff to work with, put a chunk in the microwave for just 5 seconds at a time, kneading in between, until pliable.
Decorate your chocolate figures with piped melted chocolate, royal icing, pearlized sugar, or anything other edible thing you can think of.
Check back soon to see what I did with my chocolate clay!