How to Make Chocolate Curls
Have you seen desserts in restaurants topped by dramatic curls of chocolate? Did you know you can create the same effects at home? Here are instructions on how to transform a block of chocolate into a beautiful decoration.
What you will need
- Baking chocolate squares or "molding" chocolate
- baking sheet
- cheese slicer or metal spatula
Prepare the chocolate
Melt squares of baking chocolate as directed on package. Spread with spatula into a very thin layer on baking sheet. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until firm but still pliable.
To make chocolate curls
Push a metal spatula or cheese slicer firmly along the baking sheet, under the chocolate, so the chocolate curls as it is pushed. If chocolate is too firm to curl, let stand a few minutes at room temperature; refrigerate again if it becomes too soft. Depending on the speed of your movement and the pressure you apply, you can easily make curls of various sizes.
Use a toothpick to carefully place chocolate curls on wax paper-covered tray. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm. Use a toothpick to arrange curls on dessert.
To make chocolate fans
With light pressure, run the metal spatula or cheese slicer along the baking sheet. Next shape the chocolate fan. As you are creating your fan shape, you can use your free hand to guide the strip of chocolate into gentle folds, waves, or a fan shape. If your hands are very warm and start melting the chocolate, use thin plastic gloves.
To make other shapes
You can experiment with making a variety of curls, fans, swaths, and other shapes out of your chocolate. You will find that small differences in the movement and pressure of the slicer will produce big differences in your chocolate decorations.