Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Come to the Dark Side, We have ... ... CHOCOLATE!

Yeah, I know he isn't perfect.  But he's still very cool!!!!
Dark chocolate, of course!
My oldest daughter gave me this super cool Darth Vader ice cube tray for Christmas.  And it creates these super cool Darth Vader ice cubes!
Coolest ice cubes in the galaxy!
I have tried about half a dozen different ways to try to get clear ice and have only come close once.  So I switched to chocolate.
Unfortunately, my chocolate is a little on the old side.  I know, how does that even happen!?  Who know that old chocolate doesn't melt well?  Not me, that is for sure.  So all the chocolate you see in this photo was scrapped.  :( 
The next batch didn't melt much better, but at least it was workable.  And tastes fine.  That is the most important part.
My youngest has been saving her Ring Pop rings, at my request, for a project just like this.  They have been thoroughly washed, but I boiled them for a few minutes just to be sure.  
All of my ingredients and materials on a tray.
When my chocolate melts properly, I just boil a little pot of water on the stove, remove it from the heat and place my Pyrex measuring cup in the pot and let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally.  Sometimes I have to reheat my water. Normally, it melts to a very smooth, pourable consistency.  Not today.  It was a smooth, spoonable consistancy.  So that is what I worked with.  The second time.
Here is the mold, all ready to go.
After I spooned the chocolate into the molds I tapped it on the tray several times hoping to get all the air bubbles out and trying to get chocolate into all the nooks and crannies of the mold.  This would have worked really well if the chocolate had melted better!
Once I was pretty sure I had gotten all the bubbles out that I could, I placed my rings.  Then waited. And waited.  And put the mold in the fridge and waited some more.
When they had set, they popped out of the mold quite easily!  Several imperfections, but who cares!  Next time they will be much better.  I am sure of that.
My youngest has already done quality control testing and gave me a thumbs up.
So, I went from having the coolest ice in the galaxy to having the coolest ring pops in the galaxy!
Now, I just need more chocolate.....
Thanks for reading!
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  1. Those are Amazing! It's a good thing none of the kids are home to see this, or they would be demanding some of these!

  2. Thanks!!
    One of my daughter's friends was begging me to save her one! (I did) The store I buy my chocolate melts at is closed for the month to renovate! I am so disappointed.

    I read somewhere that you can crush and melt Jolly Ranchers into silicone molds and end up with "actual" ring pops. I'm not risking Darth, but I have an inexpensive/easy to replace Sesame Street mold that I just may have to try that with!

  3. If you try the Jolly Ranchers I would love to know how it turns out!

    1. For sure!!!!!!!
      I just have to find out what Jolly Ranchers ARE, precisely. I've never had them and I've never even noticed them in stores. I'm guessing that they are a hard candy, and if they are, I can probably get away with an inexpensive non-name brand. A little research is in order!


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