Calling all Willy Wonkas! Making chocolate candy figures is easier than you may think. World famous chocolatier Jacques Torres takes you through the steps for making a very tasty chocolate monkey. It's a fun project to do with the kids.
Melt dark chocolate to 100 degrees in a mixing bowl.
Temper chocolate to a temperature of 90 degrees.
Create a cone from parchment paper.
Fill cone with dark chocolate.
Push chocolate to tip of the cone.
Cut an opening in the very tip of the cone to allow a thin stream of chocolate to be used for decorating mold.
Use cone to decorate the mold - Create eyes, eyebrows and nose.
Use brush to paint pants in both halves of the mold.
Assemble both halves of the mold together and clip to secure.
Melt and temper milk chocolate to 88 degrees.
Pour chocolate into mold.
Turn and rotate mold to ensure that all interior surfaces have been coated with the milk chocolate to a thickness of approximately 1/8 of an inch.
Pour excess chocolate back into mixing bowl.
Scrape bottom of mold along baking rack to ensure that the bottom is smooth and flat.
Place in refrigerator for eight to ten minutes.
Repeat the coating process to add another 1/8 of an inch of milk chocolate.
Scrape across baking rack to ensure bottom is smooth and flat.
Allow to cool in refrigerator for another eight to ten minutes.
Remove from refrigerator, remove clips and separate mold. (If you have difficulty removing the molded item from the mold, bend and manipulate the mold slightly to loosen it - the item should come out easily.)
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Jacques Torres is one of the most beloved and highly regarded chocolatiers and pastry chefs in the world. And produces and sells his own line of hand-crafted chocolates and confectionery products. more about this expert »