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Whether you’re planning to make fancy party nibbles, festive holiday treats, or are looking for a delicious activity for the kids, edible food crafts are fun for the whole family. Turning your favourite snacks into magnificent artistic creations, edible crafts are one of the few times we encourage you to play with your food. And because you get to eat your creations at the end, edible crafts make a fabulous creative outlet for artists who are a bit short on storage space.
Here’s some things you might want to know before getting started.
What Food Can be Used in Edible Crafts?
From fruit and veggies on a plate, to jelly, chocolate, and cakes, pretty much any food can be turned into an edible piece of artwork.
Liquid or semi-liquid foods that can be solidified are a great option for moulds as they take shapes well while in their liquid form, before setting into a solid form. Foods that work well in a mould include:
- Cake batter
- Frozen yoghurt
Edible Craft Supplies
What you need to get started with chocolate making or other edible crafts will depend on the complexity of your project. For example, if you’re simply trying to encourage your kids to eat their veggies, you might not need much more than a plate, some food, and a little creativity. However, if you’re going for something a little more complicated, here are some of the supplies you might need to get started:
- Food-grade moulds and templates
- Melting chocolate
- Food Dye
- Baking work mat
- Truffle cups
- Food sculpting tools
- Transfer sheets
What’s the Difference Between White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate?
While the colour is the most obvious difference between white, dark, and milk chocolate, there are other, more subtle differences that you may not notice until you’re melting or eating it.
These differences can impact how you work with the chocolate, and when it’s best to use it.
- Dark chocolate: more bitter than other chocolates and typically requiring higher temperatures for both melting and tempering, dark chocolate offers a satisfying ‘snap’ when tempered correctly.
Milk chocolate: has a lower melting point, softer texture, and a sweeter, less bitter flavour than dark chocolate. Milk chocolate doesn’t have quite the same snap as dark chocolate.
- White chocolate: extremely sweet and creamy, white chocolate contains no cocoa solids, and is instead a mix of cocoa butter, milk solids, and sugar. Due to a low melting point, white chocolate can easily become lumpy or scorched, particularly when melted in the microwave. It’s best to ‘sneak up’ on melting your white chocolate.
Chocolate Food Moulds
At Riot Art & Craft, we offer a variety of chocolate food moulds to suit all occasions. If you’re looking for a fun edible craft activity for the kids, perhaps they’d enjoy decorating their own chocolate hearts or flowers.
For a more festive edible craft that’s fun for adults and kids alike, take a look at our range of Christmas chocolate moulds. Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at making your own holiday lollypops, or some fun choccy Christmas trees. This multi-tiered Christmas Tree makes a great option for parties, as each layer can be eaten individually.
Alternatively, for a sweeter approach to the classic gingerbread house, you can mould your own 3D Christmas House out of chocolate.
How to Melt Roberts Chocolate Melting Buttons
Roberts Melting Buttons are specifically designed to be melted for edible crafts, making them an excellent option for Roberts’ range of chocolate moulds. The first step is to know how to melt your Roberts Melting Buttons.
You have three main options:
How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave
- Place Melting Buttons in a microwaveable bowl, heating for 1 minute at a 50% power setting (high temperatures can easily burn chocolate, so be sure to use short bursts and a low power setting).
- Stir the buttons before heating for another 30 seconds
- Repeat this process until the buttons are 2/3 melted
- At this point, the heat of the bowl should be enough to melt the remaining buttons, so continue stirring until the chocolate is smooth and lump-free
How to Melt Chocolate on the Stove
- Fill a small saucepan with 3-4 cm of water and bring to the boil
- Remove from heat
- Place Melting Buttons in a heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan
- Stir continuously with a rubber spatula until the buttons are 2/3 melted
- At this point, the residual heat of the bowl should be enough to melt the remaining buttons
- Should the chocolate cool as you’re working with it, you can place it back onto the saucepan of warm water for short periods to keep it adequately melted
How to Melt Chocolate in a Slow Cooker
- Turn the slow cooker onto the lowest temperature and place Melting Buttons directly inside
- Leave for a few minutes
- Once the Melting Buttons begin to melt, stir frequently until they’re completely melted.
- If your cooker has a warming setting, you can use this to keep your chocolate melted as you work, taking care to stir regularly to avoid overheating
Colouring Chocolate with Food Dye
Even a little bit of liquid can change the consistency of your chocolate, leaving you with a gritty mess. That’s why you’re best to use powdered food dyes when it comes to dying your chocolate. Powdered food dye should be added to chocolate just when it starts to melt so that you can mix it in properly to achieve a solid and consistent colouring.
White chocolate shows up food colouring the clearest, so it’s best for achieving a rich and vibrant colouring in your edible crafts. You can still use milk chocolate for a more subtle colouring.
Powdered food dye can also be added to a range of other foods, including meringue, macarons, icing, and more!
How to Make Edible Paint
An alternative to dying your food, painting allows you to create finer details and multiple colours on the same surface. Making edible paint is a very a simple process, and you’ll find many different recipes online.
The simplest way to make your own edible paint is to mix your powdered food dye in with a few drops of lemon extract, or almond extract.
Please note: for the best effects, make sure that your surface is completely hardened before attempting to apply edible paint. If you try to paint onto soft chocolate, for example, you may just end up with a sludgy mess.
Share Your Delicious Edible Crafts on Instagram
Want to show us what fabulous treats you’ve created? Make sure to tag us in your edible craft posts on Instagram @riotartandcraft so we can see what you’ve been up to.