Homemade Wedding and Party Favors
Chocolate suckers are very simple and fun to make. Here are some simple instructions on how to make them:
1. Gather all your materials, you will need:
- Chocolate (Wilton Chocolate Melts work well)
- Chocolate Sucker Molds
- Sucker Sticks
- Food Coloring (oil based)
- Paint Brushes
2. Melt your Chocolate. You can stick your chocolate in the microwave or in a mini crock pot (on low). A crock pot works great, especially if you will be making a lot of chocolate suckers. Just make sure the crock pot is set on low and you stir the chocolate occasionally. If you are using a microwave, heat for 30 seconds and then stir; repeat until all your chocolate in fully melted. Be careful not to let your chocolate get too hot, if it does, it will become lumpy and unusable. You also need to be careful not to let any water near your chocolate; chocolate and water don’t mix well.
3. If you want your chocolate suckers to vary in color, get out different containers for each color and fill with melted white chocolate. Then add a small amount of food coloring to get your desired colors. Use an oil based food coloring (not water based), this will help keep the consistency the same. Try not to use too much coloring or your chocolate will start to become thicker and impossible to work with.
4. Paint your molds. Any part of your chocolate suckers that you want to be a different color, you will either need to paint them in the molds first before adding the main color or use a small cake decorating tip when you are completely done. You will want to use the cake decorating bag for areas that are too narrow and too hard to paint into the molds. Many craft stores (such as, Hobby Lobby or Micheals) sell special paint brushes for chocolate. They are very inexpensive and you will not have to worry about any of the paint brush bristles coming out into your chocolate suckers.
5. After you have completed painting, fill your mold up ¾ full of the main color of chocolate. Then add your sticks into the molds, placing your sticks at least halfway up into your sucker. I like to put my molds on a cookie sheet and use folded paper towels on the sides to help the sucker sticks stay level. Now finish filling your molds and tap your cookie sheet on the table in order to remove any air bubbles and to flatten the backside of your suckers.
6. Refrigerate your chocolate suckers for 10 minutes.
7. Release the suckers from the mold. Gently turn upside down and flex your mold until all your suckers are out. Your chocolate suckers should fall out fairly easily.
8. Use a warm knife to trim off any access chocolate. Warm your knife by sticking it in a cup of hot water and then wiping off the water with a towel.
9. Make any last finishing touches. If you wanted to add some more color with a cake decorator bag, do so now. Then refrigerate for 10 minutes.
10. Bag your chocolate suckers up and you are done. If your chocolate suckers are wedding or party favors, you can add a thank you note with ribbon.
Storing Chocolate Suckers:
Chocolate suckers have a fairly long shelf life. You could keep them at room temperature for a few months and they’d be fine. Do not stick them in the freezer or you will ruin the look of your chocolate suckers. The refrigerator is ok, just be careful to wrap your chocolate suckers up well and place in an air tight container to avoid any moisture from getting to the suckers. You can even place a towel around your container for extra safety.