|Handcrafted chocolate canister filled with Halloween decorated pretzels.|
A few years ago I had a client that was looking for a gift to give their customers that would really stand out from all of the other gifts that come streaming into an office at the holidays. When I walked in to my pitch meeting with a box filled with a variety of handmade chocolate gifts and pulled out a handcrafted chocolate bucket filled with white chocolate popcorn, they stopped me and said “we’ll take those.” They were sure that no one they were sending these to would have ever seen anything like it before and they were thrilled to be able to customize each bucket with an edible image that incorporated their logo. My new creation was a big hit with the client and an even bigger hit with their customers. Never before had my client received so many thank you cards and phone calls from gift recipients.
powdered sugar to dust work surface
pasta/pizza wheel, cookie cutters (ghost, mini round, and alphabet) or knife to create decorations
# 12 round pastry tip to create the pupils
Dust your work surface with powdered sugar. I fill a tea/spice bag with powdered sugar and tap it on the counter to get a nice light dusting. Use a rolling pin to roll out your modeling chocolate to 1/16th of an inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter or knife to cut out a ghost shape, being sure to make it about an inch shorter than your canister.
Use a 1/2″ round cookie cutter to make the outline of the ghost’s eyes. Gently press the cutter about halfway into the ghost shaped cut out, being sure not to cut all the way through. To create the pupils roll out a small amount of dark modeling chocolate and cut out circles using the top of a #12 pastry tip. Attach the pupils to the ghost with a small dab of water.
For the borders, use a pasta/pizza wheel to cut out 1/4″ wide strips long enough to wrap around the canister. Cut out the word “boo” using alphabet cutters.
Use melted chocolate to glue decorations onto the chocolate canister. For the border, I paint a very thin line of chocolate all along a strip of modeling chocolate and wrap the strip around the chocolate canister, cutting it to the right length and pressing the seams together. If you paint on too much melted chocolate it will ooze out around your decorations, so apply the chocolate sparingly.
Fill your canister with candy, chocolate, nuts, etc. I dipped pretzel rods in milk chocolate and covered them with Halloween sprinkles. I often times will sprinkle the chocolate dipped pretzels in chopped nuts, toffee bits, toasted coconut, malted milk bits, etc.
If you make a large canister you can fill it with white chocolate popcorn. If you’d like the recipe click on this link. For Halloween drizzle the popcorn with black and orange colored chocolate or add Reese’s Pieces or Halloween M&M’s for color.
This is a chocolate bucket I made to give as a prize for one of our Halloween parties a few years ago. I sponged melted chocolate over the outside of the bucket so that I could easily stick some edible images of classic monster movies onto it. I filled the bucket with white chocolate popcorn drizzled with dark chocolate and some orange colored white chocolate.