BentoUSA graciously sent me some of their products, which I used to create my cute little fudgy bears, and one of you will be lucky enough to win $25 of their products.
For this project I used a plastic teddy bear shaped mold that is usually used with rice. It worked perfectly with my caramel modeling chocolate recipe that is made with Dulce de Leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk) and milk chocolate that I’ve also used to make Chocolate Caramel Pumpkins and Inside Out Chocolate Caramel Apples. I also used a punch that is typically used to cut sheets of nori. I cut frosting sheets instead. BentoUSA has all sorts of molds in various shapes and sizes, so even if you don’t want to make bears, you can make dolphins, flowers, pigs, fish and more. The set I used even includes a bunny rabbit which I’m excited to use for an Easter project.
Using the molds, I spent less than 15 minutes to shape all of my bears. These are a super simple and quick Valentine’s Day edible craft.
Caramel Chocolate Fudgy Bears (makes 9-10 bears)
14 ounces milk chocolate
Teddy Bear Face:
dark brown or black frosting/sugar sheet*
*You can also just color some of the caramel modeling chocolate with black food coloring or some cocoa powder then roll it out thin and use the cutter that comes with the teddy bear rice mold to cut the face.
teddy bear face nori punch*
(you wont need this is you don’t use the frosting sheet)
Finely chop the milk chocolate.
Press the back side of the bento bear mold over the caramel modeling chocolate.
You can, if you want, put the front side of the mold in the white holder to keep everything straight then you can press in the back part of the mold. I found I really didn’t need it, though.
Squeeze the two sides of the mold together until the edges touch. Remove any caramel modeling chocolate that has oozed out.
Remove the back side of the teddy bear mold. Your chocolate bear should have little dots all over it. It it doesn’t, you didn’t use quite enough of the caramel modeling chocolate. You can just re-roll it and mold it again.
Gently tug on the chocolate bear, peeling it away from the front of the bento bear mold.
Smooth out any rough edges.
Use a nori punch with a bear face to punch out a dark brown or black frosting sheet. Press the eyes and mouth onto each of the bears. If you look at the picture at the very top of the blog post, you’ll notice one bear has a different face. I used a different punch. At the bottom of the post, I’ve shared links for three sets of punches, each has three different faces that can all be combined to make many different faces.
If you have chosen to color some of the modeling chocolate with food coloring or cocoa powder, dust your work surface with some cocoa powder, roll it out thin, and use the cutter that comes with the teddy bear rice mold to cut the face. You can press the pieces on the bear. If needed use some corn syrup to make them stick.
BentoUSA carries lots of different rice molds that could work with this project and you could be the lucky one chosen to win a $25 gift card to their site.
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