Swirl colorful chocolates together to create beautiful handmade Chocolate Sea Shells. They will add a wonderful realistic look to your beach themed cakes, cupcakes, and treats.
If you are hosting a beach themed party, you can really impress your party guests by serving some of these chocolate sea shells. Depending on the molds you use to create your shells, they can look so realistic that your guest will think you picked them up off the beach.
The party guests were in awe.
I really loved watching as the party guests interacted with all the treats on my dessert table, but was especially thrilled to see how everyone reacted to the chocolate sea shells.
So many guests wanted to know how they were made and I was happy to tell them I would share my tips and tricks here on the blog.
They really are quite easy to make.
If you’d like to make some of these colorful candy shells you’ll need both white chocolate and another colored chocolate.
I chose to use the Candy Melts because I only had a few sea shell candy molds to work with. I knew I would need to have a way to keep my colored chocolate melted all afternoon while I made hundreds of shells. By using the confectionery coating, I could melt small bowls of it, and keep them warm for hours by setting them in a water bath in an electric skillet.
You can learn all about working with Candy Melts and keeping them warm in a skillet on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
How to Make Chocolate Sea Shells
You can use either a disposable pastry bag or a squeeze bottle to make the shells. In this example, I used the bag.
Brush a thin stripe of colored chocolate down one or two sides of your pastry bag. Then fill it with white chocolate.
Cut the tip off the bag, cutting a small opening. Pipe the chocolate into candy molds. As you pipe, the colors will swirl together.
Pop the mold in the freezer (if using pure chocolate, place them in the refrigerator) until the candy hardens, then remove and un-mold.
If using this silicone sea shell fondant mold to make the tiny shells, they will take less than 5 minutes to harden. These shells are the perfect size to put into Mini Chocolate Beach Pails. The largest of these shells is about the size of a penny. They are small!
If you have filled all your candy molds and still have some chocolate in your pastry bag, fold over the tip, so the chocolate doesn’t spill out, and snuggle it into an empty glass that is set in the warm water in your skillet.
This will keep the chocolate warm, so that when your chocolates come out of the freezer and are un-molded, you can simply pull the pastry bag out of the glass, and pipe some more shells.
If the chocolate does harden, pop then entire bag in the microwave and heat on 50% power for 10-20 seconds.
If you prefer, you can create the same swirled effect using a squeeze bottle. Just note that it’s a bit trickier to get a nice line of chocolate brushed down the size of the bottle.
Be sure to allow your candy molds to come to room temperature before filling them so that the chocolate flows easily and fills the mold fully.
You can set the squeeze bottle in the warm water in the skillet or reheat it in the microwave if the chocolate becomes too thick to pipe.
Don’t you just love all the unique patterns in each of these chocolate shells?
If you have a candy mold with some starfish, be sure to make some of those as well.
You can find the products needed to create these chocolate sea shells on Amazon.com
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- 1 ounce melted colored confectionery coating
- 10 ounces melted white confectionery coating (Candy Melts)
- Brush a thin line or two of the colored confectionery coating onto the sides of a disposable pastry bag.
- Fill bag with white confectionery coating.
- Snip tip off bag.
- Pipe into sea shell candy molds.
- Freeze for 5-10 minutes until the candy hardens.
- Remove and un-mold the candy shells.
When you look at this picture, does it make you feel like you are at the beach?
Ahh, I sure wish I was.
In reality, I created this scene in my living room on my photography table.
To create this photograph, I crushed up a box of cereal to make the sand, poured it all over my table, and attached a piece of blue sky paper to the wall then filled a small plastic beach pail with my chocolate sea shells, snuggled it into the cereal sand, and scattered more chocolate shells in the sand.
For the party, we created a wave pattern using several blue tablecloths and set all the beach themed treats on top. It wasn’t quite as realistic looking as the sand, but it was much neater for a party.
If you would like to know how to create any of the other beach themed treats that you see on this festive table, you’ll need to stop by regularly over the summer to see all the tutorials and recipes for the posts pictured below. I’ll share links as the posts go live.
Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Chocolate Beach Pails • Butterscotch Crunch Starfish
Sandcastle Lollipops • Caramel Rice Krispie Turtles • Beach Party Popcorn
Under the Sea Popcorn • Beach Ball Cheesecakes • Under the Sea Gumdrops
Caramel Rice Krispie Treat Starfish • Chocolate Sea Shells • Rice Kripie Treat Dolphins
Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Sugar Coated Sea Horse Cookies • Palm Tree Cookies
You might also like to check out these other summer fun treats that I’ve shared in the past…
Veggie Pizza Fish • Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Pizzas • Fruit Pizza Watermelon
Googly Eye Sea Creatures • Fruit Pizza Beach Ball • Goldfish Marshmallow • Peanut Butter Fudge Starfish
Starfish S’Mores • Ice Cream Cone Goldfish • Rice Krispie Treat Sand Castle • Beach Ball Pie