Swirl colorful chocolates together to create beautiful handmade Chocolate 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 of these seashell chocolates and beach-themed desserts and wanted to know how I made them.
Below you will find instructions to make your own chocolate seashells and links to all the other desserts I made for the party.
I chose to use the Candy Melts (also known as compound chocolate, confectionery coating, melting wafers, and almond bark) because I only had a few sea shell candy molds to work with and I needed to keep the chocolate melted while I worked. I can keep candy melts melted all day in a water bath in an electric skillet. Plus they come in colors.
Check out my Chocolate Making Tips page for more information about working with chocolates.
silicone sea shell molds - I used small fondant molds that made tiny little shells and some plastic candy molds to make larger shells.
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Melt the candy melts.
Fill jars or coffee mugs with your candy melt wafers and set them in an electric skillet. Fill the skillet with 2-3 inches of water, so it goes about halfway up the sides of the jars, and turn it on the lowest setting (warm).
Stir occasionally until the candy melts have completely melted.
Or, you can melt the candy melts in the microwave at high power for 30-second increments stirring after each until melted. Then, place the jars of chocolate into the water bath to keep them warm all day.
DO NOT get water in your chocolate or it will seize (harden).
Fill the molds with swirled chocolate.
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 candy 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 the entire bag in the microwave and heat on 50% power for 10-20 seconds.
Fill molds using a squeeze bottle.
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.
You can store your beautiful swirled chocolate seashells in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
Make white chocolate peanut butter Beach Party Popcorn topped with sandy cookie crumbs and speckled with sea shells to give as a gift or to serve as dessert for a party.
You can make even more beach-themed summer recipes for your party.
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
Colorful swirled chocolate sea shells. They are great for a beach themed party or any ocean themed party you have!
- 1 ounce dark cocoa or colored candy melts, melted
- 10 ounces white candy melts, melted
Brush a thin line or two of the dark cocoa candy melts or colored candy melts onto the sides of a disposable pastry bag.
Fill the pastry bag with melted white chocolate.
Snip tip off bag.
Pipe into sea shell candy molds.
Alternatively, you can swirl the chocolates together in a squeeze bottle and pipe them into the molds.
Freeze for 5-10 minutes until the candy hardens.
Remove and un-mold the candy shells.
Melting Candy Melts
You can melt the candy melts in the microwave for 3o-second bursts of high power, stirring after each until melted, or in a water bath in an electric skillet set at the lowest temperature.
Store your chocolate shells in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.
I serve my chocolate sea shells on this table along with lots of other fun beach-themed party food. The guests loved all the treats.