Top chocolate lollipops with cute modeling chocolate reindeer. These sweet Chocolate Reindeer Lollipops will make festive party favors for Christmas.
One of the most iconic Christmas images is of Santa on his sleigh being pulled by a team of flying reindeer, so I just had to create a reindeer for my modeling chocolate decoration series.
I created this reindeer by cutting an egg shape out of milk chocolate clay for the reindeer's head and hand-cut dark chocolate clay antlers.
I was sure the dark chocolate clay would stiffen up enough so that the antlers wouldn't fall over if this design was put on top of an egg-shaped sweet.
Well, the dark chocolate antlers were stiff enough, but the milk chocolate head was not, and the antlers kept flopping over, so I grabbed a pastry bag and filled it with chocolate which I piped all over the backside of one of the reindeer.
I added a stick to create a lollipop. Voila.
I chose to add a red nose and some highlights in the reindeer's eyes which meant using white clay as well as dark and milk.
If you don't want to make all three, just skip the highlights and blend some dark and milk together to create a darker brown nose.
Or make white and dark and blend those two together to make a lighter brown for the reindeer's head.
Reindeer Chocolate Lollipops
Before you begin, if you aren't experienced with making chocolate, read my chocolate making tutorial which includes information on types of chocolate to use, melting instructions and the recipe for modeling chocolate.
white modeling chocolate, recipe here
dark modeling chocolate recipe here
milk modeling chocolate recipe here
red candy (food) coloring
food handling gloves (highly recommended to use when adding color)
powdered sugar, to dust work surface
egg cookie cutter - 2" wide by 2 ½" tall
#4 round pastry tip
small oval and pointed oval cutters from a Makin's Cutter Set, optional
pointed fondant tool, optional
food only paint brush
pure milk or dark chocolate melted and tempered
or melted confectionery coating/candy melts in light or dark
(a little less than an ounce per lollipop)
disposable pastry bags or zip top bag
- Pinch off some white modeling chocolate and color it red. For detailed instructions go here.
Cut out modeling chocolate reindeer pieces.
- Dust a cutting board lightly with powdered sugar.
- Roll out the milk, dark, red, and white modeling chocolate to 1/16" of an inch.
- Use the egg cookie cutter to cut out the reindeer heads from the light brown clay, and cut two pointed ovals for each reindeer's ears either using a cutter or knife.
- Cut one small oval out of red for each nose.
- Use the small end of the #12 round pastry tip to cut two small circles for each of the reindeer's eyes out of dark. To do this you'll want to press the pastry tip, tip side down, into the modeling chocolate cutting a small circle, then turn it upside down and tap on counter and the circles will drop out the larger end of the tip. I usually cut a bunch of circles, before turning the tip upside down.
- Pinch the dark circles in between your finger and thumb to shape them into a teardrop for the eyes.
- If using highlights, cut 2 white circles using the #4 pastry tip for each reindeer.
- Draw antlers on a piece of paper and cut out around them.
- Use these templates to cut out dark chocolate clay antlers.
- Attach the shapes together using water to create each dear. Ex: Use the paintbrush to add a very light coating of water on the backside of the nose and press it onto the wider end of the egg. You can see how the ears and antlers are attached in the picture below.
- To make the eyebrows, use a knife or a pointed fondant tool to lightly carve curves above the eyes.
Note: To get the pieces of modeling chocolate out of other small cutter, use something with a rounded edge, to gently push the pieces out. For more detailed instructions on cutting shapes, see the post featuring my modeling chocolate penguins.
Pipe chocolate over the modeling chocolate reindeer.
- Pipe chocolate over the backside of the modeling chocolate reindeer and attach a popsicle stick.
- Let harden.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Package in clear cellophane bags.
See all of my 12 Modeling Chocolate Christmas Treats