You can give someone you love a big bear hug this Valentine’s Day or one of these adorable Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bears. Either will be nice, but the edible bears are definitely sweeter.
My love of teddy bears and candy making goes back to childhood. I was 13 when I first learned how to hand paint candy molds to create fun holiday treats.Hand painting molds has always been one of my favorite candy making techniques, but I have to admit that with age, it has become more challenging. Seeing the tiny indentations in clear plastic lollipop molds now requires me to wear a pair of reading glasses.
Not only is it easier to see the grooves in a brightly colored silicone molds, but I have many more options than just making chocolates in the molds. I’ve made everything from cheesecakes to jalapeno cheddar muffins in them.
Today, I’m going to show you how to make an incredibly simple two ingredient peanut butter chocolate fudge to fill some hand painted teddy bear molds.
If you want, you can just leave your bears brown. No color is really needed, but I couldn’t resist adding color and detail to mine using white confectionery coating (Candy Melts.)
Kids will love helping you with this project. Over the years I’ve taught over a thousand kids to paint candy molds, and although their fudge bears may not end up looking as neat and clean as the ones you make, the kids will have a blast.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bears
Ingredients: (makes 6 bears)
2 ounces white confectionery coating
2 ounces red confectionery coating
1 ounce dark cocoa confectionery coating
1 ounce light cocoa confectionery coating
*you may not use all of this candy paint, but it’s best to melt a bit more than you need
12 ounces good quality pure milk chocolate, finely chopped
6 ounces creamy peanut butter
1 silicone teddy bear mold**
optional: electric skillet with 4 small glass bowls
4 food use only paint brushes
**I ordered two of these molds from Amazon, using the link at the bottom of the post, and one was dark green, the other bright green, even though the mold pictured is blue. Just thought you’d like to know that detail in case you order the molds.
Whenever I’m painting confectionery coating (a.k.a. candy coating, Candy Melts) into molds, I use a water bath to melt small bowls of the candy coating. I fill an electric skillet with a few inches of water (just enough to go 1/2 – 3/4 of the way up the sides of my bowls.) I turn the skillet on WARM (the lowest setting) and let my candy wafers melt, stirring it occasionally.
I can keep my candy melted all day long and hand paint lots of molds throughout the day. If you are in a hurry, or you don’t have a skillet, melt the candy coating in the microwave. You can put all 4 bowls in at one time. Heat on high power for 15 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.
If you don’t use a skillet you may want to melt each color as you need it, or reheat it as needed.
You can see an in depth tutorial all about this process on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
Paint the ears and paws using white, the eyes using dark cocoa and white, the nose light cocoa, and the vest red.
Once you have all the details painted, pop the mold in the freezer for 3-4 minutes, until the candy coating hardens.
Remove it from the freezer and allow the mold to come back to room temperature while you make the super easy fudge.
Heat the finely chopped milk chocolate in the microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for 25 seconds, stir. Heat for 20 seconds. Let bowl sit in microwave for 2 minutes then stir. If needed, heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each until melted.
Stir in peanut butter.
That’s it!!! Super easy, right?
Pour the chocolate peanut butter fudge into the silicone molds.
Pop the molds in the refrigerator for one hour, then pop in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Unmold the fudge bears, by turning the mold upside down, and pressing on the backside of the mold. If the fudge doesn’t come out easily, it may need to chill in the refrigerator a bit longer.
Allow the fudge bears to sit at room temperature for at least an hour so they soften.
The fudge will be rich, creamy and smooth.
These bears will keep stored in an airtight container for up to a month.
Have you ever hand painted chocolates? Do you use the water bath in a skillet method?
Items used to make this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
More Valentine’s Day Candy Recipes
from Hungry Happenings
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