Turn little handmade chocolate cups into these adorable Mini Chocolate Beach Pails filled with Dulce de Leche Mousse and topped with toffee bits "sand" and chocolate shells. They will make great treats for your beach themed party.
Mini Chocolate Beach Pails
Prep Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs

Small chocolate cups are decorated to look like beach pails. Make these for your next beach or pool themed party, your guests will love these cute and delicious desserts!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beach, beach pails, beach party, chocolate, dulce de leche, mousse, sea shells
Servings: 16
Author: Beth Jackson Klosterboer
  • 16 ounces melted and tempered pure white chocolate
  • or melted colored confectionery coating candy melts*
  • oil based or powder candy coloring
  • 2 ounces white modeling chocolate
  • Filling:
  • 16 ounces dulce de leche mousse chocolate mousse, or pudding
  • 1/3 cup toffee bits crushed into fine crumbs or cookie crumbs
  • 48 tiny chocolate shells
*See the Chocolate Making Tips page for detailed instructions on melting chocolate and confectionery coating.
  1. Color the white chocolate using candy coloring.
  2. You'll use approximately one ounce of chocolate per cup, so color accordingly.
Method 1:
  1. Fill a small plastic shot glass full of colored white chocolate.
  2. Let the cup sit at room temperature for 1-3 minutes.
  3. Turn shot glass upside down and allow the excess chocolate to drip out, leaving just a thin shell.
  4. Set aside for 5 minutes then refrigerate for 5-10 minutes if using pure chocolate.
  5. If using candy melts, freeze for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove and gently pull the chocolate out of the shot glass.
Method 2:
  1. Brush chocolate onto the bottom and up the sides of a plastic shot glass.
  2. Chill until hardened, then brush another layer over top.
  3. Chill until hardened.
  4. Remove and gently pull the chocolate out of the shot glass.
  1. Cut thin 3/16th inch by 3 1/2 inch long strips of white modeling chocolate.
  2. Attach one end near the top edge of a chocolate pail.
  3. Drape the strip around to the other side of the pail and press it on.
  4. If needed, use piping gel or melted chocolate as glue.
  1. Just before serving, pipe about an ounce of mousse or pudding into each chocolate pail.
  2. Spoon on about a teaspoon of toffee bits crumbs or cookie crumbs.
  3. Set three chocolate shells on top.