Monday, November 1, 2010

White Modeling Chocolate and Roses

I have been thinking for a few years now that I really needed to try making white modeling chocolate.  I don't really know why it took me so long.  It's not as if it takes hard-to-find ingredients or anything.  Now that I finally did it, I'm so glad that I did. 
 Just like the dark modeling chocolate, the ingredients are super simple.  All you need is white chocolate and light corn syrup.

 Put all 4 oz. of white chocolate in a bowl.
 This time I braved that microwave and melted the chocolate.  Most of the time I use a double broiler.  I've had bad experiences with the microwave so I'm scared of it when it comes to melting chocolate.
 Add one tablespoon of light corn syrup and stir.
 Keep stirring until it clumps up and sticks together.

Wrap it up in plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge until firm.  Knead the chocolate when you are ready to use it.  If it is too crumbly, just knead in a little more corn syrup.  There is a lot more fat in white chocolate so the modeling chocolate can be a little greasy.  I dabbed it with a paper towel until the grease was under control.  Some people let it sit on newsprint to absorb any extra grease.  I was fresh out of newsprint so the paper towel had to be good enough.  This modeling chocolate is a little more difficult to work with in comparison with the regular dark modeling chocolate.  However, with a little patience, you get this!
 A lovely white chocolate rose.  For more detailed instructions on making chocolate roses, check out my post on chocolate roses.
 Now the real fun begins.  After letting the rose firm up in the freezer, I followed the suggestion of one of my readers and dusted the edges with pink luster dust and....are you ready?


I also had someone ask me about silver roses, which I had to try.  To make a silver rose, tint some of the white modeling chocolate gray.  I kneaded in a little black gel color.  Form your rose and let set in the fridge/freezer to firm.  Then brush with silver luster dust.
There are so many beautiful possibilities.  Don't wait as long as I did to give this a try.