Creative Packaging For Chocolates Project
By Bob Sherman
When making chocolates for a gift or to sell, success often depends on nice appearance. For many chocolates this does not pose a problem as appropriately sized bags or boxes are available. Suitable packaging is not always available and requires you to get creative.
Although this project illustrates baseball bat packaging with chocolate baseballs, the same concept may be applied to most subjects by cutting out an appropriate shape. I used a very simple shape cut from a cake board for this and since baseball bats are commonly wood I used the brown side which looks very much like wood grain.
The following variations may be used to make these as elaborate and decorative as desired:
- Decorate the board with non toxic markers.
- Personalize it with a name, title, or message using non toxic markers. For example: Dad, Coach, Happy Birthday, etc...
- Cover the board with colored foil or cellophane.
- Decorate the board with icing.
- Use your computer to enlarge and print clip art in a suitable design. This is then glued to the board and cut out. NOTE: Printer inks are generally not healthy for food contact so cover with clear plastic or stretch wrap before adhering chocolates.
The following suggestions are just a small sample of what may be done with this method:
- Ball sports - round board colored / patterned to that particular sport.
- Golf Club.
- Fishing - fish shaped board
- Occupations - Cut board to shape of hat, badge, vehicle, or other item related to that occupation.
- Music - Cut board to instrument shape.
- Bridal - Wedding Bells shape.
- Baby Shower - Baby Buggy, Wishing Well, or Umbrella shape.
- Mother's / Father's Day - Board that says MOM or DAD, board in their hobby / occupation shape.
- Easter - Egg shape board.
- Christmas - Stocking or tree shape.
- Saint Patrick's Day - Shamrock shape.
- Valentine's Day - Heart shape.
- Halloween - Pumpkin / Jack-o-Lantern shape.
- New Year's Eve - Champagne Bottle Shape.
- Birthday - Balloon shape, cake shape, or theme to their interests / hobbies.
Most of the items you may need can be ordered directly from this page for your convenience.
PLEASE NOTE!! - Although chocolate making is relatively safe for the entire family to participate, adult supervision is required.
I prefer to use chocolate wafers designed for home molding chocolate. My preferred brand is Merckens which works well with all chocolate molding projects, is available in a wide selection of colors, and tastes great.
Either melting method may be used, but I find the double boiler more convenient.
Double Boiler - See Double Boiler Usage Instructions.
A microwave may also be used but care must be taken not to overheat the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 30 seconds.
- Remove and stir.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chocolate is creamy.
- Optimum pouring temperature is about 90 degrees F. Do not place the thermometer in the microwave!
Chocolate Making Supplies And Materials
The following chocolate making supplies and other materials were used to make this project. Clicking on the item name will bring you to that item's page with a full description and ordering information.
- Chocolate Coating - Milk chocolate was used here.
- Chocolate Mold - In a design suitable to your subject.
- Cake Board - One.
- Thermometer - One.
- Double Boiler - For melting chocolate.
- Cello Wrap or Clear Plastic - To cover finished board.
- Tape - Clear tape to fasten covering to back of the board.
Step By Step Instructions
The baseball mold was used without modification.
Standard chocolate making techniques were used - melt, pour, harden, then demold.
A bat was drawn on the back of the board (this prevents ink from any contact with chocolate.
A sharp razor knife was used to cut out the design.
NOTE: Protect your work surface.
Melt a small amount of chocolate.
Place a dab of chocolate on the back of each ball.
Position the balls on the bat and allow the chocolate to harden.
The finished project waiting to be wrapped in plastic or cello.
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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common chocolate making practices as of the time of this writing - June 2007. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
Publisher: Bobby's Craft Boutique Inc.
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