Carousel Chocolate Making Project
By Bob Sherman
This fun project is a bit more challenging to make, but produces a beautiful three dimensional piece suitable for table centerpieces or other times when a large display is desirable. They make great gifts for carousel lovers as well as cake toppers.
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 and tastes great.
There are several large pieces to be molded in this project so the most efficient way is to use a double boiler. Regardless of which method is chosen, using the chocolate at 90 degrees F. is optimum.
Double Boiler - See Double Boiler Usage Instructions.
Microwave - A microwave may 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 usage 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. Note that only one type of animal mold is needed to complete this project and you can choose from horses, bunnies, or wild animals.
- Carousel Base Mold - One.
- Carousel Top Mold - One.
- Carousel Bunnies Mold - Shown here. Great for making an Easter Carousel.
- Carousel Horse Mold - For making this project with traditional carousel horses.
- Carousel Animals Mold - For making this project with wild animals.
- 4 1/2" Lolly Sticks - 5 sticks needed per carousel.
- Chocolate - Your choice of colors.
- Thermometer - One.
- Double Boiler - For melting chocolate. A microwave may also be used, but a double boiler is more convenient for this project.
Step By Step Instructions
The top and bottom molds will not sit flat. Position these on suitable sized / shaped items to support them in a level position.
The animal molds will sit flat enough without support.
Pour or spoon chocolate into the mold cavities. Rap them hard several times to release any trapped air bubbles and level the surface.
Spoon chocolate into the animal mold of your choice. When placing the sticks, twirl them so the chocolate covers them better. You will need to make 5 animals.
Once the molds have cooled and the pieces are removed spoon some chocolate onto one half of the center column.
Align the 2 halves of the column and press them together. Wipe off any chocolate that may squeeze out as neatly as possible. Allow it to harden before continuing.
Spoon a dollop of chocolate onto the center of the base.
Position the center column. Wipe off any chocolate that may squeeze out as neatly as possible.
Dip the bottom of the animal sticks in chocolate and position in the holes on the base. Do these one at a time as you will need to hold them vertically while the chocolate hardens.
Once all 5 animals are in place and the chocolate has set, spoon a dollop of chocolate atop the center column.
Place the top in place. This has to be aligned visually as close to centered as possible. Allow the assembly to harden.
Fold a towel several times to create a cushion. Cover it with a sheet of wax paper. Supporting the assembly top and bottom, turn it upside down and set it on this cushion.
Place a small dollop of chocolate around each stick to lock the tops in place. Allow to harden fully.
The finished carousel.
if desired this may be embellished with icing, edible glitter, sugars, non-pareils, etc...
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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and usage practices as of the time of this writing - originally published in December 2005 and updated in November 2010. 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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