Introduction: Chocolate Dinosaur

This instructable will show you the process for how I made my valentines gift, a chocolate dinosaur (holding a flower / anything). It was fairly simple, but quite time consuming, and difficult to make without her noticing... I didn't realize until this instructable that I may in fact have a dinosaur fetish (weird)

Step 1: Make a Dinosaur!

I started by creating a 3D cardboard dinosaur template using just my imagination, a marker, an x-acto blade, and some cardboard. I cut out several pieces of cardboard to create a (somewhat) rigid dinosaur of cardboard. Don't spend too much time on this step, it isn't that important, a crude model will work just fine.

Step 2: Make the Mold

 Next, I decided for no reason, except that it sounded good, to saran wrap / tin foil wrap the dinosaur model. In retrospect it was not necessary but may have helped slightly (it didn't take too much time either).

Next, I paper mache'd the model thickly. (sorry for the lack of pictures here)

Step 3: Hollowing the Mold

 to make it a mold that allows for the inside to be chocolate, I had to cut apart my paper mache dinosaur and remove the insides (yum). To do this I used an x-acto blade to cut along the spine and various other places (use as few cuts as possible, see my pictures). I then re-attatched some of the cut off pieces.

I also duct taped the inside and some of the outsides to make it smoother and so that less material would transfer to the chocolate when completed.

Step 4: Melt the Chocolate

 Now the fun part :)

Keep in mind that any chocolate that drips during this step is fair game for eating :)

Start by melting the chocolate (you can find other 'ibles on doing this). It is important to remember to be patient, melt the chocolate on a double broiler, on low heat, and also don't let water get into your chocolate!

I used more about 8 pounds of bakers chocolate which I found on sale for a dollar per pound (my lucky day).

Ready to pour?

Step 5: Pouring

This was the tricky part.

To do this part I used whatever I could to prop the pieces while I poured molten chocolate into them. I started with the four separate parts, shown in the previous step, and would pour the chocolate and then shake a bit and then let them individually harden in the freezer.

When I had all 4 parts each completed, I would tape over the connection between molds (leaving a small hole on top to pour through, I held them over the stove for a bit to let them melt just a bit and then poured more chocolate in between the molds. I wasn't sure if this would work, but my dinosaur seems to hold really stably together. I connected the two halves of the body first, then the tail, and lastly the neck / head.

Step 6: Finish!

 Finally, with all the mold parts together, I had to cut off all the undesired paper mache and duct tape. I wasn't sure how hard or easy this would happen... it wasn't too hard but it was kinda tedious and messy (poo). After taking it all off, I shaved sections off that looked bumpy or bad, or I would melt them into smoother sections, or even add chocolate with my finger where I thought it was necessary...

I plan to put a flower (or two, three, four hundred and eighty...) in the dinosaurs mouth, but I will wait until tomorrow evening to go get that...

hope she likes it :)




This instructable is entered in the Dinosaur Contest! (this is a really cool contest that deserves more participants, check it out!)

Step 7: The Day Of...

 

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Foaly7 (author)2010-09-17

I had an idea after reading this. Choco carving. I could make this, but carve it instead of molding it.

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dramioneforinfinity (author)2010-03-07

<3 it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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luvit (author)2010-02-24

 i made this for my wife. she bit it;s head off too.

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Onyx Ibex (author)luvit2010-02-25

 oooo! please post a pic of it if you have one!

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zascecs (author)2010-02-13

That is a pretty good dinosaur. Just that it's sad that eventually, it'll have to be eaten. 

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Wasagi (author)zascecs2010-02-13

 Can't have your cake and eat it too... Unless, SUBMIT FOR MASS PRODUCTION!!!!

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zascecs (author)Wasagi2010-02-21

Hehe, I can't wait to see that...

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watermelonhead (author)2010-02-21

Nomnomnom. Your significant other sure is lucky!

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Lance Mt. (author)2010-02-19

 Wow, I like the method

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mahljh (author)2010-02-17

Awesome! She's one lucky girl! ^__^

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b-stro (author)2010-02-14

 Fantastic instructable, familiar backdrop as well...

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Onyx Ibex (author)b-stro2010-02-15

 From other submissions or did you go to school here as well?

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b-stro (author)Onyx Ibex2010-02-16

I also attend STO. I saw this instructable and though "dang, that dinosaur looks awful familiar!"

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sarahfish (author)2010-02-15

 This may be all I've ever wanted in life. thank you.

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mrfoltz (author)2010-02-13

 M--m-m-m-m--m-m-m-m my 2 favourite things, chocolate and dinosaurs!!!!!

I wonder if you could use bakers silicone the talk about on "the Cake Boss" ???

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Onyx Ibex (author)mrfoltz2010-02-14

 I considered many different ways for making the mold. My way was what I thought the cheapest and easiest way to make it, so I did :) also, it is was somewhat difficult to find silicone molding 'stuff' since I have no car and don't go to school near enough to any hardware/etc stores.... but they would probably be considered more health regulated...

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mikeasaurus (author)2010-02-13

if dinosaurs had opposable thumbs this is what they would make for their  valentine.

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jessyratfink (author)2010-02-13

 The most delicious dinosaur in the history of dinosaurs.

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Jayefuu (author)2010-02-13

Ha ha nutter. The roundabout way you achieved this is great. 5*

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Wasagi (author)2010-02-13

 Great Job! No way she won't like it!


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Kiteman (author)2010-02-13

An utterly mad project, in that very special, highly desirable way.

Well done, that man.

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Duct Tape Dude (author)2010-02-13

I just got a cool idea...First you find a bowl that will hold your dinosaur, but make sure his head is visible from the side. Then aquire an amount of Hershey's Syrup to fill the bowl all the way. Whn you fill the bowl with dinosaur you have a tasty version of the famous Seugon's Photo of the Loch Ness Monster! (side effcects include but are not limited to-chocolate overload....sugar highness...possible vomiting)

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laxap (author)2010-02-13

You should enter the dinosaur contest!

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JohnJY (author)laxap2010-02-13

 To late, he made it with out grouping it while it was published. And other Instructables in the contest would be great, because I'm entering it soon, but I think if he wants to enter the contest, he'd have to take it up with mikosaurs. 

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