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Chocolate Dinosaur

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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)
 
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Step 1: Make a Dinosaur!

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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

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 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

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 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

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 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?
Foaly74 years ago
I had an idea after reading this. Choco carving. I could make this, but carve it instead of molding it.
<3 it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
luvit5 years ago
 i made this for my wife. she bit it;s head off too.
Onyx Ibex (author)  luvit5 years ago
 oooo! please post a pic of it if you have one!
zascecs5 years ago
That is a pretty good dinosaur. Just that it's sad that eventually, it'll have to be eaten. 
Wasagi zascecs5 years ago
 Can't have your cake and eat it too... Unless, SUBMIT FOR MASS PRODUCTION!!!!
zascecs Wasagi5 years ago
Hehe, I can't wait to see that...
Nomnomnom. Your significant other sure is lucky!
Lance Mt.5 years ago
 Wow, I like the method
mahljh5 years ago
Awesome! She's one lucky girl! ^__^
b-stro5 years ago
 Fantastic instructable, familiar backdrop as well...
Onyx Ibex (author)  b-stro5 years ago
 From other submissions or did you go to school here as well?
I also attend STO. I saw this instructable and though "dang, that dinosaur looks awful familiar!"
sarahfish5 years ago
 This may be all I've ever wanted in life. thank you.
mrfoltz5 years ago
 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" ???
Onyx Ibex (author)  mrfoltz5 years ago
 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...
mikeasaurus5 years ago
if dinosaurs had opposable thumbs this is what they would make for their  valentine.
 The most delicious dinosaur in the history of dinosaurs.
Jayefuu5 years ago
Ha ha nutter. The roundabout way you achieved this is great. 5*
Wasagi5 years ago
 Great Job! No way she won't like it!


Kiteman5 years ago
An utterly mad project, in that very special, highly desirable way.

Well done, that man.
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)
laxap5 years ago
You should enter the dinosaur contest!
JohnJY laxap5 years ago
 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.