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Here's my recipe for delicious chocolate robots!

In this Instructable, I'll explain how to make ganache-filled chocolate goodies in the shape of everybody's favourite robot. Of course, you could make them in any shape you wanted, but I can't imagine why you wouldn't want your chocolates to look like robots...

This should be a great home project for (supervised) kids and families, as all of the ingredients and materials are relatively safe (if used properly) and can be cheaply sourced without much difficulty. No specialist equipment is needed and you can make it all in your own kitchen during a single weekend. And did I mention that it involves a lot of chocolate?

I recommend reading my "how to sculpt chocolate" Instructable before this one, as it uses a lot of the same principles.

Health, Safety and Legality

This project uses Sculpey, a polymer clay that can be cured in a home oven. Sculpey contains some potentially harmful chemicals (phthalates), which is why it is not suitable for making crockery that will be used to serve food. In this project, Sculpey never comes in contact with food, but it does come in contact with a surface that is later used to form chocolate. My personal view is that any risk of the chocolate becoming contaminated with dangerous chemicals is negligible (and further mitigated by thorough washing of the silicone moulds). However, this is certainly a deviation from Sculpey's intended use and I cannot guarantee that inadvertent Sculpey exposure will not occur.

Please also choose your silicone carefully. Use food grade silicone, which is available in cartridges from plumbing supply stores. Don't ingest it, inhale it or inject it into any family pets.

Also, one of these ganache recipes contains alcohol and is best served only to non-teetotal adults.

Step 1: What You'll Need

Yes, you're going to need some things. I recommend having a glance through the rest of the Instructable before you read this list, so that you can get a feel for just what you'll need and why.

Modelling materials:
  • Sculpey modelling clay
  • Food grade silicone
  • Plasticine (optional)
Edible ingredients:

  • Plenty of high-quality chocolate for the shells and the fillings (look for chocolate that contains real cocoa butter rather than cheaper vegetable shortenings)
For the lime and chili ganache:
  • 2 limes
  • 2 bird's eye chili peppers
  • 120g of dark chocolate (>70% cocoa solids)
  • 80ml of double cream
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • A dash of maple syrup
For the espresso ganache:
  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee
  • 120g of dark chocolate (>70% cocoa solids)
  • 80ml of double cream
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
For the Baileys ganache
  • 120g of white chocolate
  • 60 ml of double cream
  • 20 ml of Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • A dash of maple syrup
Useful tools and equipment:
  • Sculpting tools
  • Spare toothbrush
  • Baking tray
  • Aluminium foil
  • Craft knife
  • Kitchen knife
  • Double boiler or bain-marie
  • Milk thermometer (or other thermometer capable of accurate readings between 30 and 50 degrees Celsius)
  • Saucepan & hob
  • Refrigerator
  • Sieve
  • Dremel and dust mask (very optional)
Right, enough lollygagging. Let's make things!
<p>wicked awesoe.I added you to my collection.</p><p>Rima</p>
<p>wicked awesoe.I added you to my collection.</p><p>Rima</p>
These arrived in lab on Friday, and look AWESOME! <br />We couldn't bring ourselves to eat any of them - seemed like cannibalism. ;)
Great, I was really worried that they'd have melted into a homogeneous lump of delicious brown goo by the time they arrived!<br>Don't feel guilty about eating them, as I'm fairly sure the First Law of Robotics would class unnecessary hunger as a form of harm.<br>:-D
yum!
Mmmm...
These make me giggle, nice job
:-)<br><br>I aim to please.
This is AWESOME matey! One of my coveted high fives for you!<br><br>
Thanks, Biggsy!<br>*BAM*<br>*almost knocks over monitor again*
I am not in any way responsible for any damages that you may incur when claiming your high five. These include but are not limited to, damage to computers, wrists electrocution, surprise, and bouts of uncontrollable laughter <br><br>;)
LOL! ROFL :D<br><br>Just pulled my last batch of chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. (careful not to drool on your keyboard) This site is hazardous to computers! :D
Clay + Molding + Casting + Robots + Chocolate + Great Photos = Awesome
Thanks very much! I'm glad you like it :-)
I could never eat the robot. But I WOULD display them! Great job!
Cheers, splazem. I know what you mean - it'll be a shame to eat them, but I have the moulds so I can always make more.<br><br>Warning: may contain nuts (and bolts)
Amazing!
:-D

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