Introduction: Chocolate Nut Assortment


Chocolate hearts aren't for everybody...

Step 1: Form Mold


Make Wooden Frame
Cut two 3.5" wood strips
Cut two 5" wood strips
tape all pieces together.  Tape the last corner with a tab of duct tape to use as a clasp (you will need to attach and remove it for each batch)

Silicone Putty Set Up
Measure out equal parts of silicone putty components and mix according to instructions
Spread out evenly in the frame
Place hex nuts
Wait 10 minutes

Cut Mold
Remove nuts from mold.  This can be tricky since you will have to unscrew them off the silicone. 
Cut each section in half.  Trying to unscrew less-than-solid pieces can result in accidental cracking.
To make filled chocolate, cut out middle piece of silicone and sand to even out both sides.

Variation
I also made a smaller mold with different size nuts...and a wing nut : )

Step 2: Chocolate Shells


Once the mold is all set, it is time to fill it!

Melt chocolate over stove or in the microwave and stir until smooth.  I used a small pitcher so that the chocolate could be poured directly from it.  I added a silicone sleeve to the side in lieu of an oven mitt.

Pour into molds. 
For the molds that will have filling, pour in enough to cover the bottom and use a spoon to push chocolate against the sides of each section. 
Sections for the solid sections should be filled in 3/4 of the way.

Tap mold against the table to push air bubbles up and ensure that chocolate spreads out evenly.

Place mold in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Solid Chocolates


A few variations for solid chocolates.  Try stirring in...
  • Dark and white chocolate together
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Coconut flakes
  • Drizzle with contrasting chocolate

Step 4: Amaretto Truffle Filling


Remove molds from freezer and fill with...

Amaretto Truffle Filling

6 ounces Chocolate
1 Tbs Butter (unsalted)
1/4 Heavy Cream
1/8 cup Amaretto

Directions
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler
  • Add butter and cream and mix
  • Once smooth, add Amaretto
  • Pour mixture into a glass dish and set in the fridge for about an hour
  • Use small spoon to take some truffle out and place in a chocolate shell
  • Cover in chocolate and allow to set

Step 5: Additional Fillings


Try out different fillings! Nutella is great in anything, and peanut butter is a natural choice.

Now what other candy hardware to make...?

For an Instructable on the Tiny Toolbox:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Tiny-Toolbox/


Comments

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holymoses made it! (author)2015-07-22

Yummy!

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mrbrian1969 made it! (author)2011-03-17

?nutella? the only place i've seen that is in the dominican republic. are you from the D.R.?

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AussieAnglerGal made it! (author)AussieAnglerGal2011-12-13

here in aussie they try and convince you nutella is GOOD for you..HA...

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mrbrian1969 made it! (author)mrbrian19692011-12-13

hey why not? yeah I see it in a bunch of recipes now, I wonder why I never saw it before?

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AussieAnglerGal made it! (author)AussieAnglerGal2011-12-13

yea, its like i never noticed how much i need corn syrup....maybe i better make an Ible on how to make it....

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DLL137 made it! (author)DLL1372011-03-22

we have it here in canada...

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derrick.daniels made it! (author)derrick.daniels2011-03-18

try walmart

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Keira_Yagami made it! (author)2011-08-09

I think it would have been cool if you had made a Sugar Toolbox...making an even better gift.

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RamDragon made it! (author)2011-05-04

I didn't see the question, but was there a food-safe consideration with your mold choice? Brilliant intructable, by the way. Perfect for mending a broken heart.

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annahowardshaw made it! (author)annahowardshaw2011-05-18

Don't worry, the silicone is food grade.

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sunshiine made it! (author)2011-05-16

This is soooo kewl! Nice ! Thanks for all your hard work.

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javajunkie1976 made it! (author)2011-03-14

Now someone needs to make other chocolate parts, ie. screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, etc!!

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annahowardshaw made it! (author)annahowardshaw2011-03-15

And chocolate wood to build with! Cherry flavored cherry...walnut with walnuts : )

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Dr. dB made it! (author)Dr. dB2011-03-28

...ironwood - Ouch!

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mslaynie made it! (author)mslaynie2011-03-17

Oooh, best answer EVER!!! Pecan with pecans... *giggles*

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annahowardshaw made it! (author)annahowardshaw2011-03-17

Nice one!

Ash would be gross. Bloodwood would be terrifying!

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mslaynie made it! (author)mslaynie2011-03-17

Ewww, ash would be really gross, I won't even THINK of bloodwood! *hides in the corner*

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big-jamie made it! (author)big-jamie2011-03-19

Dogwood...kinda illegal haha

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Dr. dB made it! (author)2011-03-28

...not entirely sure, but you probably have a screw loose to have though-up such a deliciously-nutty project...

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thecheatscalc made it! (author)2011-03-14

the pun is undenyable! I MUST make these! :P

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Dr. dB made it! (author)Dr. dB2011-03-28

...pundeniable...?

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nutsandbolts_64 made it! (author)2011-03-26

Hey, would chocolate bolts work? I just thought of that since my screen name is "nutsandbolts" and I saw this on my email so why not bolts?

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Dr. dB made it! (author)Dr. dB2011-03-28

A "fitting" variant on the theme, perhaps with dried-fruit-slice flat-washers?
...and you'll have to decide whether to go SAE or metric...?

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SWV1787 made it! (author)2011-03-14

Does it come with a warning label?

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nutsandbolts_64 made it! (author)nutsandbolts_642011-03-26

Dang, that should be my profile image.

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Madrigorne made it! (author)Madrigorne2011-03-18

instructables in general should have this warning label ;p :)

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boocat made it! (author)boocat2011-03-17

You are so funny!! :P

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Lindie made it! (author)2011-03-26

Fun idea!

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mary candy made it! (author)2011-03-23

OMG
I want to eat it all !

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big-jamie made it! (author)2011-03-19

gonna make these for my girlfriend as she loves chocolate but hates nuts and im such a good boyfriend i'll make her chocolate nuts ;) thank you for this instructable, brilliant idea.

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DLL137 made it! (author)DLL1372011-03-22

you're great! if my bf did that, i'd laugh my soxs off!

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annahowardshaw made it! (author)annahowardshaw2011-03-19

That's one lucky lady...

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Logicsama made it! (author)2011-03-18

hahahaaaaa this is so awesome I'm gonna make this for sure...

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ScottyAlmanjoy made it! (author)2011-03-17

If you made chocolate bolts, would the nuts be able to screw onto them?

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annahowardshaw made it! (author)annahowardshaw2011-03-17

I'm sure they would since they needed to be unscrewed off the mold and did retain the threads. But I'll have to pick up a big bolt and try it!

If anyone beats me to it (or molds some other hardware) please post a picture!
Maybe we could start a very specific candy store : )

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canida made it! (author)2011-03-17

This is utterly brilliant! I love them.

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SeamusDubh made it! (author)2011-03-15

One way to deal with the threading issue it to make the area of the mold smooth and use a tap to cut the threads like you would in metal.

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annahowardshaw made it! (author)annahowardshaw2011-03-15

Great suggestion! I was debating whether or not to remove the threads. It’s funnier to me to have them, but if one were to make these in large quantities, smoothing out the center would make it go more quickly and eliminate the need to cut the molds in half.

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tundrawolf made it! (author)tundrawolf2011-03-17

No way! The reason I clicked on this instructable was because I saw the threads and wondered if there were actual nuts dipped in chocolate. The threads are an amazing detail that sends this instructable over the top! Congratulations!

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NachoMahma made it! (author)2011-03-17

. Excellent!

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rusty0101 made it! (author)2011-03-17

A chocolate Anvil for the ACME fans.

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uneee made it! (author)2011-03-16

nice work

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Zanaji made it! (author)2011-03-16

This screams "Father's Day" to me, I think I'm making my dad some chocolate tools. :) Thanks for the idea.

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Vitality Effect made it! (author)2011-03-15

Something Bender From Futurama would eat??

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PeterTheUnGreat made it! (author)2011-03-15

This made me laugh.
Pete

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splazem made it! (author)2011-03-14

I'm going nuts for this instructable. Aw nuts, that's a dumb pun.

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ilpug made it! (author)2011-03-14

This opens up a world of possibilites.

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TechNerd1012 made it! (author)2011-03-14

I like this idea a lot! But before you use the nuts to form the mold, I would scrub them really well first, to get rid of any manufacturing oil/grease left on them. (Dont want to eat chocolate that tastes funky lol)
Nice ible though :D

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cdawisconsin made it! (author)2011-03-14

I'm so glad to see this idea made it to the front page. I have a father in law with peanut butter JARS filled with nuts and bolts in two states. This is a must for Father's Day. Great idea =)

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