Step 1: What You'll Need:
6 ounces melted and tempered pure dark chocolate or melted confectionery coating/candy melts
6" egg shaped cookie cutter*
baking sheet lined with parchment paper
rubber spatula or spoon
kitchen twine or ribbon
dark modeling chocolate (recipe here)
cocoa powder for dusting work surface
pizza wheel or knife
fine tip paint brush (new or one that is used for food projects only)
penguin decoration template (download here)
white modeling chocolate (1/4 of a recipe - here)
orange food coloring
powdered sugar for dusting work surface
small amount of corn syrup (less than a teaspoon)
candy, nuts, cookies, or chocolate to fill your box
If making white chocolate snowflakes:
10 ounces melted and tempered white chocolate or melted white confectionery coating/candy melts
snowflake chocolate molds
disposable pastry bag or spoon
*If you don't have a 6" egg cutter, you can use any size you have. Just adjust the size of the penguin decoration template pieces to fit the egg you use.
Step 2: Make an Egg Shaped Box Base and Lid:
Step 3: Remove Chocolate From Egg Shaped Cookie Cutter.
You will need to repeat the process above to make the second egg. You need one egg shaped base and one egg shaped lid. Be sure to reserve about an ounce of melted chocolate to use as the glue that will hold the pieces of your box together. Once you un-mold your eggs, turn them upside down and use the smooth side of each egg for the base and top of your box.
Step 4: Create the Sides of the Box Out of Modeling Chocolate.
Step 5: Add Chocolate "glue" to Modeling Chocolate Strip.
Step 6: Attach the Modeling Chocolate Strip to the Base.
Step 7: Download Template and Cut Out Penguin Decorations.
Dust a clean cutting board with powdered sugar. Roll out some white modeling chocolate to about 1/16" thickness. Set the largest cut out oval and the small circle on top. Use a knife to cut out around each shape making one oval for the white on the penguin's body and two circles for the eyes. Pinch off a small amount of white modeling chocolate and color it orange (detailed instructions here.) Roll out the orange modeling chocolate. Set the smallest oval and the triangle on top. Cut out around each shape making two ovals for the feet and one triangle for the beak. Roll out some dark modeling chocolate and cut out two of the medium ovals for the wings. To make the pupils of the eyes, pinch off two small bits of dark and roll into balls. Flatten into small circles.
Step 8: Create Penguin Box Lid.
Step 9: Make White Chocolate Snowflakes.
Tap the mold on the counter to level the chocolate and remove any air bubbles. Refrigerate if using white chocolate and freeze if using confectionery coating/candy melts just until the snowflakes set up, about 8-10 minutes. Turn the mold upside down and allow the snowflakes to fall out onto the counter. You may need to bend the mold or press on the backside of the mold to release the candy. If the candy wont release, it may not be set. Chill longer until they do release.