I had grown up with the notion that to create Easter eggs, you had to melt chocolate and brush it in layers into the mould, building it up over time to a descent thickness. Although a great little hobby project for creating a handful of eggs, this just takes far too long if you want to create a large number of them. It also isn't nearly as adventurous as I would like!
To complete this project, you will need...
Chocolate (well duh!)
Cadbury mini eggs (for the dotty effect)
An Easter egg mould
3 Elastic bands
A K'Nex Roto moulding machine (see my instructable of how to build one of these here)
Step 1: Build the Machine
The basic principle is simple; the machine spins the mould in all directions, causing the melted material inside to be washed around the outside until it coats it. Magic!
Step 2: Melt the Chocolate
Now you get to choose your chocolate. Depending on how much money you want to spend, you can vary what quality chocolate you buy. In the end, despite the photo, we bulk bought a pile of cadbury's dairy milk from costco to make ours.
Pop it in the microwave to melt it, but be careful not to burn it!
Step 3: Crush the Mini Eggs
Step 4: Fill the Mould
Once you have melted the chocolate, you are literally against the clock, so make sure you are quick getting it in (and have the moulds ready to go).
We already had one side of the mould taped up to save time here.
Step 5: Tape Up the Edges
Step 6: Strap to the Machine
We would generally leave ours for about ten minutes to make sure it is coated well on the inside.
Step 7: Shove in the Freezer
When you are happy that it is well coated, take the Easter egg and shove it in the freezer as soon as possible, giving it about 30 mins to cool. This will make sure that the chocolate doesn't all seep to one side of the egg (see the picture of a failed one!).
Step 8: Remove From Mould
Normal icing pens work well for decoration, and with a small amount of cellophane you can make the eggs look very pretty indeed.