Introduction: (Mis)Fortune Eggs

These chocolate "fortune cookie" eggs are both a treat and a trick. I got the idea while brainstorming funny snacks I could have at my adult easter brunch. They're so easy to do that you can still pop some out time to surprise your Easter guests!

In a way, it's a bit of a party game. You know how when you go to a Chinese restaurant with friends you usually end up going around the table reading the fortunes from your cookies? This is what I'm doing for my Easter brunch guests; each hollow egg will contain a fortune, and one person's egg will have a shocking, decidedly un-sunny fortune that contrasts with everyone else's. Does anyone remember the "Rocko's Modern Life" episode where Filbert got a horrible fortune cookie?

If your friends appreciate a little offbeat/dark humor with their chocolate, this ought to get a good laugh (possibly preceded or followed by a hearty "WTF??").

Step 1: You Will Need...

Egg shaped candy molds --I got mine here and have been really happy with it. The size is comparable to a large chicken egg, which leaves you plenty of space for your chosen filling.

Wilton Candy Melts --these come in a vast rainbow of colors, but I went with classic dark cocoa. As much as I was dying to do lavender, light blue, or yellow eggs, I've found that most of my friends say they don't like "white" chocolate and I actually wanted people to eat these. You could also use chocolate chips in the flavor/ color of your choice.

Spoon

Microwavable Bowl

Cookie Sheet

Festive colored paper (at least one side clear for writing)

Scissors

Fine tip pen

Step 2: Melt

Pour 1/3 of your Wilton Melts into a microwave safe bowl. This should yield 10-12 chicken egg size eggs.

Microwave on High for 30 seconds.

Stir

Microwave on High for another 30 seconds.

Stir.

This should leave you with an ideal texture for mold application. Thick, not totally liquid, and all the lumps should be gone. You want it viscous enough to stick to the sides of your mold without sliding down.

Step 3: Apply to the Molds

Dollop a spoonful of chocolate into an egg mold.

Use the back of the spoon to push the chocolate around and up the sides of the mold, almost painting with it. Full coverage may take 2-3 spoonfuls.

Don't worry about making the insides totally smooth. The outsides of your egg will be smooth and pretty, and that'll get the WOW factor from your recipients.

Make sure you bring the chocolate all the way up the sides, to the brim of the mold. Going a little outside the mold is fine, as the excess will likely fall off when you de-mold the eggs.

Hold your mold up to the light to check for thin spots. If you can see light shining through the chocolate, the wall may be too thin and at risk of breaking when you de-mold. Apply a spot of chocolate to any thin spots you find.

Refrigerate 15-20 minutes to set the chocolate.

* Save your excess chocolate because we'll use it to seal the eggs later. It's ok to let it solidify. You can always re-microwave it later when you're ready to work.

Step 4: De-Molding

When de-molding the eggs, I like to work over a cookie sheet. This ensures your eggs will drop out onto a clean, level surface.

Sometimes the mere temperature change will cause eggs to drop out of the mold.

Flip the mold upside down onto the cookie sheet and then lift up. See if any drop out freely.

If not, a gentle press on the back of the mold with your thumb will usually loosen the chocolate.

If the thumb tactic still doesn't do it, give the mold a good slap on the cookie sheet.

I've used all three methods and haven't had a broken egg yet.

Now you have pairs of egg halves and you can see how wonderfully shiny and perfect the outside is. You can line up two halves and get a sense of your whole egg size.

Avoid excessive handling as the warmth of your hands can re-melt the chocolate and leave fingerprints in the surface. If I'm not ready to finish the eggs just yet, I like to store them in the fridge for safe keeping.

Step 5: Fortunes

If you'd like to go the straight up sweets route, you obviously have a lot of great options for egg fillings: jelly beans, sweet tarts, or a homemade cream like that in this faux Cadbury recipe I tried recently.

For those endeavoring to make these into MisFortune Eggs, it's time to bust out a pen, paper, and your inner poet.

Cut paper into small strips. Make them at least 3/4 inch x 2 inches to give you room to write. I found these origami papers with fun prints that had a blank white back side.

Write out the fortunes, one for each egg. Google "fortune cookies" to get inspired by some classics, or make up your own. Bonus points if you can make them all work with the "in bed" rule! I chose to go with some standards that are rather plain, to help contrast the joke egg.

Fold or roll fortunes so they'll fit comfortably inside the eggs.

Step 6: Sealing

Re-heat your leftover chocolate from earlier, 30 seconds in on High in the microwave. If it isn't quite melted after that, give it another 15 seconds.

Put your fortune into one half of an egg.

Hold two opposing halves together to form a whole.

Using a spoon, spread a thin line of melted chocolate down the seam of the egg. You can use the tip of the spoon to smooth as you go. Continue to rotate in your hand, sealing up the mid seam entirely. You'll notice that my seam application isn't as glossy smooth as the rest of the egg. If anyone has tips on sealing hollow candies I'd love to hear them. Ultimately, I find that my guests don't usually sweat perfection as much as I do, so this works well enough for the purpose at hand, even if it's a bit rougher than I'd like.

Place eggs back in the fridge 10 minutes. I find it is best to place them in a bowl or pan with high sides to keep them from rolling everywhere. Rest eggs so that the seam runs parallel to the pan surface. This will reduce the risk of sliding or falling open before cooling.

Step 7: DONE!

Your Misfortune Eggs are ready to serve to your (un) lucky guests! Their first bite will reveal their fortune, so just sit back and watch the laughs.

I suggest keeping the eggs refrigerated until you're ready to serve. While the chocolate should be fine at room temp, one sunny window could ruin everything.

If you want to get extra fancy, you can wrap your eggs in foil candy wrappers. The gold wrappers I got were also a Wilton product, and were a bit too small for the eggs. Since using two wrappers to get full coverage yielded a rather unpolished look, I served mine au natural. Wrappers may be a good idea if you plan to transport these, like taking them in to the office for co-workers, etc.

You can find MisFortune Eggs in the Pranks challenge and Eggs challenge. Send over a vote or tell me your funny, foreboding fortune ideas!

Comments

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billbillt made it! (author)2015-05-19

HaHa!!... These are funny... It reminds me of the time when my son was 10 he faked a fortune cookie for me... I remember being shocked to read: "May you rot in your grave from an early death"...HaHa!!.. Great!!...

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-05-19

Ha! I find a sick sense of humor is usually an indicator that someone is pretty smart. Sounds like you're raising a good one!

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BuhRanDoneDIY made it! (author)2015-04-14

I really like this idea. Great job on the idea and effort.

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Danger is my middle name made it! (author)2015-04-14

haha, this is too funny

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world of woodcraft made it! (author)2015-04-10

Lol fantastic

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Undergrowth Moose made it! (author)2015-04-07

I made these as a late april fool's day prank by putting a mix of hot sauce and egg yolk in for my older brother and it was hilarious! Thanks for the idea XD

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-07

oh DANG! That's like a super evil combo of the two pranks I submitted. That must have been unpleasant and messy and very fun to watch! Glad you got some use out of it!

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Undergrowth Moose made it! (author)Undergrowth Moose2015-04-09

He never suspected a thing, haha! Thanks for posting!

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lsutton3 made it! (author)2015-04-06

Awesome idea

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Andydimarzio made it! (author)2015-04-05

Excellent idea Ashley! Haha! Everbody needs a bit of misfortune once in a while :-) voted!

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-05

Thanks! It can't be good luck all the time, right?

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crank_girl made it! (author)2015-04-05

Great idea! I've just donated to a kickstarter project for something very similar. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/devilsdue/misfortune-cookies-not-so-fortunate-messages

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-05

Nice! I was unaware of their project but I'm glad someone's doing snarky cookies! I also thought about making rude L.A. fortune eggs. They'd say things like "Leave the Past Behind You...including that awful screenplay you've been working on for 3 years". I figured it may be too specific to be funny to everyone, but I still might spring it on local friends someday ;)

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Tecwyn Twmffat made it! (author)2015-04-04

WTF! ..... Voted for being totally OTW.

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-04

Thanks! They do seem like something you'd enjoy ;)

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cmadsen5 made it! (author)2015-04-04

AWESOME!!!

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fluffy52601 made it! (author)2015-04-03

Voted;)

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-03

Thanks! There are lots of good entries in both contests, but I figured I'd put this up for the Easter mischief makers anyway :)

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SpiderTech made it! (author)2015-04-03

very nice. A tip on sealing the eggs:
make the walls of the edges a little thicker and then use melted chocolate as a "glue" to hold the two halves together. If they are thick enough you could probably also just melt the surface that would make contact with the other half and then press them together. I did this with chocolate molded using a Deathstar ice cube mold and it works quite well.

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-03

The substance used to seal the eggs is melted chocolate, as directed above. I agree that thick rims make for an easier bond. What did you use to warm the edges of your cast halves without accidentally warming the whole thing up? I feel like I need a very tiny hairdryer...

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SpiderTech made it! (author)SpiderTech2015-04-03

the first time I did it I used a heated up butter knife. later I started using my butane soldering iron with a hot knife attachment. Once it got hot enough I just rubbed the edges over the tip and pressed the two halves together. It melded just enough on both halves to make a good bond.

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-03

Nice! I'll try the heated knife on the next batch. That sounds like a great way to control the application. Thanks for the tip.

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rathemighty made it! (author)2015-04-03

Hello, Filbert!

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ashleyjlong made it! (author)ashleyjlong2015-04-03

You turn the page, you wash your hands... you turn the page, you wash your hands...

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tomatoskins made it! (author)2015-04-03

This is awesome! I've often thought how terrible it would be to get a bad fourtune in a cookie, but this take it to the next level!

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