Chocolate Painting


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Introduction: Chocolate Painting

Easily turn (almost) any picture into a chocolate painting. Can be used as a cake decoration, or a

personalized gift.

Step 1: Finding the Picture

You will need:
- Printer and paper
- white parchment paper
- baking spray or oil
- tape
- cutting board
- white chocolate
- dark chocolate
- clean thin paintbrushes
- toothpicks

Find the picture you'd like to paint, or take it yourself.
Pictures with high contrast work best.

With a picture editing software, make it a black and white picture.

Then turn up the contrast so much that it only has two colors: Black and white.

Flip it horizontally and print the result.

As an alternative, if you google pumpkin carving patterns, you may find some nice pictures that you can print directly.

Now tape the picture to the cutting board.

Step 2: Preparing the Picture

Tape the parchment paper on top of it.

Put some cooking spray or oil on a kitchen towel, and wipe the parchment paper with it to lightly grease it.

Step 3: Melt the Chocolate

Break the white chocolate into pieces and melt it in the microwave or in a double boiler.

Step 4: Painting the White Areas

Using a paintbrush or toothpicks, paint the white areas of the picture.

Put it in the fridge until it is completely hardened.

Step 5: Adding the Dark Chocolate

Then melt the dark chocolate and pour it over the whole design, the thicker, the better.

Let this harden completely as well.

Step 6: All Done!

Now you should be able to flip the chocolate piece over and peel off the parchment paper.

You can use this as a cake topper, or just a piece of candy.

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    84 Comments

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    NatureGeek24
    NatureGeek24

    10 years ago on Introduction

    My youngest is a chocolate fiend! We did this for her first communion- it was a hit. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    sarahlynnmurphy
    sarahlynnmurphy

    8 years ago

    Fabulous!!!!! Can't wait to try this one!!!!

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    skeggja
    skeggja

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for this good idea!! I did a picture of my son :o)

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    kjbrasda
    kjbrasda

    11 years ago on Introduction

    What am I doing wrong? My white chocolate beads up and refuses to lay nice, even when I skip the oil. This makes it completely impossible to do any sort of details at all. thanks!

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    RoaringSilence
    RoaringSilence

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm that's a tough question.. I've never had that problem. Are you sure you're using actual white chocolate, and not some chocolate chip product? That may make the difference. Or maybe you need to add some shortening to the chocolate when you're melting it. I hope you'll find something that works, maybe you just need to try different kinds of white chocolate. Good luck!

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    kjbrasda
    kjbrasda

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, I did use the chips, I didn't know there was a difference. I'll try the block kind next time. thank you!

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    butterbeans
    butterbeans

    10 years ago on Introduction

    very nice effect. i will definitely use this technique one day. thanks for sharing!

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    Chocolate Moose

    ... In nomine patri, et phili *click* et spiructus sancti
    *bang*
    Awesome instructable

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    GarrettMoylan
    GarrettMoylan

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    in nomine patri, et FILI in spiritus sancti. The Romans never used "ph"...

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    Gliucoza
    Gliucoza

    12 years ago on Step 3

    I once melted chocolate in glass bowl for 3 minutes in microwave. there was a lot of steam so I opened it . I took the bowl out put it on the table and the bowl broke of heat!!! I took both halfs put it in the sink so it would cool. the house smelled all day!! I'll be more carefull next time.

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    Aznhick
    Aznhick

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    You never need more than about a minute to melt chocolate. The outside may not look melted but overall the temperature of the chocolate is enough to melt it. Just put in on low in 20¬30 second bursts until you can stir the chocolate into a liquid. You can keep the chocolate melted by using a hair drier on low setting and then stirring.

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    RoaringSilence
    RoaringSilence

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Ahh that's horrible. Hope you saw all the tips below on how to prevent that next time. Good luck!

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    Pumuckl
    Pumuckl

    10 years ago on Step 6

    this could potentially be the most tasty painting project ever! I think I'm going to try to use it to make personalized cookies... maybe melt a little extra chocolate to adhere the hardened paintings to a cookie? This is awesome.

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    beans8604
    beans8604

    11 years ago on Introduction

     this was awesome, fun, and quick to do. Great idea thank you so much!

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    atlas_junkie
    atlas_junkie

    11 years ago on Step 6

    This is a fantastic idea!  I did something similar, years ago, but I never thought to use a personal photo and just up the contrast like that.  I'm definitely going to do this.  Ha!  Everyone will marvel at my talent... suckers!  Thanks for the Instructable.