Who can resist a Nerd? Or is it a box of Nerds? Maybe some Very Nerdy Smooching Nerds?
I keep telling my other half that I am going to have a "Nerd" themed wedding cake topper. Although, I guess he needs to ask me to marry him first but thats just a detail. I figured it would be a good time to start praticing making Nerds and maybe you would enjoy it too. Otherwise, they would cute Halloween decorations that actually taste good.
Things You Will Need:
Chocolate (Atleast 12 Ounces,bI used actual white chocolate but have read that almond bark or colored candy disk are better)
Small Bowls or Lids
Wax Paper (I used a Plastic Bag Instead)
Step 1: Get Your Chocolate Ready
12 Ounces of Chocolate
1/4 cup of Corn Syrup
First, the chocolate needs to be melted. I chose to melt the chocolate in the microwave instead on the oven. Pour your chocolates in a microwaveable bowl and place in the microwave. You want to heat the chocolate for around 2 minutes but in intervals. First start with 30 seconds and then try stirring. Then Place back in the microwave for 25 seconds and then Stir. Keep doing this till the chocolate softens. Don't get the chocolate too hot because it will burn! Looks can be deceiving, so the chocolate may look not melted when it actually is. I placed the chocolate in a new bowl and stirred for around 3-5 minutes to get the temperature of the chocolate to come down a little before adding the cornsyrup. Then measure and pour your corn syrup into the chocolate. Keep mixing till the chocolate becomes not as griddy. Place modeling clay in a bag and let stand for 2 hours.
Step 2: Forming the Nerd
Before I get into the Nerd Forming, please note that you can make your nerds have color by adding food coloring and kneeding it into the dough.
First you want to pull off enough chocolate to make your body. You want to roll the chocolate modeling clay like you would when making a breadstick. Although, you want one side to be thicker than the other (Cone Shape). Then fold the smaller part of the dough over the larger to make some separation of the head and body.
To make the legs, first make two even sized balls. Roll them out and then curve to make the leg. Attach one to each side of the body.
To make eyes, roll out small pieces of dough and slighty flatten. Then Place on top of the Nerd's Head.
Repeat the steps to make your other Nerd.
Note: My dough got a little sticky at times, I tried two different methods that both worked. First, I placed the dough in the freezer for 10-15 seconds to cool it off. The other thing was to use a little bit of corn starch so the clay didn't stick to my hands.
Step 3: Decorating Your Nerds
I felt like the white Nerds needed some color. So I added the actual candy Nerds. I strongly recomment if you decide to do this step to pre-sort your candy. Or if your lucky, con someone into doing it for you. Free Left Over Nerds! To get the Nerds to attach to the Chocolate, make sure that you press them in firmly.
I added a hat and a flower to distinguish the two Nerds. I also wanted to add a bow tie to one of them but I figured you wouldn't have been able to see it.
Turn your Nerds to face each other so that they can pucker up and smooch!
Hope you Enjoy!
By the way, you might want to make a decoy Nerd so that when you leave the kitchen neither of your smooching nerd have a missing arm, leg, or eye when you come back.