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« on: September 21, 2013 02:10:04 AM »

I hope this is in the right spot, but I could not figure a better one.
So let's say you're planning a Harry Potter themed birthdary on rather short notice. And of course, after going through all the pain of designing your own chocolate frog boxes, printing and glueing them, you want chocolate frogs that do them justice!
But you can't get some, because you're living in a land where the art of baking MODERN STYLE is still considered... well freakish. So no frog mold for you, my girl, at least not in the short span of time until said birthday. So much for ordering in USA or UK or the likes.
But you WANT that frog real bad. You need it, or you'll stick with your nice-but-not-satisfying chocolate covered jelly froggies. No way.
Then it strucks you. Sure, you have no mold, but you do have a master!!! I present to you: Toy Frog the first.

He's about 4 to 5 cm long, detailed, but not too detailed. He's great. But he is no mold... comes a flashing idea.
Introducing: the metal foil sheet (made of aluminium, but god may know how it's called where you live...). Absolutely meant for cooking, touching foods and the like.

So now you wrap that frog in that foil sheet. Wrap tightly, try to have that sheet as close as possible without as many wrinkles as you can manage. You want the detail of your master, not of your wrinkles! Push firmly, make it plan, wrap tightly! Oh, and most important: leave open at bottom! I did that with putting the frog on the table and wrapping it from top down, pressing the foil down on the table while pushing it into the spaces created by feet and belly.
Looks like this:

...looked more like a wrapped frog without the flash, but, hey, whatever. You need the frog, not the pic.
Okay. Now comes the hardest part. Get your frog out of that foil without ripping it, without mashing it, without cutting that frog!
I just turned it and took it out. It's not bad if you need to tug a little bit, I even had to pry a little around his back - I just tried to push it back into the right form, as it was just popped out a bit.
Now get somewhere you can place your makeshift-mold the right way. This mold's deepest part is the head, when you place it upside-down on a plane, all the chocolate will flow out via the frog's bottom. Me, I used small muffin forms just big enough, another way could be to take a plate and fill it with rice or flour, just something that gives way but also support. Remember, your foil mold is rather fragile, so handle with care!
So, after making about as much of them as you need (maybe some more, things can go wrong, you know!), you just pour chocolate into them. Yes, you have to make one mold per desired frog, because these are one-use-only-molds. Nature gives no presents... you want fast, you don't get lasting.
Okay. Fill with chocolate. Let grow cold. Wait some more - just in case. Pry away foil. And - tadaaa - get this:

So even with some little finger or foot missing, it is soooo much better than that:


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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2013 05:31:08 AM »

How cool is this!!!  Genius.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2013 05:33:35 AM »

I think you just made a lot of Craftster Harry Potter fans very happy, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013 08:11:30 PM »

Mmmm! Chocolate frogs! How clever!
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