Guess who’s back with a brand new product review post?! 😄 I had so much fun sharing my first product testing post last month that when I decided to try another completely brand new-to-me product, I knew I had to share my experience and thoughts with all of you guys!
If you’ve been paying attention to my ramblings on Instagram Stories, or kept up with all my latest recipe posts, you may have noticed a certain theme continue to appear: chocolate! I’ve been playing around with chocolate a lot lately, and I am having a LOT of fun with it 😋
So far I have mostly used simple, no name white, milk, and dark chocolate buttons from my local supermarket – which are made for melting – and they have worked perfectly well, but when it came to needing coloured chocolate, I tend to hit a wall.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Wilton Candy Melts; they seem to be featured in almost every baking video on YouTube. I thought these would be my solution to needing coloured chocolate as I had heard colouring your own chocolate was a nightmare.
Well, so are Candy Melts. They’re super expensive over here in Australia (over $10 a bag!), and I always find that they never melt enough for me. No matter what I do, I am left with a sludge-y/fudge-y solution rather than a thin, smooth liquid. So, I decided to bite the bullet and test out colouring white chocolate myself!
Most of the chocolate colouring products I’ve seen are powders, which I have never worked with before, but hope to try them some day. I honestly didn’t think there WAS any other way to colour chocolate, until I saw these oil-based food colours for chocolate from Magic Colours.
During one of my last baking-themed events (perhaps the Cake Bake and Sweets Show last year, if I’m remembering correctly) I saw an array of Magic Colour’s colouring products for chocolate and knew I had to give them a try.
I bought a bottle of Choco Pink – which is the one I’m testing in today’s post – and Choco Violet. At only a few dollars each per bottle, they are cheaper than a lot of other food colour brands, and they are definitely worth it!
I wanted a pastel pink shade of chocolate to act as my “icing” for my chocolate donut, so I only had to add two drops of food colouring to my melted white chocolate, but it mixed in very well. I was convinced it would immediately seize up (those who are familiar with working with chocolate will understand: chocolate is SUPER temperamental!), but it didn’t at all 🙌
Another concern I had was that the colour wouldn’t be as true as the melts I use are actually quite yellow – NOT white – but the chocolate turned a very lovely pastel pink, and I’m sure would have deepened just as nicely had I added more product to the chocolate.
Now that we know that Magic Colours’ chocolate food colouring does its job very well, here’s how to make your own mini chocolate donuts!
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ Mini silicon donut mould (I got mine from Daiso – of course!)
♡ White AND milk chocolate melts
♡ Magic Colours chocolate food colouring
♡ Microwavable bowl and spoon
♡ Sprinkles of your choice (mine are from Dollar Sweets)
1. Place a small handful of chocolate melts into your microwavable bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments. You want roughly 50% milk chocolate and 50% white.
I actually used 75% milk chocolate, but found that the end result was a bit too dark compared to real donuts, so I recommend using more white chocolate than I did.
2. Stir your melted chocolate together until it is all the same colour, then spoon into your donut moulds.
If you spill any outside of the mould – or where the donut hole should be – you can easily pick it off later once it has set.
3. Place the mould in the fridge for 10 or so minutes until the chocolate is set.
4. Scatter some sprinkles on a small plate or flat ramekin so they are easy to pick up with your fingers when you need them.
Chocolate sets very quickly, so time is of the essence during the decorating stage!
5. Take your donut mould out of the fridge and pop out your chocolate donuts on to a plate.
6. Wash and dry the microwavable bowl and spoon you used earlier. Place some white chocolate melts in the bowl, melt them in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
7. Add two drops of your Magic Colours chocolate food colouring into your melted chocolate, and stir with a spoon.
8. Working very quickly, use one hand to dip the round end (NOT the spike!) of a toothpick/skewer into your pink chocolate, and dab it onto your chocolate donuts so that you’re essentially “painting” it on.
9. Whilst you’re adding the pink chocolate, use your other hand to pick up your sprinkles with your finger trips and sprinkle them on the pink chocolate as you go around the chocolate donut.
The pink chocolate will set super quickly – especially if your chocolate donut is still cold – so make sure you add the sprinkles beforehand!
10. If you miss a few spots and the pink chocolate has set, just dab a little more on with your toothpick and add more sprinkles to that area until you’re happy with the amount. Then, you’re done!
This was such a quick, fun way to play around with a new product and see what it can do. Plus, it was only fuelled my desire to use chocolate in the kitchen more.
I’d love to create some kind of filling to add to the middle of some small bite-size pieces of chocolates, as I’ve never done anything like that before!
I also really want to give modelling chocolate a go, as I found a supposedly “fool proof” recipe to make it at home, but I’m a little nervous to give it a go 🙊
Leave me a comment below and let me know what chocolate-inspired creation you’d like to see next – OR what product you would like me to test out! 👇
Until next time,