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How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs from Blown Out Eggs
It's that time of year again! Valentine's Day is over, so the aisles of the discount stores are starting to fill up with all kinds of Easter candy, rabbits, baskets and egg-coloring kits. Of course all of these things are very tempting, and it's easy to toss money at the businesses to purchase these items for Easter, but isn't it more fun to do it on your own at home? Besides, if you do it yourself, you get more control over the process and can make your eggs and gifts exactly the way that you want them to be!
We already started out by learning how to blow eggs for decorating and then how to decorate eggs using natural dyes from things you already have. Now it's time to learn what to do with those eggs that you've blown and decorated with your natural dyes. Of course you can fill your eggs with a number of different things, but this time, we're going to fill your blown eggs with chocolate, to make chocolate Easter eggs in natural chicken eggshells.
The illustration above is a good example of what these eggs will look like if they aren't colored.
Which do you prefer?
Why Make Natural Chocolate Easter Eggs?
Of course the main reason that you want to do this is because it's a ton of fun. You could always go to the store and purchase those plastic eggs and fill them with jelly beans or chocolate candies such as M&Ms, but what fun is there in that? The purpose of all of these activities is to have a lot of fun doing them, and it starts with doing the projects yourself. Natural materials may sometimes be a bit more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, but they're worth the effort and the money you put into them.
Think of the look on your son's face when he goes to crack into that hard-boiled egg he found in his Easter basket only to discover that instead of egg inside of it, he's treated to real chocolate!
The method found on this page is fantastic because the eggs are natural chicken eggs, preferably dyed naturally using vegetables, fruits, coffee and juices, and they look for all the world as though they are just your typical Easter eggs. But they aren't! When you crack the shell on these beauties, you get a chocolate delight instead of a boiled egg!
Step One: Blow Out Your Easter Eggs
I've already written a guide to blowing Easter Eggs, but I want to cover some tips that work very well specifically for this project. Because you want to, as much as possible, give the illusion that these are whole and intact eggs, without having to use tape or other means to seal holes, you're going to be working with smaller holes than you'd be making were you to use these eggs for decoration and not for food containers.
The instructions you can find on the page linked above will still work. This time, however, I'm going to suggest that you use a toothpick to break up the yolk inside the egg. If you do not intend to use your insides right away, they will need to be saved for scrambling later or discarded.
Before blowing your eggs, please make sure that you thoroughly wash them to eliminate the risk of Salmonella!
Step Two: Clean Your Easter Eggs
If you've just blown out your eggs, you'll need to make sure that they are really clean for this project. You don't want any residue inside the egg or on the outside, and the recommended method of cleaning the eggs is to boil the shells. They're sturdier than you probably think (though if you've poked holes in them you probably already have an idea of how well made they are).
This process is simple Bring a pot of water to a boil, add two tablespoons of white vinegar, and submerge the eggs in the water. You may wish to use a spoon to hold them under the water as it boils, but be careful of scalding yourself as the water bubbles! The boiling process should remove the residue from your eggs and make them ready for filling. Just make sure to give them a good rinse, first!
Note that you'll have to hold the eggs under the dye solution in order to color them completely. Without their insides, they don't have the weight they did before blowing.
Step Three: Color Your Easter Eggs
The next step is to dye your Easter eggs. This can be done with either a synthetic color that you purchase the store or with natural food dyes found in your fridge and pantry. Coloring them this way is the precursor to painting any designs on them, should you wish to do so. Prepare your eggs by submerging them in the solution you've made either from dye tablets or from food items you have in your pantry and you should be able to get a good color on your eggs before it's time to paint them.
Once the eggs have been colored, they need to dry thoroughly before they can either be painted or be filled with the chocolate filling that will produce the chocolate eggs that are your ultimate goal. Pat them dry with paper towels and then let them dry completely before painting or filling your eggs with the chocolate.
Step Four: Temper Your Chocolate
Use a good quality candy-making chocolate for this process!
The next step to making chocolate Easter eggs in natural shells is to temper your chocolate. You'll find several methods for doing this online, but the video to the right explains this very well with a practical demonstration of the process of tempering the chocolate. This process should work for milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate, and the process of tempering will ensure that the chocolate sets with a nice gloss to its outer appearance.
Step Five: Fill Egg "Molds" with Chocolate
Using a pastry bag, fill it with the chocolate that you have ready and tempered. Use a small tip for your piping bag.
With the eggs positioned in an egg carton, place the small tip of your pastry bag into the larger opening in your eggs and then gently squeeze the chocolate into your eggs. Fill them right up to the top to produce a solid chocolate egg which will maintain its shape when the eggshell is cracked off of it.
Chocolate eggs should be left in their cartons to fully set, which should take between four and five hours before they can be used.
Step Six: Fill Dem Baskets!
Once your eggs have set, they are ready to go into your Easter baskets! Children who are accustomed to having hard-boiled eggs in their baskets will be thrilled to find chocolate instead, and you still get to have all the fun of coloring your eggs, and adding the chocolate, too!
These eggs won't work for outdoor egg hunts, so keep that in mind. Outdoor hunts are best done with plastic eggs that are safe from the elements.
© 2014 Becki Rizzuti