February/March: Hollywood Awards Season
Add some edible elegance to your Oscar watch party and give guests mini Oscar chocolate statuettes! They may not walk away with an expensive Hollywood swag bag, but they still get a fancy favor from you at a fraction of the cost!
To make these knockoffs inspired by the candy creations of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, you need a mini mold or two (we purchased one from eBay from a seller in the United Kingdom, probably because the Oscar design is proprietary in the United States). A 12-ounce bag of melted chocolate yields 10-11 mini Oscar chocolates. Paint them with gold edible powder for a fabulous finish. Place them in treat sacks and into swag bags or display them as dazzling decorations on an Oscar-themed dessert table.
These Oscar chocolates are sure to be the biggest stars at your movie night celebrations—and you definitely win the award for being the Best Host(ess)!
(Inspired by HMH Designs)
- 12 ounces chocolate wafers/candy melts (such as Ghirardelli or Wilton brands)
- alcohol, such as EverClear, tequila or vodka (optional)
- gold edible powder (we used CK brand)
Melt the chocolate according to the package instructions. Fill the mold, tapping lightly to level out the chocolate. Refrigerate until firm, around 15 minutes. Unmold carefully on a paper towel. If the chocolate breaks, dip a little into melted chocolate and “glue” back together. Smooth out the edges and breaks with a warm finger. Continue molding the rest of the Oscar chocolate statuettes.
Spread a little melted chocolate on one half of the unmolded chocolate. Press the other Oscar half together. Continue with the rest of the Oscar statuettes, taking care to keep them dry and cool.
When ready to paint them with edible gold powder, make a thin paste with the alcohol (make sure it is not too watery). Work quickly and brush the gold paint over the surface of the Oscar chocolates. Let dry and retouch with more gold paint, if necessary. Keep them dry and cool until ready to serve.
- We tried spraying edible gold aerosol paint (such as AmeriColor brand food color spray and Wilton brand color mist) on the Oscar chocolates but they did not adhere to the chocolate very well. Coverage was uneven, leaving liquid spots on the surface.
- Alcohol mixed with the edible gold dust is optional and the Oscar chocolates may be dusted dry instead. The surface will not be as shiny as those applied with the alcohol mixture but it still has a shimmery surface.
- Bake some Hollywood cookies as another dessert for movie nights and Oscar watch parties.