How To Make Your Own Chocolate Easter Bunny

Making your own chocolate Easter Bunny is easier than you may think.

Making your own chocolate Easter Bunny is easier than you may think. With these simple instructions, you'll be making Easter bunnies for everybody you know!

The first step in making your own Easter bunny is in choosing the style of bunny you would like. With the popularity of candy making at home, most craft supply stores carry plastic and or ceramic candy forms and other candy making supplies. Choosing the bunny mold that you like is the first step.

The next step is deciding what type of chocolate you would like to make your Easter bunny with. The choices are nearly endless! It is no longer necessary to mix your own chocolate from scratch. At the same craft supply store that you purchased your mold, you'll likely find a wide variety of candy melts (bags of small round chips of chocolate). Candy melts come in many varieties. The traditional choices are milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate. Pick your pleasure and prepare for some candy making fun!

The tools you'll need for making your Easter bunny are quite simple. If you have a microwave oven, a large glass or plastic liquid measuring cup (preferably a 4-cup size) and a spoon will do. Simply pour your chosen candy melts into the measuring cup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. This should soften the melts somewhat. Since microwave ovens vary, you'll need to watch them very closely. After the initial 30 seconds, stir the melts. Continue the microwave/stir process until, with a bit of stirring, the melts completely dissolve and are of a pourable consistency.

If you are melting your chocolate on a stovetop, use the double boiler method by boiling a few cups of water in one pot. Once the water has boiled, place a smaller pot, containing the candy melts, over the pot of water or just inside it but insuring that the water does not get into the chocolate. Stir the melts until they dissolve into a pourable consistency.

Once they are ready to pour, pour the thick liquid into your bunny form. Lightly shake the form as you pour so that the chocolate will settle smoothly into the entire form without bubbles. Once your chocolate is settled into the form and level with the top of the form, carefully place the filled form on a level shelf in your freezer. Remember to never store your chocolate in the freezer. The freezer should only be used to "set" the chocolate. Check your bunny after about one-half hour. If the chocolate is solid to the touch at the thickest part of the mold, then it is ready to be removed from the freezer.

Carefully, over a hand towel so as not to chip your bunny, turn the form over to let the bunny fall out. If it doesn't fall out of the form, don't force it. Simply let it set in the freezer for another half hour. Follow this procedure until your bunny falls out of the form easily. Once the bunny is released from the form, wrap it carefully in plastic wrap or cellophane.

Once you are comfortable with this process, you can begin getting creative with your bunnies.

Here are a few options:

Add crisp rice cereal to your melted chocolate to create a crunchy chocolate bunny.

Coat the bottom and sides of the form with chocolate, let it set in the freezer, then add peanut butter to the inside, ensuring you do not touch the sides of the form with it and leaving enough room for another layer of chocolate, let it set in the freezer, and then finally add a sealing layer of chocolate over the peanut butter and filling in the entire form, and letting it set in the freezer one final time. (Other fillings, like fudge, can also be used in this process to create a truffle style Easter bunny.)

Whether you choose to make a solid chocolate Easter bunny or a crunchy or filled Easter bunny, this is an amazingly simple process that can add a gourmet touch to any Easter basket.

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