I have fond childhood memories of making chocolates to give for gifts at Easter time and have often made chocolates as a classroom activity in my job as a teacher. I recently came across some Bilby chocolate moulds I thought would look gorgeous as gifts and help promote the Easter Bilby cause.
I gathered together some chocolate decorating materials, including coloured chocolate melts, food colouring, paintbrushes and squeeze bottles. I used two bilby moulds, one showing a mother and baby bilby, the other a small curled-up bilby.
First melt the chocolate using whichever method you prefer. I used the microwave.
If you want the chocolate to be coloured there are two ways of doing this. Use chocolate melts that are already coloured or tint melted white chocolate with food dye.
For the bilbies I used light pink for the ears and nose with grey chocolate for the body. To make the chocolate grey, add a bit of black food colouring to the melted white chocolate. Adding a few black coloured melts to the white chocolate also works.
Once you have the chocolate ready you can start adding it to the moulds. If you are adding coloured sections do this first. Add colour to the mould using a small paintbrush or a squeeze bottle. Let the chocolate set in the fridge for a few minutes.
Once the coloured chocolate is set, add the main quantity of chocolate to the mould. The chocolate should be level with the flat part of the mould. Tap the mould on the bench, to help the chocolate level and to remove air bubbles. Place the moulds in the fridge to set.
If you want to add a lolly stick it is best to place the stick into the chocolate and let it set a little. Then add some more chocolate over the stick to help it stay in place.
When the chocolate is hard take it out of the fridge and turn the mould onto a clean surface. Gently tap if any pieces are stuck.
At this point you can decorate the chocolate with edible glitter spray or coloured gel. Wrapping the chocolates on sticks makes a great little gift to give.
I made a few different versions. The bilbies in the top left of the picture are milk chocolate covered in edible silver spray with edible gel highlighting the ear, nose and eye. The bilby in the top right is grey chocolate, covered in silver spray with gel accents. The two at the bottom of the picture were done by painting in the pink chocolate and then adding the grey over the top.
They turned out really well, making a great and simple gift for children and adults to create.