Here’s a special geek treat for Easter – Chocolate Spider-Man Easter eggs! (They’d also make a great favor or treat for a superhero or Spider-Man themed party…) I’ve found that making Spider-Man faces works really well for Easter/Spring treats because the egg shape also just so happens to be a great approximation of the human head. (You could also try this kind of thing with cookies using an egg-shaped cookie cutter.)
These chocolate eggs can be made with fillings; I used my grandmother’s recipes for peanut butter and coconut cream fillings (Sorry – I’d include them here, but they’re a family “secret.”). Both work great with chocolate. But feel free to use anything that might float your boat. (Some ideas: chocolate truffle filling, raspberry or strawberry cream, or marshmallow cream. If you want to do a peanut butter filling, I recommend searching the web for a “buckeye” candy recipe.) You can also make them out of solid chocolate, if that is your preference. Read below for the how to.
Ingredients and Materials Needed:
- Red Candy Melts (I used Wilton’s, which you can purchase from Amazon or Michaels. As to quantity, how much you buy will depend on how many eggs you want to make. I used 3 bags, which made 40 eggs. But, depending on your filling recipe, you might end up with a lot of leftover filling with only 40 eggs – as I did using Grandma’s recipes.)
- White Candy Melts or White Chocolate Chips (I purchased one bag, which was more than enough to make the 40 eggs.)
- Black Candy Melts or Dark Chocolate Chips (The darker you can find, the better, as you want to try and get as close to black as you can approximate with chocolate. I also purchased only one bag of these candy melts, which was plenty to make 40 eggs.)
- The ingredients for whichever filling recipe you prefer
- One or more chocolate, half-egg, plain (no designs) candy molds (This is the one I used.)
- A flat paint brush (The link is to give you an idea of what I mean, but buy a cheap disposable one.)
- A #1 (smallest you can find) round decorating tip, a coupler, and a set of disposable decorating bags (You’ll need two decorating bags for this project – one for the white chocolate and one for the dark chocolate.)
- A microwave safe bowl/measuring cup for melting the chocolate
Melt the red candy in the microwave following the directions on the package.
Pour a little bit of the chocolate into each mold. (Don’t fill the mold all the way – only about 1/3 – if you’re going to do a filling, because you are going to make a “shell” for the filling to go into.)
Using a flat paint brush, brush the candy up the sides of the mold (it will stick naturally without any difficulty) to form a candy “shell.” Allow to set for approximately 10-15 minutes.
Note: Usually you don’t want to freeze chocolate, because once you remove it from the freezer it will begin to sweat (form light condensation). However, I find that it firms up much better if you do put it in the freezer, and I didn’t find that the sweating was too much of a problem. But I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether you want to freeze or not. 🙂
While waiting for your first layer of candy to set, go ahead and mix your filling. I used the peanut butter filling here.
Place your filling into the center cavity of each chocolate shell, making sure to leave a little room at the top to cover with a top layer of chocolate.
Cover your filling with another layer of chocolate to “close” the egg. Smooth out the top of each egg with the back of your spoon or a rubber spatula.
(Don’t worry if there is a little spillover. As you can see here, I am not the neatest of candy makers. Any extra chocolate can always be trimmed off with a sharp knife after your candy hardens.
Next, freeze (or not) for another 10-15 minutes.
After the eggs have firmed up, remove them from the molds (and trim any extra spillover from around the edges.)
(As you can see here in the picture, the freezing does cause the chocolate to sweat. However, I noticed the white chocolate still stuck to the red just fine, and the chocolate was nice and hard, making it easy to work with. But again, entirely up to you if you want to freeze or not.)
Now, you can melt your white chocolate.
Meanwhile, prepare a decorating bag with your tiny writing tip. (You want to make sure you use the smallest size – #1 – because the chocolate can be a bit drippy.) Pour a little bit of the melted chocolate into your decorating bag, and then draw eyes (half-moon shapes) onto your eggs.
Tip: I recommend making all of your eggs first. Then draw all of your eyes onto the eggs. And, lastly, do all of your spider webs. It takes a bit longer to do it this way, as you won’t be able to alternate tasks. But if you try to do a few eggs at a time, then a few eyes, then back to making eggs, etc., your chocolate will harden in the decorating bag between steps. (It doesn’t take long.) If your chocolate does harden or “goop up” during decorating, try cleaning your decorating tip and coupler with a toothpick.
Lastly, melt your black/dark chocolate and draw an outline around your eyes and a web around each face. And, voila, Spider-Man appears!
For more geeky springtime ideas for eggs and other things, check out our Celebrate a Geeky Spring Pinterest board!