Ann Reardon

Fathers Day Gift Idea : Chocolate Tools


It is not Father’s Day here in Australia until September 3 but it is coming up very soon on June 18 for the USA, UK and many other countries. The requests for a fun and easy Fathers day gift idea have been flooding in so I put my thinking cap on. Here is one idea that I think looks incredible but is not too hard to achieve. If you use your dads tools to make the molds he will find these mind bending because they look so real.

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To make these Fathers Day chocolate tools you will need:

Milk chocolate (how much will depend on the number of tools that you want to make and their size)
800g (28.22 ounces) White chocolate for the wood chips (this made enough to fill a 30cm (11.81 inches) tray)
unsweetened cocoa powder
bronze luster dust
silver luster dust
powdered black food coloring
powdered orange food coloring – optional but good for more of a rusted look.
reusable food grade molding gel
scraper to make the curls
lego to make he mold edges or you could use cardboard coated in foil

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Make a mold that fits your tools. I prefer to make individual molds rather than one large one because it makes is easier when you are getting the chocolate tools out. Melt the molding gel and pour into each section. Add the tool allowing it to sink to the bottom. The gel will take several hours to set.

Cut around the top of the tool as shown int he video and remove. Wash the mold well in cold soapy water (if you use hot you will melt the mold). Dry completely using paper towel then leave to air dry some more.

Temper your chocolate using one of the methods in the video below:

Pour into each mold and allow to set.

Remove the chocolate tools and brush with luster dust mixed with cocoa powder. Use the black food coloring to darken the edges and any deeper parts of the tool to make it look more realistic.
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38 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Hey, Anne!
    I really love this video! I hope you’d help me. It’s my friend’s birthday soon (in the first week of September) and I wanted to make a chocolate rpg dice set for him…! But I’m worried about it, because:
    a) The only reusable food modeling gel we can buy here is not transparent in any way, it’s SOLID blue, there’s no way of seeing the dice inside – I don’t know if I really need to see them if I make small “boxes” with lego.
    b) These tools were pretty “flat” and not really complicated when compared to really small d20 – would it be really complicated? Maybe cutting it in half ant then joining the ready chocolate with some hot chocolate would be the way?

    How can I make it work? I’d really love to make it work but I dunno if it works. I’d really love to hear any advices! Coloring is the last of my worries, it should be pretty easy!

    P.S. I love watching your videos when I have a bad day, you always make it better! ^w^

  2. Rating: 5

    Good day,

    Where in Australia can we buy or order the molding gel, please?

    Thank you

  3. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Anne, I love watching your videos, I have watched some several times. What you create is really a magic, you make it seem so easy… Please, could you tell me what can I use instead of molding gel to make molds, because it is not accessible in our country

    • Hi Kate, You can purchase moulding gel online via amazon or other similar stores. If you can’t get the gel then it would be best to purchase pre-made molds.

  4. Tnx

  5. Rating: 5

    Hi Anne yes I agree with the rest of the ladies you are amazing and I love watching your videos and look forward to seeing the new videos each Friday. Just wondering if you could please give me the recipe for the moulds so I can make the fathers day tools as my husband and my son are both builders. xxxx

    • Hi Debra, Thanks for the feedback. Ann explains how to make the mold in the video. All you need for that is the molding gel and some tools. Click on the link in the recipe (the word molding gel) and it should take you to a supplier.

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