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

    Love love love it! Awesome! Your work is simply amazing!

    • THanks for the great feedback Gbem

  2. Rating: 5

    love love u and your ideas

  3. Rating: 4.5

    Hi Ann i watch your videos every second of my spare time and you me and my heart smile your the best and we all love to watch your AMAZING talent every day so thanks

    you have lucky weather in Australia=SUNNY in the UK we have rain rain rain=NOT SO SUNNY

    • Thanks for estvhing and commenting Cinnamontwist09.

  4. Rating: 5

    Love your idea! Other way to make gift for father day! Thanks!

  5. Rating: 4.5

    miss Ann can you make a supernatural themed dessert

  6. Rating: 5

    is it a good idea for April fools day

  7. Rating: 5

    Dear Ann,
    Could you kindly show how to make black forest cake.
    If you could kindly also show how to make marshmallows with chocolate topping.
    Thank You,

  8. Rating: 4.5

    I made mine and they turned out GREAT!

    • Awesome Jen! Post a pic if you have one.

  9. Rating: 5

    Wow! I can’t believe how amazing they look! Once again, a success for Ann Reardon!Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world!

    • Thanks for the lovely feedback. It definitely makes Ann smile!

  10. Rating: 4.5

    It’s absolutely amazing!!!! How much of the moulding gel do you recommend getting for this?

    • Hi Caitlin, It will depend on the size and number of tools you want to make. Molding gel is usually available in 20oz and 40oz containers or in bulk quantities. If you are happy to make 4-6 tools at a time then the 40oz container should be plenty. That will give you just over a liter of gel to work with. You can reuse the same gel to make additional tool molds.

      • Rating: 4

        thank you!! i cant wait to try these!!

  11. What can I use instead of forming gel? Maybe jelly with gelatin ? I need a quick answer

    • You will need to use moulding gel or a silicon mold to create these. Jelly and gelatin would not be suitable.

  12. Rating: 4

    I like your idea I’m going to do that for my hubby lol

  13. Rating: 5

    Super awesome! Love everything you do Ann!

  14. Rating: 4.5

    Very gud ideas u have

  15. That’s really cool

  16. Oh I love it thank you

  17. I totally think her ideas are marvellous 🙂

  18. Incredible! I can’t believe how real they look.

  19. These are amazing! Here in Italy, Father’s Day is March 19: it’s the day when the Church remembers Saint Joseph, the father of Jesus.

  20. This is fab! J
    ust one question….what did you use for the red handles on the pliers?

    • It’s in the video Sharon. She used white chocolate and red oil based food colouring.

    • She used white chocolate colored red

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