October 16, 2006
White Chocolate Sugar Skulls
This is my project for Good Morning Arizona, Monday, October 16th. Yes, I know I keep pimping this project, but it's only because people keep asking me to! Aside from seeing me demo this lovely, sugary idea on local TV today...you can also see my national version on Craft Lab this Tuesday where I do THREE projects about Dia de los Muertos! Speaking of the fabulous Jennifer Perkins (host) - here is a picture from last week when I was in Burbank with her, filming episodes for the second Season of Craft Lab!
I'm so stoked about those shows - I did one on Lucha Libre, another on glitter and a last minute one on silk flowers. OK, about the White Chocolate Sugar Skulls - it is a project from my Art de la Soul book and I'm very excited because my book was not out this time last year. There are two other really nifty ideas for Day of the Dead in there, a bleach pen skull banner and a shrine.
WHITE CHOCOLATE SUGAR SKULLS
Visit dead.azcentral.com to see a video on how to make traditional sugar skulls.
1 tray of mini-sugar skull molds (available at MexicanSugarSkull.com, or in Phoenix at Suenos Latin American Imports.
1 bag of Wilton White Chocolate Melting Chips, or other brand (Available at craft stores or cake decorating stores)
1 microwave safe mixing bowl
1 mixing spoon or chopstick
1 roll of wax paper
Assorted tubes of Frosting Doodle or other mini-tubes of colored icing
Sugared flowers, edible glitter, candy sprinkles
Put one cup of chips into the mixing bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Remove and stir. The chocolate melts only when you stir the mixture. It's crucial to keep stirring, otherwise your pieces will scorch. Keep heating and stirring in 15- to 20-second intervals until the chips have melted to a creamy consistency. Spoon the mixture into the molds. Using both hands, lift the tray about six inches and drop it to help the mixture settle and remove any bubbles. Let cool until firm. Flip the skulls onto a sheet of wax paper. Knead the tube of frosting until the contents are of an even consistency. Decorate the skulls with the icing, sprinkles, etc. Wrap the finished skulls in small cellophane bags with ties and keep refrigerated.
Variations: Make multicolored skulls - the melting chocolate comes in hot pink, purple, red, green, yellow, brown, orange, blue and several other colors. Write the names of your friends on the foreheads of the skulls.
CLICK HERE to hear my podcast about Dia de los Muertos!
Author of Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).
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