How to make decorative chocolate drizzle

Decorative chocolate drizzles - The Messy Baker

27 Jan How to make decorative chocolate drizzle

Chocolate Drizzle - The Messy Baker

During the chocolate demonstration, Derrick made this decorative chocolate drizzle for Emily. As in Emily Richards. I’m not jealous. Really. After all, my name’s too long. And too hard to spell. So demonstrating chocolate script with “Emily” makes sense.

I guess.

After Derrick showed off demonstrated, he handed the piping bag over to the students. In the shot below, Elizabeth Baird freestyles a chocolate masterpiece Jackson Pollack would envy.

Elizabeth Baird makes decorative chocolate drizzles

I’m not sure which one is hers, but you get the idea….

Decorative chocolate drizzles - The Messy Baker

We made stars, ovals, even groovy shapes that looked like something formed by Spirograph. As long as you didn’t try to spell my name, you just couldn’t make a mistake. No matter how the chocolate fell, the results were impressive. Plus it was just plain fun to play with food and not get scolded. I can see giving dinner party guests a go at decorating their own desserts.

3 Variations on Decorative Chocolate Drizzles - The Messy Baker

Feel up to making your own edible decorations? Here’s the super-simple technique Master Chocolatier, Derrick Tu Tan Pho showed us.

Decorative Chocolate Drizzles

  1. Pour Grand Marnier (or any other liqueur you like) into a freezer-proof bowl and place in your freezer. Although alcohol doesn’t freeze you need it to be really well chilled, so you might want to freeze the dish overnight.
  2. Melt chocolate. (See post on how to temper chocolate in a microwave).
  3. Put melted chocolate into a plastic piping bag. A milk or Ziplock bag with a corner snipped works nicely, too.
  4. Squeezing the piping bag gently, drizzle the melted chocolate onto the chilled booze creating any form you choose — patterns, words, squiggles. The chocolate will solidify as it hits the alcohol and float on the surface.
  5. Using a spatula, gently lift your creation out of the bowl and place on parchment.
  6. Lick fingers and make another shape.

Yup it’s that easy. Honest.

Got any quick chocolate decorating tips you care to share? Feel free to post a link if you have photos.

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  • Sally
    Posted at 23:16h, 28 January Reply

    I’m off to make my own Jackson Pollack chocolate decorations – I love this!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 08:39h, 29 January Reply

      Have fun! I’d love to see what you come up with. Feel free to leave a link to if you do.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 15:23h, 02 February Reply

    Oooh, just saw this–thanks for posting! And now to devise a sufficiently fancy occasion to showcase these….

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:46h, 03 February Reply

      I’d say these make any occasion sufficiently fancy. But I need very little encouragement to celebrate with chocolate. Have fun!

  • Crystal
    Posted at 01:34h, 29 July Reply

    is there anyway to do this without the alcohal? like anything else that would help it solidify right away? would ice work?

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:37h, 09 August Reply

      You could drizzle the chocolate onto parchment paper placed on a baking sheet. It might take a little longer to set, but it would still work. You can drizzle and place in pan in the fridge if you are in a rush.

      Good luck with your chocolate adventures.

      • Crystal
        Posted at 08:22h, 03 November Reply

        would wax paper work?

        • Charmian Christie
          Posted at 08:47h, 03 November Reply

          Yes, but you might transfer a bit of the wax to the chocolate or leave a bit of wax on the counter, but it’s not a big deal.

          Have fun with your chocolate drizzles.

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