Friday, May 23, 2014

Silicone Minifigure Ice-Cube Tray - Melted Chocolate Chip Lego Men Look-Alikes



I briefly considered surprising the children with a set of Lego Movie minifigures, before deciding they were going to totally blow our summer fun budget, and settling on a much less expensive, but still very promising,  silicone minifigure ice-cube tray/candy mold.

We put it to good use as soon as it arrived, with bags of peanut butter, white and milk chocolate chips ready to be melted, and molded into little men.


G (age 15) took over the project, brainstorming out the best ways for filling the molds in order to keep melted chips from blending together.

At first, she thought she might be able to pipe more than one of the melted chips at a time, but that proved difficult...


...so she followed a suggestion from Sugar Swings to put a small dab of each chip (the original tutorial was for candy melts) in the bottom of each section of the mold first, staying below the dividers...


...going back over each section again, filling to the top...


...then tapping the mold a couple times to remove any air bubbles, before placing it into the freezer for a few minutes to allow the chocolate harden.


They popped right out of the mold once the chocolate was set.  But, we discovered that it's better to pull the mold away from the sides of the men...


...rather than pushing up from underneath.


A few of the first batch lost their heads that way, but were quickly repaired with drop of melted chocolate...


...and then given faces with a chocolate dipped toothpick.


And while they were not quite the official minifigures from the movie...


...no one complained.

5 comments:

Ticia said...

I am totally shocked no one complained :)

Cristy said...

That is amazing! I want to make these!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Yum! I'm tempted to buy a new mold just to do this, since our current one has melted crayon remnants in it. Love the faces!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...

So brilliant!

Lucinda @ NavigatingByJoy.com said...

We made these yesterday. I'm not nearly as dextrous as your daughter and used a teaspoon to put the chocolate in rather than a bag so our minifigs all looked like they were wearing bandanas ... but of course no one complained! I sent a pic to my mum and now she wants to make them too. Thanks!