* Vanilla chocolate melting wafers 16 oz.
* Candies of your choosing. I found some cute black candies and carrots noses ( You can make these with chocolate if you cannot find to purchase. I also found some cute snowflake candies.
* 1/3 C light corn syrup
* Cupcake liners
* Rubber gloves
* Gel candy colorings, blue, black, pink, orange
You can make your chocolates up to a month in advance and store in an airtight container in a cool room. I do not recommend a refrigerator as it will produce condensation on your pieces.
Sculpting- Lay your chocolate out of the refrigerator about an hour or two before you want to begin sculpting. Knead the chocolate to soften. If at any point it becomes to soft, place the chocolate into freezer for a minute. I am constantly sculpting pieces and placing them in freezer for a minute or two while I sculpt. It's up to you how big you want to make your snowmen but remember not to make them to tall and top heavy if you are placing them on cupcakes. Body- I used about a 1" ball of chocolate and shaped into a pear inserting the toothpick into the top. Insert two candie beads in his belly. (Remember you can make these by coloring a tiny bit of chocolate with black candy gel.) Head, I used about 1/2 of chocolate and shaped into a slightly oblong shape and placed onto the toothpick. You can give him some personality by angle his head if you wish. Insert two candy beads for the eyes. I scored two eye crinkles on the outside of each eye using a paring knife. I never mix tools I use with clay with food!!! Insert a candy carrot for his nose or make one using the chocolate. Mouth- you can use a tooth pick or a paper clip. I did a variety. I like them all to have their own look. Place them in the freezer on a paper plate or wax paper while you prep your other colors and to just make them sturdy!!
Cheeks- I used a pink food gel to give his cheeks a little color and used a dot of white food coloring on each cheek this is optional as you may not have these supplies on hand.
It is really hard to make black using the vanilla wafers, you can get a darker look by coloring chocolate to black or just buy black wafers if you can find them. I always wear gloves for this process!!! Using a toothpick I placed a large amount of the black candy gel on the chocolate and knead till and even consistency. . You will want to do this process for the blue as well.
1/3 C Crisco
1/3C Butter (room temp)
3C 10X (powdered sugar) sifted
1/2 t pure clear vanilla
3T whole milk
Cream the crisco and softened butter together, gradually add the 10X sugar 1 cup at a time. add the milk and the vanilla nd whip till smooth and creamy. You can store in a air tight container if you want to make ahead.
I piped the icing on the cup cakes and sprinkled them with clear cupcake sprinkles but the sprinkles are optional if you do not like. I love sparkly sprinkles.
I made my favorite chocolate cupcakes but you can make whatever flavor you wish. (secret family recipe lol)
Royal Icing- You can look up any recipe for this or just buy the already made cookie icing. I pipes it on the top of the hats to look like snow.
I knew I was making the cupcakes to take and give to Kevin's staff at physical therapy, so I didn't want them to have to worry with returning a container. I took a shipping box and cut it down . I then covered it with some pretty snowman christmas paper, lining the bottom with foil. Presto instant container. I then used the clear food wrap I found at the dollar store with snow flakes to wrap up around the box add some curly ribbon and a tag.
Be sure and store in a cool room!!!
All wrapped and ready!