How to Make Chocolate Leaves - Photo Tutorial

Chocolate leaves
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  • 01 of 07

    Assemble the Ingredients for Chocolate Leaves

    Chocolate Leaves Ingredients
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    For easily printable instructions, refer to the Chocolate Leaves recipe.

    Chocolate Leaves are beautiful chocolate decorations that look just like delicate leaves. They look gorgeous and are surprisingly easy to make!

    You can use a variety of leaves to make chocolate leaves. Just make sure that they are pesticide-free, and have been well-washed and dried. It helps to choose leaves with a pronounced pattern of veins on the back, so the design will more easily transfer to the chocolate.

    To make these leaves, you will need:

    • 24 fresh leaves (washed and dried)
    • 8 ounces chocolate candy coating
    • Clean, food-safe paintbrush
    • Luster dust to decorate (optional)

    Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with waxed paper or parchment paper.

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    Melt the Chocolate Coating

    Chocolate Leaves
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    Place the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.

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  • 03 of 07

    Paint the Leaves With Chocolate

    Chocolate Leaves
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    Dip the paintbrush in the melted candy coating and brush a thick layer of chocolate on the underside of the leaf. The underside typically has more pronounced veins, and will give you a better pattern on your leaves. Make sure that you're generous with the layer of candy coating--if it's too thin, the chocolate leaf will crack when you to remove it.

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    Let the Chocolate Set

    Chocolate Leaves
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    Set the leaf, chocolate side up, on the waxed paper, and repeat with the remaining leaves. You can use different colors of candy coating to make a variety of leaves, if you'd like. 

    Once all of the leaves are covered with chocolate, refrigerate the tray to set the coating, for about 20 minutes.

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    Peel the Leaves Off the Chocolate

    Chocolate Leaves
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    When the chocolate is fully set, remove the tray from the refrigerator. Carefully peel the leaves back from the chocolate, trying not to handle the leaves too much to prevent your body heat from melting the chocolate.

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    Decorate Chocolate Leaves with Luster Dust

    Chocolate Leaves
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    If you'd like to give your leaves a metallic shine, use

    luster dust

    to decorate them when they're finished. This step is optional, but it makes the leaves "pop." Dip a clean, dry paintbrush in luster dust, and brush a thin layer of dust along the edges. For a more dramatic look, brush a layer of dust over the entire leaf.

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    Your Chocolate Leaves Are Finished

    Chocolate Leaves
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    Your chocolate leaves are now finished! Put them atop cakes, cupcakes, tarts, or any other desserts you'd like. 

    Chocolate Leaves can be made several weeks in advance and stored in an airtight container at cool room temperature. They are delicate, so stack and store them carefully. If it's very warm, they are best stored in the refrigerator, although this might result in condensation spots.