Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to Make Chocolate Frogs

These Chocolate Frogs are good as extra special party favors.  Or give these as treats for Halloween.  The chocolate frogs are complete with a wizard card of Albus Dumbledore attached, just like in the movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 


Materials:
  • Chocolate candy mold, frog shaped.  I ordered one from Frog Chocolate Candy Mold @ Amazon.com
  • Chocolate:  Wilton Chocolate melts, or regular Hershey bars
  • Clear cellophane bags
  • Red and Gold ribbon (or color of your choice)
  • Heavy paper stock or card stock that can go through your computer printer
  • Paper cutter or scissors



To make the frogs:
Melt the chocolate over in a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently boiling water.  Stir constantly.  You don't want to overheat the chocolate or it will seize up, meaning the texture won't be smooth and creamy anymore.  Alternate option:  Place unwrapped chocolate in bowl and microwave on high for 30 sec. intervals.  Remove, stir and check to see if it's melted after each 30 sec. interval.

Pour or spoon melted chocolate into the candy mold.  Place filled candy mold in the refrigerator to cool.

To make the Wizard Cards:
When I made the cards I used Microsoft Word to make a pentagon-shaped card with Dumbledore's picture in the middle of it.  Centered on the back of the card is printed:

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE
CURRENTLY HEADMASTER AT HOGWARTS

Considered by many the greatest wizard of modern times,
Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the
dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the
twelve uses of dragon's blood, and his work on alchemy
with his partner, Nicolas Flamel.  Professor Dumbledore
enjoys chamber music and tenpin bowling.

My Wizard Cards had Dumbledore's image on the front and the text on the back.  I used MS Word to make and print the cards.  It took some fiddling to get the front and back printed out so that the elements were all lined up within the pentagon shape.

To download a simple two-sided Wizard Card in .jpg format, click below:
Wizard Card template Side 1Wizard Card template Side 2

Print Wizard Card Front on heavy paper or card stock, flip the page over and re-insert into printer.  Print Wizard Card Back.  I recommend doing this on scrap paper first to make sure the two sides line up correctly.  You may have to fiddle with the margin settings to get everything aligned.  With my Photo Printing software, I could print either one card at a time on 3.5 by 5 inch index size cards, or 4 per full sheet using the 3.5 x 5 inch print size.

I used a paper cutter to cut out pentagons to save time.  Or just use scissors.

Just for fun, there are other Famous Witches and Wizards cards mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:
  • Agrippa
  • Ptolemy
  • Morgana
  • Hengist of Woodcroft
  • Alberic Grunnion
  • Circe
  • Paracelsus
  • Merlin
  • Cliodna, a Druidess
And if you are familiar with the Pottermore site, there are even more Wizard Chocolate Frog cards that can be found throughout the site.
    To assemble:
    Gently and carefully unmold the chocolate frogs after they've hardened.  Place in a clear cellophane bag and tie the bag up with a gold and red ribbon (House colors for Gryffindor) and staple a Wizard card to the top of the bag.  Store these in a cool place if not using them right away.

    Next Stop:  Party Favors or
    Honeydukes Candy Shop

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