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post #1 of 26
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So I think I am going to undertake my first RKT molded character. I want to do a standing elmo. (I am insane and fell in love with the elmo from the food network challenge) I know that Lauren used red modeling chocolate for her cake, but I have never made or used it before. I wondered if I could or should use fondant instead?

How do you determine which medium to use?
post #2 of 26
Well I beliueve modelling chocolate will have seams that will melt together, leaving no seams at all.
post #3 of 26
I was wondering the same thing, where/how can you get/make modeling chocolate?? icon_biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 26
Sorry about the typo, I meant believe*.

Anyways, you can buy modeling chocolate or make them yourself. It usually requires chocolate and corn syrup. Check out the recipe section.
post #5 of 26
does anyone know how to color the chocolate?? Can your use gel color? Thanks!
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post #6 of 26
I would use the specially formulated Candy Color instead of gel colors. You can find the candy colors either at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I know that Country Kitchen Sweet Art also carries candy colors. I would think that GSA would have them as well.
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post #7 of 26
I love that you posted this. I love working with fondant, but nobody likes to eat it. Maybe one of these days I'll experiment.

Make sure you post the Elmo and let us know how it turned out!
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post #8 of 26
I have never used modeling chocolate either. I want to try and maybe I will get some time soon to do so. I too have wondered how you determine what medium to use.
post #9 of 26
Thanks Flowerpower, that helps. Is that oil based, like oil candy flavorings?
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post #10 of 26
Is modeling chocolate the same as candy clay?
post #11 of 26
I think I might be able to help you guys a bit here. I recently returned from the ICES convention and took 2 hands-on classes (from Bronwen Weber and B. Keith Ryder) and 1 demo (from Mike McCarey) about modeling chocolate. It's my new obsession!

I'm sorry if this is considered a plug, but I recently blogged about it here: http://melcakewalk.blogspot.com/2009/08/magic-of-modeling-chocolate.html I'll be posting recipes there in the next couple of days, but there are also a lot of them online if you just do a quick search.

Yes, modeling chocolate is the same thing as candy clay.

I've read that you can use dust colors or gel colors to color the modeling chocolate, but that liquid colors are not recommended. I have not personally colored any chocolate yet, but will be doing it tonight. I'll post on my blog and here (if I remember) about how it goes.
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post #12 of 26
you can use any regular gel colors in the candy clay or modeling chocolate AFTER it is at its final stage (dough or fondant like) If you are going to use the oil based chocolate colors you should use them when you are melting the chocolate at the beginning...
post #13 of 26
[quote="mkm25"]I think I might be able to help you guys a bit here. I recently returned from the ICES convention and took 2 hands-on classes (from Bronwen Weber and B. Keith Ryder) and 1 demo (from Mike McCarey) about modeling chocolate. It's my new obsession!

Thanks MKM25,
will be checking that blog!!! You are so lucky to have taken those classes...wish there were somecloser to me!!
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post #14 of 26
Hello! I just finished making a post on my blog about modeling chocolate so I hope it helps answer some of your questions: http://melcakewalk.blogspot.com/2009/08/working-with-modeling-chocolate.html

There's also another post from a few days ago: http://melcakewalk.blogspot.com/2009/08/magic-of-modeling-chocolate.html

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post #15 of 26
MkM25
Your work is beautiful, thanks for the modeling chocoloate "tutorial" I love your bouquet for the ICES convention. How did you learn how to do those beautiful flowers? I would love to try to do them!
Thanks!
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