Making a chocolate garnish at home is super easy, yet it looks impressive and can make any occasion extra special.
All you really need is a chocolate bar.
How to Make a Chocolate Garnish:
Start with a good quality fair trade chocolate bar.
Break your bar into pieces and put into a microwave safe bowl.
Technically, you aren’t supposed to microwave chocolate. However, if you are careful, and only microwave in 15 second increments, making sure to stir each time, you won’t burn it.
Once you have your chocolate melted, you need a pastry bag. I have a mechanical pastry bag, but you could even use a plastic baggie with a corner snipped off.
Load your bag with the melted chocolate and you are ready to start making your chocolate garnishes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can make any shape or word you’d like. If you choose to write a word, make sure all the letters touch so when it hardens it can be removed in one piece.
Once you’ve made your garnishes, place the baking sheet in the freezer for a few hours until the chocolate hardens.
**Don’t make the mistake of putting your chocolate in the refrigerator. Doing so may cause your chocolate to “bloom” or get white spots.**
How to Write on Plates with Chocolate
Writing on plates with chocolate is another really fun way to use melted chocolate. The steps are the same as making a chocolate garnish. Only this time you are writing directly on a plate.
For the next special occasion in your house, try combining chocolate writing on a plate with a chocolate garnish.
I did this for my daughter’s 17th birthday. I made the garnishes and wrote on the plate the night before her birthday. I kept them both in the freezer overnight.
Then I made a batch of whole wheat pancakes.
I placed the pancakes on the plate with the chocolate writing.
The pancakes were topped with sprinkles (my favorite is Williams Sonoma made with all natural coloring but I can’t find them anymore!) and I placed a chocolate garnish on top of the pancake stack.
Try making chocolate garnishes for your next special occasion!