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This original topic was just about chocolate, but we've expanded it to include other ideas for using candies as an art medium. For more FOOD related lesson projects, look for lessons and ideas in the Bible Lesson Forums, or here in the general "Cooking Workshop" forums.

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Member Hilary writes:

I was inspired today while watching the Food Network. They showed famous paintings that had been copied using melted chocolate instead of paint. They didn't share the technique, but I assume you could color white chocolate for the colors needed. I thought it might be especially useful during Easter since many kids get chocolate bunnies, and there are lots of great works of art to show the kids for inspiration, but I'm sure the idea cold be applied to other lessons. I'm going to experiment with how long the chocolate stays melted, and if adding corn syrup might help to make it more like paint. I'm also wondering if the bakery will sell that edible paper they use on photo cakes and how expensive it is. I'll keep you posted on the results!


How to Paint with Wilton "Candy Melts"


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Good idea...if eventually eaten. Don't like the idea of wasting food.

Many craft stores (Ben Franklins, Michael's, even Walmart I think) and kitchen stores sell what they call "bark" which is in two forms -- chunks/bars and "drops" -- to melt and put into molds. They are already in a variety of colors, but I'm sure you can add food coloring to the white bark. I'm thinking you could let them draw a simple design with dark lines or use a pre-drawn picture for younger kids, place wax paper or something clear and heavy (overhead transparency?) on it, then paint within the lines. Once hardened they could easily peel it off and eat.

I like this idea and just might have to give it a try!

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As a food network groupie, I have to say that I think the materials used for painting with chocolate is pure cocoa butter, not white chocolate or bark -- which would be way too thick. I am not exactly sure where you get pure cocoa butter, but I'm guessing it's not at Walmart.

Also, you should know that working with chocolate is one of the most difficult mediums to work with -- just a little moisture and chocolate will seize up on you, heat it too hot and it remains soft and won't reset. Again, not sure about the cocoa butter. The stuff you buy at Walmart for dipping pretzels and the like has additives to make this problem less likely, but again, is probably too thick to paint.

If you do decide to try and color the white bark, you will need to purchase candy coloring, or powdered food coloring. Regular food coloring is water based and will cause the 'chocolate' to crystalize. Rather than 'painting' with the chocolate, you might want to put the chocolate into pastry tubes or plastic bags with a corner removed and have them draw with the chocolate. This technique can be found in many cake decorating books as a way to make figures for cakes. One could also use royal icing made with powdered egg whites to make 3-D figures that represent a story

You can buy pure cocoa butter online -- I've used it for making lotions, but it's a bit pricey. Also, if you add coconut oil to chocolate as it is melting it definitely thins it out and also gives you a little more "working" time before it hardens.


I love the idea of placing a picture underneath for the younger kids to trace or use as a guide.


Fun and YUM!







This idea sounds sumptuous and fun!

I wondered if there were instructions on the internet and I found these on that walks you through the steps, with pictures, to trace a picture using chocolate as your paint.

Reading through it the materials used are:

  • Wilton Candy Melts
  • Ziploc bags
  • Wax paper
  • Tape
  • Small painting brush
  • Toothpick
  • A photo or a drawing
  • A container to hold hot water
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