“How do they make hollow chocolate bunnies?”

Last week, while shopping for staples in our local grocery store, we passed by the unavoidable Easter candy aisle. The Four-Year-Old immediately snagged a rather sizable bunny wrapped in gold foil. Naturally we purchased it.

After gnawing her way through the wonderfully solid chocolate ears, The Four-Year-Old exclaimed in some surprise: “Mommyo! The head’s hollow! How do they do that?”

Not being a confectioner, I didn’t know, so we Asked the iPhone. If TLC can be believed, there are two common techniques.

The first is to fill a bunny mold that is open at one end (usually the bottom) with melted chocolate, wait a few seconds, and then pour out whatever liquid chocolate you can. The chocolate along the walls of the mold will have solidified, leaving you with a nicely formed hollow bunny. (TLC provides no information on how you are supposed to actually remove the chocolate from the mold without destroying its lovely new bunny shape. I suppose they are banking on this being self-evident for folks who actually have the molds in their possession. Never having made a hollow bunny myself, I can only hope that this is true.)**

If you can only find complete bunny molds, a slightly different technique is called for. Open the mold, pour in just a bit of liquid chocolate, and swirl the chocolate around to coat the inside of the mold. Allow the chocolate to solidify before re-opening the mold.

Serve and enjoy.

(Oh, and in case you are wondering, The Four-Year-Old said the hollow parts of the bunny tasted best.)


I have just received word from a trusted reader in Texas that the open-ended bunny molds also come in two pieces, making it a relatively simple matter to pop open the mold and extract the bunny when it’s done.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to “How do they make hollow chocolate bunnies?”

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