Edible favors are the perfect treat to say thank you to guests at the end of a party. Easy to make and easy to eat, chocolate lollipops and other chocolate treats are a quick and simple way to go. We tell you how to make your own edible chocolate favors and also list locally-owned businesses for supplies.
Plastic molds can be purchased for almost every occasion imaginable, from flowers to religious crosses and baby blocks to animals. Chocolate wafers, specifically for melting, come in a variety of colors and can be found at many local Long Island candy stores. Flavors can be added to the chocolate as well by using oils such as peppermint, vanilla or cinnamon (Tip: do not use ordinary extracts as they will add too much liquid and the chocolate will not be usable).
Here are some simple steps for making chocolate lollipops and other chocolate treats.
- Plastic molds of choice
- Chocolate wafers in colors of choice
- Lollipop sticks (if necessary)
- Bags – to use for finished product
- Ribbon – to tie bags
First, decide if the finished product will use one color or more. If using more than one color, these will need to be completed and set prior to the main color.
Next, melt the chocolate and then pour them into the candy mold. A spoon, funnel or squirt bottle can be used to get it all in the mold. For smaller detailed areas in the mold, a decorator brush or toothpick may be used. Tap the mold several times on the table or counter to rid of any air bubbles in the candy.
If only a detail area has been completed at this point, put mold in freezer for 5-7 minutes for detail to set and then continue with the main part of the mold. If entire mold area has been filled with chocolate and you are making a lollipop, add the sticks to the mold. Spin the stick to cover it with the chocolate and then place in freezer.
The bigger the chocolate lollipop or treat, the longer it will need to be in the freezer. Most are set within 10-15 minutes. Once ready to unmold, just turn over about an inch above a flat surface covered with parchment or waxed paper. After gently flexing the mold, the candies will fall out. Place them in a bag and tie with ribbon. Store in a cool room for up to a week before serving (Tip: do not store long term in the refrigerator or freezer as this will dull the chocolate).
To display the goodies, place them directly on a dessert table, arrange them in a basket or bowl or make a lollipop display using foam circles. Wrap the circle in wrapping paper or colored cellophane wrap. A decorative ribbon can be added to the edge for a more finished look.
Using a pointed object such as a screwdriver, pen, tip of scissors or a small knife, poke holes where the lollipops are to be placed. After the starter hole is punched, then push the lollipop sticks into place (Tip: Do not put the lollipops into place until they are ready to be displayed. If put into the foam and then transported, it may cause them to move and damage the foam so that they do not stand up as well)
Long Island Resources
Where: 563 Muncey Rd West Islip, NY
Contact Info: (631) 669-9827
Chocolate by Design
Where: 700-4 Union Parkway Ronkonkoma, NY
Contact Info: (631) 737-0082
Where: 310 Main Street Farmingdale, NY
Contact Info: (516)249-0887
Grandma’s Candy Kitchen
Where: 2119 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY
Contact Info: (516) 785-2750
Where: 2160 New York 112 Coram, NY
Contact Info: (631) 696-4947
Where: 1115 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY
Contact Info: (516) 354-6363
By Pamela Boccia
Candy Stores on Long Island