So you want to
make chocolate mice, hm?
I don't blame
you. They're adorable! Let's get
first. Here's what you need:
From left to right:
Chocolate Chips (I'm using white for white mice; you can use dark or
milk, too), maraschino cherries (with stems!), almond slices, red
candy melts (this is optional), milk chocolate, and white
The day I made these
was rainy; tempering chocolate was not an option. So I am
cheating here and using vanilla candy melts (also known as almond
bark, sometimes). The red is for the eyes, the milk chocolate
is for noses. If you use milk chocolate for brown mice, I
recommend dark chocolate for noses, and white chocolate for noses on
dark chocolate mice. It's all about the contrast. Eyes
should be dark chocolate, unless they're albinos like mine.
things first: Drain the cherries.
Drain them well, or
you'll contaminate the chocolate when it's dipping time. I'll
usually set the cherries draining while I get everything else
ready. Next, they go for a plunge in the
Make sure you coat
them very well, and get the stems, too.
The next stage I
couldn't show you in pieces, cause you have to work a little fast.
Set the cherry down on its side - with the stem laying flat
(ish). Now it's a tail! Place a chocolate chip on what
was the bottom of the cherry - now it's a nose! Place two
sorta matching almond slices for the ears. The trick to this
is sticking these on before the chocolate sets. I usually make
milk chocolate mice, which is why the almond slices I have are
unblanched. If you want to get extra fance with your white
mice, then get blanched almond slices. Finding ones that sorta
match is a bit of a pain, but hey! in the end, it's
Side view! If
you want to go all Farmer's Wife, you can snip the exposed cherry
stem off at this point. It makes for a more convincing mousie,
but I like to leave the little bit of stem on so that people have
something to hold onto as they lower the hapless candy critter into
their mouths. Melts in your mouth, not on your...yeah.
You get the idea.
With a little
melted chocolate, dot on a nose! I made some of mine albino,
some of them just white. I used a toothpick for this
part, i didn't feel the need to waste a pastry bag on a chocolate
chip's worth of melted chocolate.
Noses on and ready
Same deal for the
eyes; I just used a toothpick. It was about halfway through
this part, when I swapped over to the red candy melts, that I
realized I'd totally spaced out and given them all dark noses.
Fie. Oh well.
Look at them!
FEAR THE CUTE ARMY!
These mice are
always a terrific hit. I usually do a couple dozen at a time,
and I'm thoroughly sick of looking at them by the time I dot my
final eye (get it? hurr.) The usual response is,
"They're too cute to eat!" And I tell them, "You are GOING TO
EAT THE MOUSE." It brings me joy.
You can use the
cherries that lose their stems, too - they're useful! Every
jar always has a couple loose cherries and some rogue stems at the
bottom. Save those! Dip them, string a couple together
in a line, and use the loose stems as antennae. Voila!
caterpillar! Or use two loose cherries and a bunch of stems
I made these for a
birthday cake. I'll have pictures of the cake in this spot