Friday, May 18, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Graduation Caps

These easy candies make a cute little treat for any graduate - Preschool graduates included.

I made them with a batch of my Homemade Peanut Butter Cups and some chocolate squares.

What You Need:
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (or Mini Reece's Peanut Butter Cups)
Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Candy Melts to make the squares (or Ghiradhelli chocolate squares)
Starburst candy or Flavored Tootsie Rolls
Mini M&Ms
Food-Safe Paintbrush

For the homemade peanut butter cups, follow the instructions on the Peanut Butter Cup Tutorial.

Then you can make the chocolate squares. Spread the chocolate to about 1/4-1/8" thick on a piece of parchment paper on a flat cookie sheet.

Use a knife, a bench scraper or even a pizza cutter to "score" the chocolate into squares. (I recommend measuring it with a ruler, which I didn't do, and my squares were decidedly rectangles instead.)

Place the chocolate into the refrigerator to set.

To make the tassels roll the Tootsie Rolls or Starburst into long, thin ropes. Cut them into about 2" lengths. Using a sharp knife cut the "tassel" into the bottom. (I recommend having a damp paper towel nearby to wipe the knife often because it gets sticky!)

Use some extra melted chocolate, and a food-safe paintbrush to "glue" the pieces together. Place a mini M&M on the very top (again using melted chocolate as glue).

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