Easter is on its way, and this dapper duck family seems like the perfect something sweet for this holiday. I love chocolate molding, and Easter is never complete without chocolate, so this is the best time of year to dust off your old chocolate molds and get to work. I try to find unique and unusual molds, and while bunnies are the traditional choice for Easter, this duck family is so cheerful and cute, I just couldn’t resist! Searching for chocolate molds is like looking for buried treasure;you never know where you’ll find them. You can find good molds at specialty kitchen stores and online, but I have found some of my best molds at swap meets and yard sales. It’s fun to hunt for molds, and you may just find a one of a kind mold that had been forgotten for years in someone’s attic. The older molds have some fun retro designs that you just can’t find in the store.
I made these ducks for my son’s 1st Easter, and I chose bright colors so he would really notice them in his basket. This happy little duck family reminds me of ours, now that we have a little one waddling around!
I used candy coating for all of the details and filling of the molds. I really love my candy melter palette for projects like this, because I can easily keep a variety of colors warm all at once. This speeds up the mold painting process by leaps and bounds!
The mama duck is probably my favorite; I love the pretty pink Easter bonnet! I added the eyelashes to the mama duck for extra beautification!
The only hiccup in this project was the baby’s hat. I had mixed a custom color for the light blue using some candy coloring, and that particular chocolate ended up sticking to the mold a bit and not properly releasing. There are too many factors to pinpoint the exact reason for this failure. I think it was just to much liquid (candy coloring) added. I have used candy coloring, which is an oil based coloring designed for chocolate, many times without any issue, but some times you just run into trouble! Oh well!
Look at this little duck family! All dressed up and ready for an Easter party! Happy Easter! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!