DIY: Chocolate Garnish

how to make a chocolate garnish #valentinesday #diy

When it comes to celebrating special occasions it’s all about the details….edible details that is! I created some cute and edible DIY chocolate garnishes that can be used with sweets or drinks, and it’s an easy project with great results.

The examples I’m sharing today are just right for Valentine’s Day, Bridal Showers, Engagement parties, or Anniversary celebrations. Depending on what shapes you make it can be used for multiple themes.

how to make chocolate garnishes

  • Make some to top your dessert cakes and cupcakes…

write "love" using chocolate

  • Write a word or message on the side of a dessert plate…

hang a chocolate heart on glass rim

  • Chocolate & champagne are a classic combination. Hang an open-ended heart on the side of the champagne flute, or any other sweet cocktail…

float a chocolate heart on top of cocktail

  • Top off a chocolate liqueur cocktail or chocolate milk by floating a chocolate heart on the surface.

diy chocolate shapes

How to Make the chocolate garnish:

You will need:

chocolate pieces for melting

small squirt bottle from the craft store or baking supply store

  • Begin by lining a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Melt your chocolate discs according to package directions, either in the microwave or with a double boiler.
  • Pour or scoop melted chocolate into the squirt bottle.
  • “Draw” chocolate shapes onto the wax paper using the squirt bottle, and place in the freezer to set up.
  • When fully set, peel the wax paper away from the chocolate {as opposed to pulling the chocolate up off the wax, to avoid breakage}.

Tip: To write on the side of the plate, I placed the plate in the freezer first to chill it. This helps the chocolate firm up quicker.

Make more than you think you need….just in case ; )

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chocolate garnish

You can use this idea to create any simple shape. The hearts and “love” theme are great for so many occasions. You could also write “happy birthday” or “congratulations” or even write each person’s name on their own dessert plate!  Cheers!


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Just love the heart over the champagne glass!!!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Samantha @ Little Painted Canvas says:

    I made some chocolate garnish hearts for cupcakes for my son’s class a few years ago using that same technique and they turned out beautifully! An easy, unique way to make something just a little more special.

  3. FestivePartyGirl says:

    What a fun idea. I love how something so simple really makes a dessert come to life.

  4. This is so simple but yet it looks so nice and special. Thanks for the tutorial. Definitely will be making these for the Valentine’s Day

  5. Love it! Can I repost it on my “Portuguese” website. Of course all credits goes for you!

  6. boa noite, adoro chocolates, ficaram lindos, bjs

  7. So cute! I love the idea of doing names on the dessert plates. Awesome :)

  8. Yes, love the names on the dessert plate idea!

  9. Simple + cute! Love it, Chris!

  10. I love making chocolate garnishes! I also wrote on the plate for a baby shower years ago and everyone loved it! Take a look at my blog post ~

  11. I love the heart on the champagne flute…how romantic! I hope you will link up with me here:

  12. OH my gosh Chris! These are too fabulous for words!

  13. such a great idea, I love your pictures.

  14. I love this chocolate garnish! I’ve used it to create chocolate initials as cupcake toppers.

  15. Thanks so much for the great idea. I will be making some of these for a special valentines drink!

  16. Already posted, thank you. And feel free to check it out, i guess there is a way to translate the page if you put on google.
    Here is the post

    Again, thank you!

  17. I love the chocolate heart shapes. The possibilities are endless!

  18. Love the garnish on the plate!


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