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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  1. 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.

  2. FestivePartyGirl says

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

  3. NaTasha says

    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

  4. says

    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 ~

  5. Maggie says

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