Ever seen really intricate chocolates with a neat pattern on it, whether it’s a random modern print or a corporate logo? Ever wondered how they work?We were using these tools/toys/amazing inventions called transfer sheets last week, and while such a simple idea, I can’t get enough of them. These things blow me away. So simple, yet so….’wow’.
Essentially, they are large sheets of acetate (plastic), where a computer has ‘printed’ a pattern on one side. Similar to those iron-on transfer sheets we used in the ’80s for t-shirts, these transfer sheets have their design made out of coloured cocoa butter. When applied to chocolate (or cake, or gelatinized mousse, or anything else that might work), the acetate is peeled away, leaving the cocoa butter pattern behind.
We made chocolate bows:
cut transfer sheet into appropriate size
For a bow, we needed two strips 6″ long (ends dovetailed) and 8-10 pieces 4.5″ long…each piece is just the width of one ruler.
They are then each brushed with tempered dark chocolate, left to set, and shaped into the right shape when almost set.