How to Make Chocolate Leaf Decorations




These pull-apart chocolate treats make striking individual desserts or larger edible centerpieces when bundled together – providing just the right amount of pizzazz for New Year’s Eve! Plus, they’re easy as can be. Simply find the “right” leaves (more on that topic in the video), paint them with chocolate, chill, and remove them, leaving behind just the luscious chocolate to eat. If you work with a high-grade coating chocolate, or serve real chocolate pieces within an hour of removing them from the fridge, tempering the chocolate isn’t necessary either!

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NOTES ABOUT CHOCOLATE FOR THIS PROJECT:
Either high-grade real chocolate (with no substitutes for the cocoa butter) or high-grade coating or compound chocolate (where palm or other vegetable oil has been substituted for the cocoa butter) can be used in this project. However, please note that real chocolate benefits from tempering*. By contrast, tempering is not required with coating/compound chocolate (due to its oil substitutes); it simply needs to be melted before use. This all said, untempered real chocolate will definitely work, though it is a good idea to refrigerate the finished pieces (in airtight containers) and to present them within one hour of being removed from the fridge to minimize any wilting. Brands of real chocolate that I most often use include Valrhona, Callebaut, Guittard, and Ghirardelli. Brands of coating chocolate that I most often use include Peter’s and Callebaut.

* Tempering is a process of heating and cooling, and sometimes working, chocolate so that it sets very firmly with a crisp snap and shine. Untempered chocolate is more prone to wilting at room or higher temperatures, or to setting with bloom (a gray fuzzy haze).

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32 Comments

  1. reine chaibane
    December 31, 2015
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    so beautifu..Classy and easy..Thanks Julia for sharing ur awsome leaf deco. Happy new year 🌹🌼🌹❤

  2. Julia M Usher
    December 31, 2015
    Reply

    Happy 2016, everyone!

  3. Mac B Bakes The Cakes
    December 31, 2015
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    Really enjoyed your video! 🙂

  4. ladyjaneofdunans
    December 31, 2015
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    Happy New Year, Julia. Thank you for making our year so sweet !:)

  5. SoSue Me
    December 31, 2015
    Reply

    So very beautiful .. Happy New Year Julia !! Thank you for all the the wonderful tutorials throughout this 2015 year.

  6. utop ia
    December 31, 2015
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    Tan looks great. As does the chocolate.

  7. SugarCoder
    December 31, 2015
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    Those chocolate leaves look very decadent and delicate! Happy New Years, Julia! 🙂

  8. Celosia Prisco-Ganaha
    December 31, 2015
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    Really pretty and creative! Not only would this be good for New years, but possibly an Autumn themed party or maybe a garden party! I hope you have a great New Years, Julia! 2016 already, time sure flies.

  9. Thaline Braga
    December 31, 2015
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    OMG! This is perfect!!

  10. makailyn Epperson
    December 31, 2015
    Reply

    happy 2016

  11. makailyn Epperson
    December 31, 2015
    Reply

    i love this video its awesome love all youre videos

  12. Damiana Mendes
    December 31, 2015
    Reply

    lindo lindo lindo que presente maravilhoso neste último dia do ano obrigada que Deus continue te abençoado, e que cada dia você use esse seu talento para ensinar outras pessoas feliz 2016 que venha cheio de conquistas beijos boas festas beijos

  13. chandra reed
    January 1, 2016
    Reply

    So beautiful great idea!What a fun time your house parties must be…

  14. Hellen Zalasik
    January 1, 2016
    Reply

    🙂

  15. Ann Healey
    January 1, 2016
    Reply

    beautiful! Happy New Year Julia!

  16. Danee Kaplan
    January 1, 2016
    Reply

    Happy New Year my friend. Wow…this is such an amazing project. Your mind must produces the most amazing things. I would love to spend a few days creating with you. We would gild the world and make such incredible things. I love the contrast between the long thin leaves (with the added cocoa- that detail just makes those leaves so interesting) and all the little round objects you added to play off against them- the white and dark chocolate truffles, dragees, gold foiled candies. nuts, a those incredible bronzed chocolate ribbons. I see so many places this would be a show stopping dessert- of course New Years but also a gorgeous intimate wedding or birthday party for an adult, engagement party….I would love to use luster dust on a few of the leaves-never enough gold! I cannot wait for the next video, that leaf cup is gorgeous.

  17. Jana Guobyte
    January 2, 2016
    Reply

    dear Julia, happy New Year! 🙂 I wish you all the best in new year 🙂

  18. Benedito Francisco
    January 3, 2016
    Reply

    Olá, amo seu trabalho!!!! sua sua seguidora,vc é incrível. estou treinando sua técnica. Parabéns!!!!!

  19. Zac A
    January 5, 2016
    Reply

    Where do you get the gold foil wrap?

  20. AllasYummyFood
    January 5, 2016
    Reply

    super cute and amazing video ;))

  21. Kaillany Gonçalves
    January 5, 2016
    Reply

    Lindo.

  22. vvlamb
    January 7, 2016
    Reply

    Oh so pretty and elegant!

  23. monalisabarua5
    January 14, 2016
    Reply

    Happy 2016 to you with good luck and wishes for more amazing ideas and technique

  24. Galia Elhassan
    January 17, 2016
    Reply

    love your videos

  25. Lorena Prado
    May 3, 2016
    Reply

    Sooo pretty and elegant!!

  26. 管海蓉
    June 11, 2016
    Reply

    amazing

  27. Ginny Sher
    July 15, 2016
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    I love watching your video tutorials! I now own both your books and am enjoying reading them. Can't wait to get started! I this video and the one for the chocolate cupcake wraps (love!!), you mentioned cocoa butter crystals. Where does one purchase that product? I really hate the taste of compound chocolate and do struggle with tempering real chocolate, but I feel it's worth the trouble. Is there a really good compound chocolate??

  28. Melanie Truot
    July 24, 2016
    Reply

    looks delicious!!

  29. Melonie Stanton
    November 30, 2016
    Reply

    This is gorgeous, could you possibly use artificial leaves?

  30. Ana Chanel Drake
    February 19, 2017
    Reply

    you and your works are so amazing!

  31. Tippy Wong
    August 24, 2017
    Reply

    Can i add green colour paste to white chocolate?

  32. Tippy Wong
    August 24, 2017
    Reply

    Can i paint it with gold luster dust?

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