Frances’s birthday is in July, but her school likes to make sure that everybody has a special day during the school term. Frances’s honorary birthday fell on November 4, and since her class has been studying Día de Muertos, she wanted to make sugar skulls instead of cupcakes this year. As it happens, I already had some sugar skull molds, but, since sugar skills are actually not that pleasant to eat, I suggested chocolate skulls instead. Frances approved.
We used Wilton Candy Melts and adornedthe skulls with Candy Decorating “Pens”. I use scare quotes here because the name of this product is misleading: They’re basically tubes filled with Candy Melt, and keeping the candy warm and flowing is kind of tricky. I found that getting an effect I liked was a lot easier if I painted inside the candy molds before pouring in the chocolate. If we make these again—and I’m guessing that we will—I will probably use some kind of decorator frosting on the de-molded candies instead of the so-called candy pens.
All that aside, this was a fun project. Frances was happy with the results, and the candy skulls were a big hit with her teachers and classmates.