It was sometime last year that I first came up with the idea of combining two of my favourite things – choclate and Lego – but didn’t really know where to start. I knew I’d need some kind of mold, but never got around to working out the best way to make one.
And then I discovered Lego Ice Cube Trays and immediately knew they’d be perfect for what I wanted. Unfortunately, the Lego shop doesn’t sell the trays in the UK, but a quick search of eBay and I found one.
My plan was simple. Instead of filling them with water, I’d just use melted chocolate. And – much to my amazement and delight – it actually worked.
My Chocolate Lego did contain a few imperfections, but I think that just adds to the character.
The process was very simple:
1. Melt the chocolate. The best way to melt chocolate is in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. That way you can control the temperature so the chocolate melts evenly and won’t burn. You can use any chocolate for making your bricks, but I found dark chocolate works best simply because it’s harder than milk or white chocolate.
2. Spoon or pour the chocolate into the mold.
3. Use a plastic spatula to smooth the chocolate into the mold, making sure to push it into the corners. Make sure the chocolate is exactly level with the top of the mold to give the bricks a nice flat, even base.
4. Put it into the fridge to set. I recommend leaving it overnight to make sure the chocolate is solid all the way through. This will make it much easier to remove from the mold.
5. Once set, simply push your chocolate lego out of the tray. I found the bricks came out very easily as the tray is made of soft rubber. If you need to, use a sharp knife to trim off any excess chocolate from the bricks.
Building With Chocolate Lego
You may have noticed the obvious drawback of making chocolate Lego in this way. Because the bricks are solid, you can’t ‘click’ it together like real Lego. But this is chocolate, and even if you could click it together, you’d probably never get it apart anyway!
The best way to build with these bricks is simply to treat them like proper bricks – i.e. use a cement to stick them together. By ‘cement’, I do of course mean icing/frosting. Pretty much any icing will do, but why not try Simon’s recipe for chocolate fudge icing.
Taking it Further
Making Chocolate Lego this way is incredibly easy, and once you have a supply of bricks, there’s no end to what you can create. You could use different combinations of dark, milk and white chocolate – or even add a few drops of food colouring to white chocolate to make coloured bricks.
So why not get building and let us know what you come up with. There may even be a special prize if anyone manages to create a Chocolate Lego Dalek Cake…