Introducing, for a limited time only – The PIP in dark and white chocolate!
With Easter fast approaching we decided to take a little time to celebrate – the PIP way. We racked our engineering and creative minds together to make chocolate PIPs.
Here’s our step by step guide to making your own festive Easter chocolate PIPs.
1. Make your mould
The mould was a simple rig made of two empty PIP shells suspended from above. We used Food Grade Silicone Moulding Rubber for the mould material. We simply mixed the base and agent until we had the right consistency, then filled rig.
Once the mould was filled it was left to set – which took about 24 hours. We then removed the plastics and cleaned out the moulds to remove any residue. The end result – a perfect PIP shaped mould ready to add chocolate.
2. Fill mould with melted chocolate
With limited cooking facilities in the office we used the microwave to melt the chocolate. For anyone who hasn’t microwaved chocolate before, here is a quick guide:
· Break chocolate into small chunks (it melts faster and more evenly). Set microwave to low heat setting.
· Check regularly (10-20 sec intervals) and stir each time you check it. This helps it melt evenly. Nobody likes burnt chocolate.
Proceed to fill the mould with melted chocolate using a spoon. Be careful not to let it overflow, as we discovered on our first attempt. This can happen very easily if not careful.
3. Let sit and solidify
We put the filled moulds into the fridge where we let them rest for about an hour.
4. Remove from Moulds
When the chocolate has fully set you can remove the chocolates from the mould. Make sure to be careful and not break the chocolate!
5. Stick the shells together
Once you have your collection of PIP chocolates you can go ahead and use the remainder of melted chocolate (you will have to reheat it!) to stick the pieces together.
Make sure to let sit for at least 20/30 minutes.
6. Et Voila..
Festive Chocolate PIPs to enjoy for Easter!