How to Make Chocolate Skulls for Day of the Dead
Learn how to make chocolate skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead in 5 easy steps!
One of the coolest things in the tradition of the Day of the Dead, besides papel picado, are the sugar skulls. The sugar skulls significance is a bit gloomy, I have to admit it, they are a reminder that the only certainty for a human being is death. The interesting thing about this belief is that death to the ancient Mesoamericans was a stage of life that extended to another level, something not scary at all.
The sugar skulls are typically made with sugar, water and meringue powder and decorated with frosting of different colors. You can find sugar skulls in stores or tienditas one or two weeks before you need to put your altar or ofrenda for the day of the dead, which is the first and second day of November each year.
This year we could not wait to see them in the stores, so we found a sugar skull mold on one of our trips around the city and decided to try to make some, but not with sugar, with chocolate!
Learn how to make them, it was actually quite easy.
- 3D Sugar skulls mold (Similar to the one we got on a local store)
- White chocolate (500 grams)
- Food coloring
- Edible decorations like chocolate chips and colored edible confetti
1. Melt about 90% of the white chocolate in a double boiler carefully. Check the temperature regularly. Turn off the stove when you get a liquid chocolate consistency.
2. Pour the white chocolate in your skull molds, do it slowly and carefully. Then put your chocolate skulls in the refrigerator.
3. Wait one or two hours until yours skulls feel firm.
4. With the white chocolate leftovers, do the same as step # 1. When the chocolate is ready, pour it into small containers and add a few drops of food coloring. Make as many colors as you want.
5. Using a toothpick to decorate the chocolate skulls. I added some dots and flowers.
You can also add gummies, chocolate chips and colored confetti as decorations. Use melted white chocolate as glue.
Use the same technique to make chocolates of any shape that comes to mind. Now that Day of the Dead and Halloween are getting closer and closer, I’m sure you’ll be able to find lots of molds, cookie cutters and even ice trays in fun and interesting shapes.
These were delicious!! I guess we are making more for November 1st!