Music of a Chocolate Violin
By Renee Shelton
chocolate string instruments are assembled as follows:
back part of the violin is made of a sheet of
tempered chocolate that is cut out in the shape
of the violin. The sides are made of strips of tempered chocolate that
have a wood colored
imprint on them. (See below to create wood imprints on
chocolate.) The sides and waist of the violin are placed and
"glued" with melted chocolate while the sides are still yet soft, or
not yet set up, to mold them into shape. The sides follow the shape of
the violin bottom (back).
Next, the top of the violin is made, or the belly of the violin.It has a wood
imprint on it as well. This is the most decorative part. The F-holes are cut
out. Out of solid chocolate, the bridge, fine-tuners, tailpiece along
with the fingerboard, turning pegs and scroll are made. The bridge and the
fine-tuners are painted with a gold dust mixture.The tailpiece is only
lightly dusted with the gold dust. Fine thread is fastened to the fine-tuners
through the bridge to the turning pegs. The thread is then glistened with
real gold dust. The bow is made of solid chocolate.
Chef Jacques Laurent painting the finishing gold highlights on a chocolate violin.
1996 by Renee Shelton inside the main pastry kitchen, Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
||Wood Imprint on Chocolate:
this, first melted, colored chocolate (different shade than the background)
is placed on strips of special plastic (thin shiny sheets made for chocolate work). Then, while still wet and with a rocking
motion, tempered chocolate is scraped with a rubber
wood-like decorative comb. This is let to set, then a layer of
tempered dark chocolate couverature is placed upon it and smoothed with an
offset metal spatula to the desired thickness. When the second chocolate is
set, the thin plastic backing is removed revealing the design. The chocolate is cut right before the chocolate sets.
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