Chocolate Cigarette #1
- You’ll need a cake decorating comb ( find them in the cake decorating supplies section at Michael’s Crafts.com, the Wilton brand makes a few).
- You can break off some of the plastic teeth, if they’re too close together.
- You’ll also need large flexible palette knife/spatula.
- Tempered white and dark chocolate.
- This technique works best on a marble surface.
The secret is knowing exactly when to start forming the cigarettes after you spread the chocolate.
- The chocolate has to be just set; still soft enough to roll the cigarettes, but firm so they hold their shape.
- Don’t wait too long, and keep testing. Start to test when the chocolate is dry to the touch. Then it’s all in the hand movements. I find pushing chocolate in a quick short motion works best.
- Notice the angle of the knife is very close to the table/chocolate, more horizontal (about 25 degrees).
- Take note the chef only rolls about an inch or less of chocolate.
It takes practice, but it’s so exciting when you get a few good-looking cigarettes. Work quickly before the chocolate hardens to create as many cigarettes as possible. Put them in an air tight container and you have instant chocolate garnishes for any occasion.
Chocolate Cigarette #2
I have also made chocolate cigarettes, by curling and slipping a chocolate transfer sheet into a straw. Big straws work better, it can be difficult getting the transfer sheet into the straw. Also, cutting the straw in half will help (you’ll have 2 cigarettes for each straw).
- Cut a narrow chocolate transfer sheet strip, and wiggle it into the straw.
- With a chocolate filled pastry bag, squirt some chocolate in the straw.
- Refrigerate for 10 minutes, remove transfer from straw, peel off sheet, and Voila!
Until next time,
Peace, Love, Chocolate,
The Chocolate Addict.com
NOTE: please understand that I am an academically challenged right-brainer, and forgive any typos, grammatical faux pas, and things that don’t make sense.