Use chocolate curls and shavings to decorate cakes and other baked goods or to garnish mugs of hot chocolate.
Slightly soften a 3 to 4-inch chunk of chocolate in the microwave on medium (50% power). Using a vegetable peeler, scrape the blade lengthwise across the softened chocolate to create pretty, delicate curls. Refrigerate the curls until ready to use.
Use a vegetable peeler or knife to shave flat, thin shavings from a room-temperature block of chocolate.
In order to make professional looking chocolate curls, you’ll need to use the back of a cookie sheet or jelly-roll pan.
As the picture above shows, you’ll need to let the chocolate warm back up at room temperature before you can create curls. In the first picture, the chocolate was still too cold, and so it just broke into pieces as I tried to scrape it. In the second picture, the chocolate was warmer, but still too cold for curls.
(It was the perfect temperature for making chocolate shavings, though.) Finally, in the third picture, the chocolate has warmed up to the perfect temperature for making curls. To make different shapes and sizes of curls, just experiment with the scraper. Scraping arcs or “s-shapes” in the chocolate will produce unique and fun-shaped curls.