Easy & Impressive: Chocolate Abstracts

In case you’re on the lookout for a new way to impress in the kitchen this Valentine’s Dayor aiming to wow a whole group of guests for any special occasion really – here’s one of my favorite “sweet tips” from Simple Stunning Parties, a fabulous book by entertaining expert Karen Bussen.

These cool “Chocolate Abstracts” will instantly dress up any sort of dessert – from ice cream to fancy cakes & custards… and despite their artistic, gourmet look, they’re actually surprisingly easy to make! All you need is chocolate chips (4 oz or more), a squeeze bottle, wax paper, and a microwave.

Easy & Impressive: Chocolate Abstracts

Here’s the detailed info:

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CHOCOLATE ABSTRACTS

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Make sure to use a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer.

2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container for 20 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 10 seconds. Chocolate burns easily, so check and stir at 10-second intervals until fully melted.

3. Pour melted chocolate into a squeeze bottle. Tip – a plastic funnel will help you pour the chocolate into the squeeze bottle without making a mess.

4. Squeeze chocolate over the parchment paper, making abstract shapes. Leave a bit of space between each shape, for easy removal.

5. Place the tray in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once the chocolate is set, use a spatula to remove it from the parchment.

Chocolate abstracts may be stored for several days in the freezer between sheets of parchment paper.

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In Simple Stunning Parties, Bussen recommends pairing the Chocolate Abstracts with vanilla ice cream served in martini glasses and topped with a splash of amaretto. The end result is a very alurring, grown-up treat that’s perfect for Valentine’s day!

{Photos by William Geddes}

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Julianne SAYS:

Fabulous, those are so chic and easy to do!

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Reply February 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

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Lisa SAYS:

Oh perfect timing! I just made hearts like these to top chocolate mousse for Valentine’s Day. What a great idea to make other random shapes too! Fun. :)

Reply February 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

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Stef SAYS:

These are a great idea! You can do different shapes too – we did a fleur di lys pattern for a post on our site. You could also do numbers for an age on a birthday dessert

Reply February 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

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jenn s. SAYS:

Great ideas for the other shapes! Love the numbers idea too… maybe even for “countdown cupcakes” for new year’s eve…or stars for a “twinkle” baby shower.

You guys are right – the possibilities are endless!

Reply February 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Great idea, très chic and so simple.

Reply February 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

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Ashlie Frederick SAYS:

Love! So cute and fun to make.

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Reply February 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

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Spiele SAYS:

wonderful so pretty

Reply February 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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Jordan - Polkadot Prints SAYS:

Love the idea of the squeeze bottle – would totally make things a lot neater!
I think I want to host a dinner party! :)

Reply February 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

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angela SAYS:

How neat! Thanks for posting this. I melted vanilla chips, tinted them pink and presto … instant flair for my coconut cupcakes. I made hearts and initials too. Thank you!

Reply February 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

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Kristina SAYS:

just a question re: the chocolate………you specifically mention semi sweet or dark, but I’m assuming it’s ok to use milk choclate or vanilla chocolate too?

Reply February 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Kristina –

Yes – for some reason the original recipe notes semi-sweet or dark, but milk or white chocolate should work fine too :)

Reply February 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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Terri SAYS:

I make these, but I use a snack size zip lock bag instead. I warm the chips the same way, and then cut a very small hole in the corner of the bag and complete as directed. It makes clean-up a breeze!

Reply February 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

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Kristina SAYS:

I made these today using letters for a baby shower I’m hosting this weekend…they turned out fabulous! and so easy!
love the idea w/the ziploc…I’ll try that next time.

Reply February 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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Carmen SAYS:

FYI-make sure the chocolate is very cool if you use a plastic bag with the corner snipped off! I nearly burned myself. I will use a bottle next time. The 2 hr. cool period is a must or the designs will bend.Made these for Valentine’s day and my husband loved it!

Reply February 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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Rochelle SAYS:

So simple and easy! Thanks!

Reply February 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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