Okay, so if you have little to no connection to the field of dentistry, I’m pretty sure this post won’t interest you. But after I posted my Tooth Cupcakes last year, I realized I have a lot of readers that are dentists, assistants, hygienists, or married/related to any of the above. So yes, this is very nerdy of me, but I have a feeling there’s a good number of you that can relate! After I saw that Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, a fashion blogger, painted a cast of her mouth in a stylish shade of gold and displayed it in her bathroom, I thought it only made sense that as a dental student/food blogger, I should make a cast of my mouth out of chocolate. It’s not the most accurate representation of my pearly whites, and definitely shames the money my parents spent on orthodontics to make my teeth look great, but it’s still a pretty neat project that I had a blast making.
I spend a decent amount of money buying chocolate molds for various projects, mostly jello shots and truffles, but recently I came to the realization that I have access to my very own candy mold maker – the Vacuform machine in our backup lab used to make impression trays. After making impressions of my own mouth, I poured them up in blue stone and used the Vacuform machine to make the plastic impression trays that you can see in the picture below. I used these as the candy molds to form my teeth and gums, and now have a tasty version of my chompers. Now my mind is racing thinking of what else I can use this machine to make chocolate molds for – the options are endless!
If you don’t have access to all these fancy dental tools like I do, there are plenty of generic tooth molds (and even ice cube trays that double as chocolate molds) available on the internet that will also do the job. But as a dental student, I couldn’t settle for generic in this case, and was proud to see some of my hard earned dental skills come into use for something so delicious. I just have to remember to brush shortly after taking a bite of these!
Chocolate Tooth Molds
This isn’t really a recipe as much of an idea, so here’s a list of things to consider if you’re interested in making these:
- Get yourself a mold of teeth – either your own if you have access to dental materials – or find one online or in a baking store. Here are two examples: Chocolate Tooth Mold, Ice Cube Tooth Tray
- Melt white chocolate candy melts in the microwave, and then transfer to a piping bag cut with a small hole. Pipe white chocolate into all the tooth wells, leaving space for the gums. I found piping to be more accurate than placing the white chocolate in with a toothpick or spatula because you can be more precise. Let the white chocolate set completely before moving on.
- Melt pink candy melts and fill the rest of the mold. I made little patties of pink chocolate on a piece of wax paper and inverted the filled molds so they had a nice base. Depending on the type of tooth mold you have, you may not need to do this.
- Allow the chocolate to set completely before attempting to separate the molds – I recommend at least 20 minutes in the fridge. You can use leftover white and pink chocolate to touch up any spots that didn’t come out well and use a sharp knife to clean the edges.