My Teeth in Chocolate

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.

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24 Responses to “My Teeth in Chocolate”

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 12, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Oh my gosh this is hilarious!

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    Sue — September 12, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Ha ha, I must show this to my dentist son-in-law:) I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of it! When he was in dental school, he and a friend each molded their newborn’s arm/hand and fashioned it into little sculptures:)

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    Kelsi — September 12, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    YES. Excellent use of the vacuform machine! Looks like I’ll be spending some after hours time in the lab at school!

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    Shiloh Barkley — September 12, 2012 @ 10:02 pm
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    Anonymous — September 13, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    I’m in my second week of dental school! Those tooth cupcakes are how I discovered your blog last year, and I’ve been reading it regularly ever since. I obviously havent been able to use the Vacuform machine yet, but I did take impressions yesterday! So much fun!

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    Rayna — September 13, 2012 @ 3:01 am

    OMG THESE ARE AMAZINGGG!!! I am doing a GPR and this is what I’m going to have to work on next time a patient doesn’t show up!!! :)

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    jdv7700 — September 13, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    best use of a vacuform yet…..i will definitely be making these for our next dental school party!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 13, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    A bit creepy, but a lot cool! My best friend’s husband is a dentist, I will have to show this post to them both!

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    Ellen — September 13, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    You are crazy, girl…Good kinda crazy! :)

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    Heather — September 14, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    BAAAAHAHAHAHA!!!! Those are AWESOME!!!

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    Anonymous — September 15, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I am so doing this probably not using my teeth might use the tooth mold we have to teach new assistants to pour up models just cause they are straight lol

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    Stef — September 15, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    That is totally amazing! It’s so creative and fun! Love it!

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    mml — September 16, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    These are amazing Erica! Hope you are enjoying 4th year!

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    Anonymous — September 17, 2012 @ 3:26 am

    What type of tray material did you use? What’s the thickness? This is SOOO CUTE!

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    Festive Party Girl — September 18, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    Well this definitely takes sweet tooth to a whole new level. lol

    I don’t think these would go over very well at your next party, unless it’s a Halloween party! They would be very fun for Halloween.

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    Danielle — October 10, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    these are great!! very nice dentition! :-)

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    Yesle @ D is for Dentist — October 11, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    I think our tooth morphology professor would love these! Healthy gum and beautiful molars, Erica! :)

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    Kirsten — November 5, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    I am also a dental student. I collected the demo bleach trays from uni that were no longer needed and used these as chocolate moulds. I can’t believe how well it turned out. I absolutely love your dental inspired creation and have been following your blog since 2009 and have been inspired by other females who are passionate about the dental industry but also love sweats and treats :)

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    Congchua — November 11, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Brillant idea. Im a dentist and I love your creativity… Its funny because I have a big sweet tooth too!

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    LAURIE — March 22, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    I LOVE THESE! I am a denture tech and these are fantastic!

    will be doing this soon!

    thanks for the idea!

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    Inma Redondo — May 21, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    This is amazing!! I’m a Spanish 4th year dentistry student like u ^^ and I would like to try bakery too! Sometimes we have things closer than we think! You had so good idea! I’ll try too, I can’t resist the urge! haha (sorry my english… :) )

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    Pelin — September 18, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    Actually last year I had my teeth whitened at home (in order to be less destructive) aaaand I have my molds staying unused because the whitenig process is over when I saw this it was like a light bulb :) Why haven’t I thought of this. I will give it a try.

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