I had this idea that it would be funny to hide a real egg, covered in chocolate, inside a Kinder Surprise egg foil. It didn't really turn out the way I thought it would, as I couldn't get the chocolate finish very smooth on my egg and it was much to heavy to be authentic. Though sure not to fool many, I thought I would share the process and results here.
I recently found out that Kinder Surprise are not available in the United States. The Wikipedia page on Kinder Surprise links to an article where an American that was stopped at the border with Kinder Eggs in his possession was asked by the border agent "Are you aware kinder eggs are illegal in the United States and carry a $2,500 fine per egg"? The article continues to read that "25,000 Kinder Eggs have been seized at the border between Canada and the USA.
America is a crazy place.
1) I started by gently pulling up the seam of the two halves of the egg foil, then worked my way around the circumference until both sides of the foil were separated. The foil was gently pulled from the egg and set aside. Go slow, the foil tears easily.
2) I made a small egg stand to allow the chocolate covered egg to cool and harden on by drilling small openings in a scrap paint stir stick, then glued four nails closely together. The egg will rest on the points of the nails and allow a more even coating.
3) An egg was removed from the fridge and left at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Coating cold eggs creates condensation on the egg shell when rolling in hot chocolate which can cause your chocolate to seize.
4) Chocolate was melted on a bain marie by putting a large stainless steel mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water. Indirectly melting chocolate creates a more even heat and prevents burning. After the chocolate was melted the egg was gently rolled and covered in chocolate, and then laid to rest on the egg stand I made.
5) After about 5 minutes the chocolate had hardened, place in fridge and allow to cool completely for 30 minutes.
6) Rewrap chocolate egg in Kinder Surprise foil and place alongside other treats.
I think I could maybe rub a damp cloth over the chocolate to get a shinier finish, but as is might look convincing if the culprit is hungry/gullible enough. What are your thoughts, how would you have done this project?