Chocolate Hat (for Hat Day, Jan 15!)
Here is the wide-brimmed Chocolate Hat I made -- on a pig! My head was too big for it. Haha. :) It is pretty easy to make.
While I made it for Hat Day, you could make it for fun or other events or parties. For example, I'm planning on making a more decorated and blinged out Chocolate Hat for for Kentucky Derby Day.
Making a chocolate hat is also practicing making chocolate bowls -- if you just flip them over. Or chocolate spheres -- if you put 2 hemispheres together.
What is Hat Day? is at the bottom of the post.
What I used:
- White chocolate melting wafers
- Cooking spray
- 2 1/2" silicone mold
- Ziploc bag
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet (just a flat surface for the chocolate to set)
- Binder clips
- Bamboo skewer (just a flat surface to even out the chocolate)
1.) Make 2 parts of the hat -- "crown"(bowl part of the hat) using the silicone mold and wide brim by piping a thick ring.
2.) Place the "crown" on top of the brim. Voila! Hat!
What I Did:
I put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet & sprayed it with cooking spray.
For whatever reason, when I was making the hat, I thought I should use what is typically thought of as the bottom of the silicone mold. The binder clips weren't really necessary here, but it helped me save room in the fridge because I could fit the silicone mold and space for the chocolate for the wide brim of the hat on the same baking sheet.
I also sprayed the silicone mold with cooking spray. Maybe I shouldn't have done that.
I melted the white chocolate in the microwave on defrost setting in 30-second & 15-second intervals in a Ziploc bag. I snipped a corner of the Ziploc bag and then piped it onto the silicone mold and onto the baking sheet. I used a bamboo skewer to kind of even out the chocolate.
Piping chocolate from a Ziploc bag isn't what I see chocolatiers do & I'm not great at chocolate, so maybe I should do what they do, haha! :) But this way seems to use less chocolate. I put it in the fridge to set.
After ~1 hour or so in the fridge, I carefully removed the "crown" from the silicone mold and the brim from the parchment paper and made a hat!
Give it a try! We are good at this!
What is Hat Day? "“That season we were loaded with pizazz. Earrings of fuchsia and peach. Mind you, peach. And hats. Hats, hats, hats for career girls,” – This quote from Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, perhaps defines one of the most amazing things about hats. They enable the person wearing them to be absolutely anything, and to bring a sprig of style to an outfit, and truly round it out.From protecting your head from the cold or heat of the day, to just expressing who you are to the world, Hat Day is a great day to sport your best headwear!
History of Hat Day
"Its no doubt that National Hat Day was created by a hat loving individual or group. There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a "National" day, which requires an act of congress." http://holidayinsights.com/other/hatday.htm Hats have been in the world since at least 3000 BC, as an image of a man wearing a hat of straw was discovered in a mural from that time. Since then, hats have served some incredibly diverse purposes, from simple protective wear to help those stuck out in the rain, cold, or hot sun, to indicating status and rank." https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hat-day/
Happy Hat Day!