How Do They Make Hollow Chocolate Easter Rabbits?

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Chocolate Easter bunnies and other animals lie on a table prior to being packaged at the Confiserie Felicitas chocolate maker in Hornow, Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

­Every Easter you can buy all sorts of hollow chocolate candies — chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits, and so on. The funny thing is that the hollowness seem­s to actually give them a different taste or texture somehow. A hollow rabbit is definitely a different eating experience than a solid one!

­There are two common ways to make a hollow egg or rabbit:

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  1. If you are using a mold that is open at one end: Fill a mold full of melted chocolate, let it sit for a moment or two and then pour the liquid chocolate out. Some of the chocolate will have solidified on the inside of the mold. This is also a common technique for making filled chocolates (for example, chocolate covered cherries or cremes). It works well if there can be a hole in the figure (usually on the bottom) when you get done.
  2. If you are using a complete mold: Open the mold, fill it with some melted chocolate, close the mold and turn it so that the liquid chocolate coats the entire inside of the mold. Then open the mold after the chocolate has solidified. (Chocolate maker Lindt has a video that explains this approach in more detail.)

­You can try the second approach at home if you have some chocolate and a plastic Easter egg that opens in the middle. Melt the chocolate and pour some into the plastic egg. Close the egg and rotate it in all directions to coat the interior evenly. Open the plastic egg and remove the chocolate — cooling in the refrigerator may make things easier. If you find it sticks, coat the inside of the plastic egg with a bit of oil or butter first­.­

Originally Published: Apr 21, 2000

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Chocolate Easter Bunny FAQ

How are hollow Easter bunnies made?
If you are using a complete mold - Open the mold, fill it with some melted chocolate, close the mold and turn it so that the liquid chocolate coats the entire inside of the mold. Then open the mold after the chocolate has solidified.
Why are chocolate bunnies hollow?
The funny thing is that the hollowness seem­s to actually give them a different taste or texture somehow. A hollow rabbit is definitely a different eating experience than a solid one!
How did the Easter Bunny get associated with Easter?
The fabled white bunny we've come to know originated in Germany in the 1500s, where it was originally a white hare. It was believed that if a young child was especially good, the Easter Bunny would leave a nest full of colorful eggs.
How many calories are in a Lindt chocolate bunny?
A 100 gram Lindt Chocolate Gold Bunny has 270 calories.
What does the Easter egg have to do with Jesus?
Author Rowland Purton explains how Christians in Mesopotamia first gave eggs to their friends at Easter to remind them of the resurrection of Jesus.