Chocolate man, it's easy to cast his profile.
To make a pattern, you'll need a color slide of a close-up of a person's profile.
Project the slide onto a sheet of paper so the image is 5 to 6 inches tall. Trace an outline onto the paper. Slide the pattern underneath a piece of waxed paper on a baking sheet and tape down to secure.
For each silhouette, you'll need a total of 1/2 cup (4 oz.) semisweet chocolate baking chips. Melt about half the chips in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip about 1/8 inch in diameter; use it to pipe chocolate onto waxed paper along pattern lines. Chill on baking sheet until hard.
Melt remaining 1/4 cup chips. Spread into center of outline to make an even layer. Chill until hard, at least 1 hour. Invert silhouette onto a second sheet of waxed paper and peel away paper on top.
To store silhouettes, cover with a paper towel, then wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate as long as 2 weeks (if you store longer, the chocolate may turn white). To mount into a box, tie silhouette around the neck with ribbon as we did here.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 1984|
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