Tuesday, February 21, 2012

DIY Chocolate Covered Wine Bottles Tutorial

 

This past weekend I went over to my friend Tammi's and with friends Janna and Deanne we made chocolate covered wine bottles. She found the idea online and had a picture on her phone but no link to a site so we worked on recreating this fun idea.

chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
They are the perfect hostess gift! I brought mine over to dinner with some of our friends that night. The way to eat this is to take out the bottle of wine from the inside bag.  When you pull the bottle out of the bag the chocolate starts to crumble. Break the rest of the chocolate up in the bag and then you can pour it into a bowl. Serve the chocolate with the wine.

 
We started out having lunch at Bob Evans before your shopping trip to Joanns and World Market to get supplies. We got melting chocolate and plastic bags at Joanns. At World Market we bought the wine  I had picked a Merlot blend to go with the chocolate and I thought it worked well. You can pick any bottle of wine that you would want to serve with the chocolate. You can also use soda bottles so this craft can be fun for kids too.
 
 
We also bought some candies and Tammi also had others she had picked up. The possibilities are endless! We used pretzel m&m's, oreos, chocolate covered pretzels, pistachios and chocolates. Whatever you would want to eat with chocolate.
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
 
We started by rolling the bag in the back to make it smaller and taping it down on the inside flap of the plastic.
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
 
Then we melted a lot of chocolate in a double boiler.
 
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Now comes the tricky part, trying to cover the bottle in the chocolate. The best strategy we came up with was to have one person dripping the chocolate on the top with a spatula while a second person smoothed it with a basting brush. Janna is helping me with this one.
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
Then we let them dry.
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
After the chocolate hardened we put another layer of chocolate on and started decorating. It's time to get creative!
 
The bigger pieces of candies seemed to stick better when the chocolate started hardening. It also worked well to start with a bottom layer and have everything rest on the layer below.
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY

Tammi and Deanne decorating their creations.
 
This beauty was mine :)
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
After the bottles were decorated we let them dry.
 
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
After the chocolate had hardened we took a second bag and placed the bottle inside and tied with a ribbon on top.
 
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
Don't you love the wine coasters? They are little flip flops you slide the glasses in. Tammi got them from Bed Bath and Beyond. I think I need some :)
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY


chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY
 
chocolate covered wine bottles tutorial DIY


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