Paint on chocolate canvas in these Long Island art classes

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You can paint your candies and eat them too. All over Long Island, families and friends paint with chocolate. You have been warned: these chocolate masterpieces tend to disappear during the drive home.

A class new to Long Island includes a paintbrush, colorful chocolate palette, and dark chocolate canvas, while returning favorites let confectioners decorate truffles, chocolate bombs, and more.

PAINTING ON CHOCOLATE CANVAS

If you want to create a gallery style chocolate painting, go for it at Disset Chocolate. The chocolate maker of the Ursula XVII store created this unique concept of chocolate painting. During one of his workshops (for eight or less), you’ll enter a room with 10 x 12-inch slabs of dark chocolate set on easels around a table. These are chocolate canvases. Next to each is a palette of red, blue, yellow, and white melted chocolate, a brush and a sponge to use for texture and layering. Sometimes a local artist will bring in an original painting to use as a subject. Ursula explains, “Other times a bunch of flowers will be the subject, or a cornfield of asparagus, dahlias or a bowl of fruit. We try to do something different in each class. If people want to come back, they know they won’t do the same thing twice. “

You are free to paint whatever inspires you. Ursula says: “It’s an open mind. Some people paint abstracts… I’ve seen others bite the edges of their chocolate canvases and add the pieces to their paintings. I’ve never had a class where two people painted the same thing. ”

Ursula also offers chocolate painting workshops during the holidays. Guests are given hollow chocolate sculptures (a Thanksgiving pumpkin, snowman, etc.), which are about a foot tall. They paint the sculptures, then break them and devour the Disset truffles and chocolates inside. Regardless of the workshop, Ursula attracts a multigenerational crowd. She said with a smile: “Children and parents come, grandmothers paint gifts for their grandchildren; we have bachelorette parties, people on dates, mothers and daughters. We receive a bit of everything. “

DETAILS: Disset Chocolate, 28080 Main Rd., Cutchogue; 917-603-5859; Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for workshop prices and reservations. Classes start at $ 68. Chocolate painting kits are sold in the shop; dissetchocolateonline.com.

CHOCOLATE MOLDS

If painting on a mold is your speed, try it at Chocolate Works Plainview. There are well over 100 molds to choose from for birthday parties, baby shower, girl’s night out, company meeting, date and more. When a chocolate party begins, each guest chooses a clear plastic mold case. It can be anything from a unicorn to a cell phone to an alligator or a rose. Executive Director Susan Cave said, “If there’s a party theme and someone wants a mold to go with it, I’ll find it. “

After selecting a mold, each party guest sits down at a table with a paintbrush and a palette of six rainbow colors (made from melted white chocolate). Guests paint designs inside their mold envelopes, then milk chocolate is poured over them and put in the freezer. Cave says, “When the molds harden, they come out. We turn them over and the colored chocolate patterns are on top.”

DETAILS: Chocolate Works Plainview; 371 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview; 516-252-3855; Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. call for rates and evening reservations. Classes start at $ 25. Chocolate painting kits are sold in the shop; chocolateworx.com.

Squeeze bottle paint

If you prefer a more deliciously gooey chocolate painting experience, you’ll find it at the Stony Brook Chocolate Shop. At the start of each workshop, there is a plethora of molds to choose from, ranging from sunflowers to dinosaurs to skulls. The molds are immediately filled with chocolate and harden quickly. Then, class guests are given squeeze bottles filled with 10 different colors (made with melted white chocolate and food coloring). They paint their chocolate molds by squeezing the wavy, misty colors of the bottles. Assistant principal Katie Farrell explains, “You can create designs using the squeeze bottles of chocolate and also use the chocolate as a glue to hold the decorations together. Some people create tie-dye designs. Others decorate their molds with candies. from the store’s candy wall. “

This fall, families can come pick out a ready-made 3D chocolate Thanksgiving wreath, a chocolate gingerbread house for the holidays, and more. The molds are already made, all you have to do is paint.

DETAILS: Stony Brook Chocolate, 143 Main Street, Stony Brook; 631-675-9366; Hours are Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm; Call for more information on the workshop, reservations and prices. Classes start at $ 15; stonybrookchocolate.com.

HOT COCOA BOMBS

If you want to paint “hot chocolate bombs” that will burst into cocoa, head over to Sugared Up! Chocolate painting parties and events are offered weekly. To paint a hot chocolate bomb, you will start with a small, prefabricated chocolate sphere with a hole in the top. Fill it with chocolate, marshmallows and peppermint. Then the sphere will be closed (using chocolate as “glue”) and it’s time to decorate it with a brush and melted rainbow chocolate. Finally, place the sphere in a cup and pour hot milk or hot water over it. The sphere will burst into a cup of amazing hot chocolate.

Another popular party activity is chocolate painting on molds. Choose from football helmets, racing cars, zodiac signs, ballet shoes and more. “Some people really take their time designing, and the chocolate molds come out beautifully,” says owner Lisa Piazza. “They sit for almost 90 minutes painting.” Look for upcoming family chocolate painting workshops, where you’ll decorate a Thanksgiving centerpiece, menorah, or Christmas tree surrounded by train tracks.

DETAILS: Sugared Up !, 522 Main Street, Islip; 631-44-1930, The hours are Friday, Saturday from 10:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:30 am to 9 pm, Monday from 11 am to 9 pm; call for reservations, event information and pricing; sugaredupny.com.

CHOCOLATE POPS

If you want to paint chocolate lollipops, get a kit from Chocolicious Chocolatier.

Chocolate Paint Kit includes up to six lollipop molds, one chocolate filler, four paintable chocolate colors, lollipop sticks, palette, brushes, and step-by-step instructions. The kits are themed, so you can paint snowflake shards, flower shards, and even insect shards.

DETAILS: Chocolicious Chocolatier Inc., 74 Birch Hill Road, Locust Valley; 516-671-6835; Hours Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday to Monday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; Call ahead to order kits and prices. The chocolate lollipop paint kits cost $ 19.75 each; chocolicious.com.

CHOCOLATE DIP

If you don’t have the patience to paint with a brush, take a shortcut and dip your chocolate in the Kilwins Chocolate store in Port Jefferson. You’ll walk into the store’s kitchen and dip Twinkies, marshmallows, pretzels, cookies, or Rice Krispie treats into machines filled with white, dark, or milk chocolate. Decorate them with candy in the store and treat yourself.

DETAILS: Kilwins Port Jefferson, 109-D Main St., Port Jefferson; 631-509-6555; Opening hours Friday, Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, Thursday from noon to 9:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m. Call or check Facebook for dates of chocolate dip events; kilwins.com.

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