Homemade Chocolate Surprise Easter Eggs

chocolate-surprise easter eggs
Photo: Nico Schinco
Total Time:
45 mins
Makes Eight 2-inch or Five 4-inch Eggs

Here's a fun Easter surprise: Make your own hollow chocolate eggs and fill them with surprise treats. The egg-shaped silicone molds will do most of the work for you, making them look pretty and polished.


  • 2 ounces yellow, blue, or pink candy melts (or combination), such as Wilton

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening, or as needed

  • 12 ounces dark-coco candy melts, such as Wilton

  • Candies, such as jelly beans and milk-chocolate eggs, for filling


  1. Melt colored melts in a heat-proof bowl (or separate bowls, if using multiple colors) according to package instructions until completely melted and smooth. Consistency should be loose but spreadable; if too thick, stir in shortening, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until proper consistency is reached.

  2. Using a food-safe paintbrush, brush insides of clean, dry 2-inch or 4-inch egg molds with light-handed, wide brushstrokes of colored melt. Refrigerate 5 minutes, or let set in a cool place about 30 minutes.

  3. Melt cocoa melts in a heatproof bowl according to package instructions until completely melted and smooth. Let cool until warm and pourable but no longer hot to the touch (if too hot, it will melt the brushstroke design). Working one at a time, pour 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa melt (depending on size of mold) into each mold, over colored brushstrokes. Use a clean food-safe brush to gently brush chocolate into an even layer over bottom and up sides of each egg until completely covered, taking extra care when brushing over colored brushstrokes. Let set, then repeat 2 to 3 more times, until you have a nice, thick layer. (This will make the eggs sturdier and keep them from breaking during assembly.)

  4. Scrape edges of molds with a sharp paring knife to create clean edges; reserve any remaining chocolate to remelt for assembly. Refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes (to set and make easier to remove).

  5. Meanwhile, reheat reserved chocolate until smooth and brushable. Gently pop each egg half out of its mold, then fill one half with candies and brush edges with reserved chocolate. Press second egg half at seam until connected. Repeat with remaining eggs. Scrape seams of eggs with paring knife again to create a smooth oval. Handle with care and store in a cool, dry place up to 1 week.

Cook's Notes

You can find egg molds at confectioneryhouse.com or craft and kitchen-supply stores.

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