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How To Make Chocolate Curls Tutorial

How To Make Chocolate Curls Tutorial

Once upon a time, I attempted chocolate curls with a warm bar of chocolate and a vegetable peeler. What I ended up with was super small chocolate shavings lol. Not cute, but at least it would give a little color and contrast to the top of my whip cream covered desserts. I convinced myself that taste over presentation mattered, but then I learned I can actually have both!

If you have ever wondered how to make chocolate curls and thought they were forever beyond your skill set, as I did, then you’re in for a shocking revelation! They are very easy to make! I found a super simple tutorial at Food Network and gave it a try, detailing the four-step process in the pics below. From here on out, my every dessert will be adorned with beautiful chocolate curls!

These beautiful chocolate curls are featured on top of my chocolate brownie and mouse trifle. It serves a crowd, is super easy, and has a beautiful presentation!

How To Make Chocolate Curls

How To Make Chocolate Curls


  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate squares
  • 1 tablespoon all-vegetable shortening, such as Crisco


  1. Place the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl with the vegetable shortening. Throw it in the microwave until the shortening is melted and hot, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir with a fork to combine thoroughly.
  2. Next, pour the melted chocolate over the underside of a clean cookie sheet. Then, with an offset spatula or a knife, spread the chocolate in a thin layer. Keep going until it's very, very thin. Then...and this is the key...stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  3. After a few minutes, check that the chocolate is ready by pressing it with your finger tip; it should leave the slightest mark, but not an actual depression.
  4. Next, get a somewhat sharp-edged spatula and begin to scrape the chocolate from the bottom of the pan. When the chocolate is just the right temperature, it'll curl instead of break. If it gets too soft, stick it back in the freezer for a minute.
  5. Pretty soon you'll have a bunch of fun little chocolate curls.
  6. Important: As soon as possible, transfer the curls to a cold pan or plate, and then stick them in the freezer to harden. Store in the freezer in a zip-top bag until you need them. Use them to adorn pies, cakes or platters of fruit. You'll feel instantly fancy!

Melt chocolate with shortening in the microwave

Spread over the back of a clean cookie sheet

Freeze and then scrape with a sharp metal spatula

How To Make Chocolate Curls Tutorial

Have you ever tried and/or failed at making chocolate curls? Is this tutorial something you would try?

how to make chocolate curls tutorial – foodnetwork.com

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  • Cindi

    This is great! I really appreciate the accompanying photos and I am going to have to remember this. I’ve tried to make these before and ended up with shavings more than actual curls. Thanks!

    • @disqus_7fsNE8HDue:disqus this was my first attempt that ever worked, thanks to the tutorial and it turned out to be so easy. no more shavings for me ;) i hope you’ll give it a try :)

  • Kat

    I would like to be an official taste tester, which would back your humble opinion Im sure!!! Looks delish and I cant wait for the recipe!!

    • you’re officially my taste tester ;)

  • These are so pretty! I love little details like that and will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

    • heeey @apeachysonder:disqus if you give this a try, i hope you’ll share a pic and let me know what you think :)

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  • Cheri Copeland

    Think this would work with coconut oil?

  • Alli Smith

    The freezer really does make a difference when you’re making chocolate curls. They add such a pretty garnish to your trifle. You did a great job!

  • Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    Ok, so this is pretty cool! I’ve always wondered how those curls happened. I will have to give this a shot! Thanks!

  • blm03

    This is so cool. My issue would be not eating them before I can use them! LOL

  • Christy Maurer

    These are so pretty! I wouldn’t have thought to put them in the freezer after you make them! Thanks for the tip!

  • Pam W

    I never knew how to make chocolate curls like this. Now my holiday brownie trifle will look professional!

  • I seriously will have to share this with my teen daughter who loves to bake and find new creative things to do with baking. I love the idea of having her learn to make chocolate curls, they look so decadent!

  • These are great! I’d love to start making some of these for a bunch of different desserts. They are really pretty!

  • Oh my you made it looks so easy! I’m not the perfect baker but this is actually looks pretty easy :D

  • This.looks.so.good! P.s. I also love the see-through dish you placed it in – makes you appreciate the work that went into the cake!

  • TheNewClassy

    I have seen these before and often wondered how they were made. Thanks for sharing it. They look quite tasty.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    I have never used the chocolate curls on a cake that I made before. This is something I am going to be trying for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe and instructions.

  • Melissa Dixon

    I think these would be perfect on so many things. I would love to add them to a pie, cookies, brownies, cake, and basically anything! Maybe even a fancy drink.

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve always wondered how they make those perfect chocolate curls. Haha. Now I know! I’m going to show off my new skill to my mom. :)

  • I’ve never tried making those before. Those look really pretty like that. Thanks for sharing how to make them.

  • Gwen Mulholland

    I have tried making them before but never this way. I love how pretty they can make a dessert look and taste.

  • You make it look SO EASY! I always thought they would melt before I got to curl them. I will try your technique!

  • I feel like a fool right now. I thought making chocolate curls was a serious intricate process and required great attention to detail. Ha! I had no idea, I want to try this just because now.

  • Chrissy Hme

    I love how chocolate curls look on a cake. Very pretty and elegant!