How to Make Chocolate Curls

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Learn how to make chocolate curls from a bar of chocolate to dress up any dessert recipe that could use a bonus cocoa element.

A pile of chocolate curls.

Tutorial notes

  • Chocolate bar: Quality matters. Feel free to mix up the cacao percentage or make chocolate shavings with a couple of bars of varying colors (I love a mix of milk and extra dark chocolate) for visual and flavor complexity.
  • White chocolate: For a snowy look, consider adding a dusting of white chocolate curls on top of the dark or milk chocolate curls.
  • Yield: A 3- to 4-ounce bar and this method makes enough chocolate curls to top my Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake). Scale up or down as needed for your specific chocolate dessert recipe.
  • Storage: To prevent any potential melting, refrigerate the chocolate curls until you’re ready to use them.
  • Top it off: Try chocolate curls as a topping for ice cream sundaes, Oreo Brownie Trifle, Black Forest Cake, Chocolate Lasagna, Icebox Cake, or Cheesecake Brownies.

Instructions

  • Using a vegetable peeler, shave the edge of the chocolate bar for narrow curls, or the side of the chocolate bar for wide curls. Curls can be refrigerated or kept at room temperature for a short amount of time.
Shaving chocolate curls off a bar of chocolate.

Desserts to top with chocolate curls

A pile of chocolate curls.

How to Make Chocolate Curls

Learn how to make chocolate curls from a bar of chocolate to dress up any dessert recipe that could use a bonus cocoa element.
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 8 servings (1 tbsp each)
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 85

Ingredients 

  • 1 (4 ounce) chocolate bar room temperature (see note 1)

Instructions 

  • Using a vegetable peeler, shave the edge of the chocolate bar for narrow curls, or the side of the chocolate bar for wide curls. Curls can be refrigerated or kept at room temperature for a short amount of time.

Notes

  1. Chocolate bar: Quality matters. Feel free to mix up the cacao percentage or make chocolate shavings with a couple of bars of varying colors (I love a mix of milk and extra dark chocolate) for visual and flavor complexity.
  2. White chocolate: For a snowy look, consider adding a dusting of white chocolate curls on top of the dark or milk chocolate curls.
  3. Yield: A 3- to 4-ounce bar and this method makes enough chocolate curls to top my Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake). Scale up or down as needed for your specific chocolate dessert recipe.
  4. Storage: To prevent any potential melting, refrigerate the chocolate curls until you’re ready to use them.
  5. Top it off: Try chocolate curls as a topping for ice cream sundaes, Oreo Brownie Trifle, Black Forest Cake, Chocolate Lasagna, Icebox Cake, or Cheesecake Brownies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbspCalories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 6IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 2mg
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