You don't need a recipe to make cabbage patch chocolates - just a technique guide to show you the way. To begin you'll need quite a bit of equipment and ingredients. There are two sites that I like for supplies - each one has its shortfalls. The one with the biggest selection is http://www.sugarcraft.com/. The drawbacks with using sugarcraft are that they are very impersonal - there is no phone number if you have a problem, and if you don't have your order number, you are completely out of luck - they cannot tell you anything about your order without it. In addition, they are very slow - no inquiries until at least 10 days, and that's when they ship. From this site, you also cannot order a small quantity of candy eyes, unless you take whatever color they give you (and some of the colors are very funky and not suitable for baby dolls). They do, however, have a huge selection with photos which makes it easy to see what to buy. The site that I actually bought the supplies from is: http://www.chocomolds.com/. They are very personal and friendly, shipped quickly and had a package of 48 eyes. It is hard to use their site, however, because they don't have any pictures, so you need to know what you want.
Here is what you need:
Baby Face Lolly Chocolate Mold (3 per mold)
Mercken's Peach Wafers (this is very delicious tasting coating- Do not buy Wilton wafers which are yucchy). If you are filling the molds completely with this, you need 2 ounces per face (you won't use that much but you lose some to hardening on utensils and bowls).
Dark Chocolate, if filling the centers with it - about 1-1/2 ounce per face. I used chocolate chips because they were cheaper (Ghirardelli). If I were making fewer and spending only my money, I would have used bar chocolate. Bar chocolate tastes better (to me) and is easier to work with because it melts into a thinner state than chocolate chips.
Instant-read thermometer - if you plan on tempering the chocolate
Mercken's Cocoa Dark Wafers (ok tasting - I use it for decorating only) - 1 bag if you want to paint on dark hair. You can also paint the hair with real chocolate, but if you don't temper it, it might turn whitish or rainbow-colored. If you want light brown hair, add brown food color to the peach wafers. If you want blond, you will need to buy 1 bag of Mercken's Yellow or White Wafers(not super white) and add food coloring to these. You might also need Paramount Crystals to get the yellow coating to melt ( I didn't need it for the peach wafers).
Candy Eyes - each small package has 48 eyes. Don't forget that you need 2 per face! You can make your own eyes, but you will need fondant and food coloring to do that.
4-1/2-inch sucker sticks
Petal Dust or something like that in a pink color to brush on the cheeks - I think I bought mine at Michael's, but any place that sells gumpaste supplies will have some.
Assorted brushes - you'll need some good quality brushes so that the hairs don't come off in the chocolate,and one cheap, bushy brush for putting on blush. The pointy one I use for attaching the eyes and the one on the right I use for brushing blush. The pointy one was part of a set of more expensive brushes
by Loew-Cornell. There are two nice pointy brushes in the set. #1 and #4 370 round and 370 liner. You'll have to do an Internet search as I don't know where I bought them.
This is also from the Loew-Cornell set. 370 Shader #8. It's useful if you need to brush on chocolate to spots that you missed. Also good for fixing errors (more on this later).
Heating Pad for keeping the chocolate and chocolate wafers melted and at the right temperature.
Small cake decorating spatula - I like the one that is angled (I got mine at Michael's - it's manufactured by the The Ace of Cakes guy, Duff). It looks larger in the photo, but the blade before it bends is actually only 3-1/2 inches long.
Tweezers that you use only for food prep. I bought a special pair from a gumpaste supplier, but you could use regular tweezers as long as they stay in the kitchen!
Full-size muffin papers in various colors - one for each head
Tissue paper for the clothing - about a 5 or 6-inch square for each head
Ribbon - at least 6-inches for each, or more if you want to tie bows
If you're going to fill the entire mold with the coating, do that now, filling each mold right up to the top. Set the molds in the refrigerator to chill until the coating is completely set- anywhere between 5 -15 minutes.
If you plan to fill the centers with chocolate, you'll need to coat each mold with the peach coating. There are two methods for coating the mold with chocolate. I prefer to spoon in about 1-1/2 teaspoons of the peach coating into each of the 3 holes and then to swirl the chocolate around inside of the molds until they are completely coated. You'll be doing all three at once. I like this method best because it spreads the coating evenly and is much faster than painting each cup.
In the below photo you can see that I have missed some spots at the top, too. These will be especially problematic if you don't notice them, as the dark chocolate and coating might not adhere well and you might get some separation when you try to unmold the chocolates (more on this later).
Place the molds in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. This will take about 5 minutes if the chocolate has been tempered and 15-25 minutes if the chocolate was not tempered.
Cover the top of the chocolate with 1 final layer of coating. I find it's easiest to just spread it with a teaspoon. Make sure that the molds are completely filled up, and then set them back into the refrigerator for about 3 minutes to set the coating.
Then heat the spatula in the flame of a gas stove or over the coil of an electric, just for a few seconds to get the spatula warm. Press the spatula on the glob of chocolate and smooth it out. You can use your finger to do the final smoothing.
For the eyes, use a fine pointed brush to dot a small glob of melted peach coating in the socket of each eye. Use tweezers to set the eyes into the sockets, and then press lightly so that the eye will adhere to the melted chocolate.
If you want to make your own eyes, I think it is much easier to use fondant than to pipe royal icing eyes. Roll fondant into small round balls - they should be smaller than the sockets. Into the center
of each ball, press in a small colored ball. For the iris, use black food coloring. Eyes will look more natural if the iris is slightly cut off at the bottom of the eye (not as shown here), so that it gives the suggestion of a lower eye lid.
The last thing to do is to give the cheeks a little blush. Use the petal or luster dust in a pretty pink color. Don't put too much on the brush at once. The dust has a little bit of a glittery effect, but if you put it on sparingly, and brush off any excess, it really gives the babies depth and personality!
For the bonnets, use scizzors to make a slit in the side edge of the muffin papers, and then set the heads intothe bonnets. You can do the bonnets or the sleep sacks first.
To make the sleep sacks, set the tissue paper square either under the lower third of the head or at the neck.
and then tie the ribbon around the top.
You can also make a wider bottom, so that they look more like sleep sacks.
Voila! You have now made some of the cutest looking chocolate lollypops in the world!