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How to Create Brilliant Powder Covered Bonbons

How to Create Brilliant Powder Covered Bonbons

Two hands cupped to hold 4 brilliant powder covered bonbons.

Tiny size, big impact! Chef Jamie Caudy teaches us how to create Brilliant Powder covered chocolate bonbon molds, a perfect solution for large catering events. Check out these 5 easy steps to create miniature desserts that everyone will love!

A white bonbon mold sitting text to a container of brilliant powder and a brush.

Step 1: Set Up


  • Clean and polish bonbon molds with a soft cotton cloth and/or cotton balls.
  • Using a food safe brush, paint each cavity with desired Brilliant Powder color, very generously.
  • Once all cavities are brushed, tilt the mold to move around excess luster dust to ensure an even coating. Turn mold over onto a piece of clean parchment paper and tap out all excess dust.
  • Reserve until you have all molds prepared and your chocolate is tempered and ready to fill.
Two images: the left image is of a hand holding an open container of red brilliant powder and a brush over a bonbon mold. The right image is of a hand dusting the bon bon mold with the brilliant powder.

Step 2: Chocolate Time!


  • Temper desired chocolate according to manufacturer’s standards.
  • Using a ladle, fill the mold completely to the top of each cavity. Tap all sides of the mold to allow air pockets to pop and float to the top--this will ensure there aren’t any holes on the tops of your finished bonbons.
  • Flip mold over to dump chocolate back into your tempering machine – this will create a thin layer of chocolate (your bonbon shell).
  • Scrape the top of your bonbon mold to remove all unnecessary chocolate and to create an edge on our bonbon shell.
  • Allow mold to sit for a few minutes upside down on parchment paper so that all the chocolate doesn’t pool at the bottom of the mold. This will also ensure a stronger side to your shell.
  • Flip back over and scrape chocolate once again to create a smooth bottom.


Step 3: Cool = Good to Go!


  • Fill finished bonbon shells with desired ganache that is cool to the touch – if your ganache is too hot, the shells will re-melt and the beautiful temper will be ruined. Your bonbons will also not release from the mold.


Step 4: Patience...


  • Allow filled shells to sit overnight or for about 4 hours.
  • Temper the same type of chocolate and pour over filled mold to seal the ganache in.
  • Scrape clean.


Step 5: The Homestretch!


  • Once the chocolate is hardened, invert the mold onto a marble surface or onto parchment paper. Tap the mold if necessary to release the bonbons.
  • If bonbons do not release place them in the cooler of freezer for a few minutes and try again.
  • Store bonbons at room temperature and enjoy!
Two images: the left image is of brilliant powder covered bonbons against a wooden table. The right image is of two hand cupped to hold 4 brilliant powder covered bonbons.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Jamie Caudy


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