Jun 20
2011

500 Chocolate Shoes . . . Imelda Marcos has nothing on me!

in Fuji Craft

I was in the middle of trying to write this post for today and experiencing a bit of writer’s block, when my friend on Twitter, @lemonsandlavndr said “You’re the Imelda Marcos of chocolate shoes!”  I had to laugh.  So what do I have in common with Imelda Marcos, the former Philippine First Lady and the world’s best-known shoe collector? Shoes.  But the shoes I’m talking about aren’t from Givenchy or Chanel.  Nope, these shoes were handmade . . . out of chocolate.  Even better in my opinion!

Milk Chocolate Shoe-Shaped Lollipop with Pink Polka Dots

A couple of weeks ago I spent several days working on making 500 shoe-shaped chocolate lollipops.  Nine West (yep, the Nine West . . . makers of beautiful shoes and handbags) hired me to make treats for them to take to their market appointments earlier this month.  My reaction? Squeeeeee!!! After I bought all my supplies and had my plan in place, I got to work.  That’s when reality set in.  500 is a big number.  Especially when it’s referring to tempering enough milk chocolate to fill shoe-shaped chocolate molds 500 times, then decorating each shoe with pink polka dots, packaging each lollipop separately in its own cellophane bag tied with ribbon, and then packaging them in a way that would enable them to travel cross-country to New York during summer and arrive looking like they did when I shipped them.

Filled moldsPink Polka Dots

Want to know what 500 shoe-shaped lollipops worth of chocolate looks like?  Here is the 42 pound Guittard milk chocolate mountain that sat on my kitchen table:

42 pounds of Giuttard milk chocolate

Here’s what the rest of the supplies looked like—500 cellophane bags, 500 lollipop sticks, ribbon, squeeze bottles, disposable decorating bags, and 6 pounds of pink white chocolate.

Chocolate Making Supplies

By the time I shipped all of the finished chocolates to Nine West in New York, I had blisters covering the palm of my right hand, the hand I used to squeeze the tempered chocolate out of the piping bag into the molds.

Fuji Mama hard at work

I’ve made chocolates and other candy before, and used a piping bag countless times in the past, but never have I taken on that kind of volume!  It was a tedious few days, but thankfully I had some welcomed distractions and helping hands.  My friend Jen (Devour the World) came out with some spicy kimchi soup in hand one of the days to socialize and try her hand at “polka-dotting.”  My friend Deb kept me sane, providing extra hands and conversation, and my mom came out several times to help finish things up and then watched the girls while I took the boxes to be shipped.

Surrounded by seas of chocolate shoe lollipops

Let’s just say that after days of covering every flat surface in my house with chocolates, I was starting to see pink polka dots when I closed my eyes, and my hands were probably still going through the motions of using a piping bag while I slept.

Adding polka dots

My girls thoroughly earned the extra lollipops I made for them.

Fuji Approved

I finished the project and shipped all the chocolate, and from what I’ve heard, they all made it safely and Nine West loved them.  Phew.  I personally don’t want to see another shoe-shaped chocolate for a while, though I think I totally deserve a new pair of shoes!  Surprisingly, I am not sick of making chocolates.  But next time I think I’ll need to make some of my favorite: dark chocolate hazelnut.  Hmmmm, what shape to make next?

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }



Jessica @ How Sweet June 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Being the insane shoe freak that I am, this chocolate is perfect for me!

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jenjenk June 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

let’s all be impressed by the fact that I did not steal even ONE!!!! although it was verrrrrry tempting! :)

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Lori June 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

You are so sweet. Thanks for the mention! You did Imelda proud!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Rachael this post is so cute! And your girls are….just…adorable!

And they are so NEAT with their chocolate shoe lollipops.. My 4 year old and chocolate tends to get a little messy sometimes :)

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Urban Wife June 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Those are so cute! Great job with all that hard work. I can imagine you will be taking a break from piping anytime soon? ;)

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Paula - bell'alimento June 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

ADORABLE! Absolutely adorable and unlike Jen I would have never been able to resist not grabbing at least one ; ) Brava!

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chloe @ 321delish June 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

a) your girls are ADORABLE
b) what a cool project!
c) I can imagine your eyes were crossed when you were finished!

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ClassicKitchenTwist June 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Love them! I have a fashionista friend who would absolutely love to receive these!

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Liren June 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

What a crazy fun task! They came out beautifully, and I’m so impressed that Jen didn’t snag one :) Now that’s willpower :)

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Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} June 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Those look fabulous! I bet you are glad that is over but what a fun experience!

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Nelly Rodriguez June 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Look at the shine of that temper! Wowzers! Love the girl pics, they looks sooo haappy!

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Fran June 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

What a fabulous bounty of shoes you have there! I can’t manage to stay upright on high heels, but I know exactly how to tame these cute polka-dotted numbers. What a great job you did of this task.

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Wendy June 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Amazing Chocolate Shoe Lollipops! Love the pink dots! Your girls are precious!

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Linda June 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Beautiful Job !!!!! I know a shoe lover who would love these !!!!!!!! Where did you get the molds?

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Claire @ Claire K Creations June 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Wow 500 chocolate shoes… that is seriously impressive. Your girls definitely look like they enjoyed theirs. So cute!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary June 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

The ONLY kind of high heel for me! I heard about it but nothing beats seeing the finished product. Well, except your sweet girls. Amazing job!

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Meg T June 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

That is such a cool thing you got to be part of and the shoes look awesome. Congrats on being finished!!

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Katrina June 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Ahaha I’m in love with these! Great idea. So fun!

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kankana June 20, 2011 at 11:31 pm

OMG 500 of those cute little chocolate shoe bite !! That is quite impressive :) Your girls are so adorable and it’s such a cute picture.

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 21, 2011 at 2:01 am

Yikes! That’s a lot of chocolate shoes, I’m exhausted just looking, I can’t imagine what you must have felt when that last one was finally done. They look spectacular!

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bunkycooks June 21, 2011 at 4:30 am

These are too cute! I LUV shoes, so this definitely caught my eye.

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Kate@Diethood June 21, 2011 at 7:40 am

They are gorgeous!! I can’t believe you did 500 of ’em… wow… dedication! :)
Your babies are adorable!

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Amy @ A Little Nosh June 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

Overwhelming, I’m sure, but so cool that an awesome company like Nine West asked you to do that!

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gloria June 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

what nice and amazing shoes!! more beauty than Imelda Marcos, he,he gloria

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Laura @ Family Spice June 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

WOW! You must be sick of the smell of chocolate by now! I feel overwhelmed when I do 40 cookies or treats for school!

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Elizabeth E. June 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I’ve been wanting to see these shoes for a while–glad you posted about them! They look beautiful–good job!

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cindy June 23, 2011 at 5:13 am

You, madam, are a testament to the awesomeness of the female gender. beautiful job!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 24, 2011 at 5:41 am

Congrats Rachael that is AMAZING! They look fabulous (and of course, so do Bug and Squirrel!)

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Joy June 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The shoes are adorable.

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Gisele aka LA2LAChef June 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Good Grief, Rachael! You are a trooper!

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Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves June 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

What a cool gig! Congrats. I’m glad you’re not sick of chocolate after all that but I wouldn’t wanna see a chocolate shoe for a while either!

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Bee | Rasa Malaysia June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Ooooh Rach, I just saw this post and loooooove looooove these shoe chocs. They are soooo cute. You should ask Nine West for free shoes for life. Too cute.

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Courtney June 29, 2011 at 11:08 am

Incredible! I love shoes, chocolate and shoes to be combined = genius :)

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michele June 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

That was an awesome opportunity. I love 9 West shoes and chocolate.

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Darla @ Bakingdom July 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

Wow! What a great opportunity…and such great work you did too!

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Marie August 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

OH my – I am looking for exactly the same thing !! we would be looking for 300 lollipops for a September 15th, 2011 event !! Are you interested??? send an email or give me a call at 413-236-4150
thanks

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penny November 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

wow if you decide to sell these out right please let me know my daughter is a market manager for nine west and im always lookin for things for her stocking..these are so freakin adorable

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Caroline October 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Hi ::)
Those are so cute,, OMG,, how much do you sell each one,,,,, WOW,,, I love the way they look..

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