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Image of Chocolate Curls on a Cake

How to Make Chocolate Curls

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup of chocolate curls
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Chocolate Curls are one of those things that can seem so intimidating, but really shouldn’t be. They aren’t hard to make once you know what you’re doing – they just take a little time and patience. Once you master them, they’re sure to be one of your favorite dessert decorations!


  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tsp shortening


  1. To make the chocolate, add the chocolate chips and shortening to a bowl and microwave in 15 second increments, stirring between each increment, until it’s melted and smooth.
  2. Spread the melted chocolate into an even layer onto the back of a half sheet baking pan or large cookie sheet. The chocolate doesn’t need to be real thick, but shouldn’t be super thin either. Put the chocolate in the refrigerator until completely cooled and firm.
  3. Once firm, remove the cookie sheet from the fridge and set it on the counter. Use a bench scraper (you could also use a metal spatula) to push forward on the chocolate and create a curl. You may have to test the chocolate every minute or two by trying to make a chocolate curl, until the temperature is right. If the chocolate is flakey, it’s still too cold. If it seems soft and won’t roll, it’s too warm and needs to go back in the refrigerator. It should only be about 3-5 minutes before the chocolate is the right temperature.
  4. Once the chocolate curls are made, store them in the refrigerator to keep them cool and firm until ready to use. Once they are on your dessert, they are fine at room temperature while the dessert is served.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 636
  • Sugar: 64 g
  • Sodium: 0.3 mg
  • Fat: 40.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 72 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg