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Chocolate Pinata

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Smashing Chocolate Pinatas is one of the most satisfying dessert experiences you will have. And unfortunately, restaurants that create this one-of-a-kind dessert are super hard to find. But after we saw this viral chocolate pinta video on TikTok that busted open with a variety of fruit, we were IN to figure out how to make one at home so we all could enjoy it.

The great news is that, overall, this copycat recipe is far easier than you think.

Much like hot chocolate bombs, all you need is a chocolate pinata mold, a stand, patience, and creativity. Here is exactly how to make a homemade, breakable dessert pinata.

Why you will love making a Homemade Chocolate Pinata

Homemade: Although you can find a restaurant-quality chocolate pinata at Uncle Julios and Walt Disney World (Disney Springs), not everyone is near one of those places. This interactive dessert is still entertaining to make at home and works perfectly for a TikTok birthday party or a sweet tooth.

Unique: If you are ready to think outside a typical cake or chocolate dip, this breakable chocolate ball is for you!

Satisfying: Nothing is more satisfying than smashing chocolate and watching the contents all out, well…enjoying it, maybe! Fill this epic chocolate pinata with all sorts of goodies that everyone can enjoy.

fruit and cake inside a chocolate shell pinata.

How we feel about this TikTok Smash Pinata

@amelias_living inspired our custom viral recipe DIY. You can check out her TikTok account and more of her magical and creative ideas on her page. 

We are no strangers to making chocolate desserts or chocolate beverages. But seeing this awesome video on our FYP inspired us to create a tutorial and have some fantastic fun with this insane dessert. 

Ingredients

  • Melting chocolate: I used 6 ounces of chocolate for Melting chocolate, but you only need 4. I did make an extra half-shell, just in case, but I didn’t need it. The chocolate I used said “Candy Quick” and worked well. I don’t think I’d use milk chocolate. The melting temperature is too low, and you’ll risk it falling apart. 
  • Cubed pound cake: To keep this recipe quick and straightforward, use pre-made pound cake or angel food cake to fill the chocolate sphere.
  • Fresh fruit: We loved the contrast and flavors of fresh raspberries and fresh blackberries.
  • Small chocolate truffles: chocolate inside chocolate? Yes, please! 
  • Non-food items: A few extras for this DIY are not food-related. You will need baker’s twine, wooden mallet, a half-moon sphere mold, and a hanging rack. Click on each link to find out what we purchased from Amazon to make this recipe work.

How to Make a Chocolate Pinata 

  1. Tie a loop and knot into a piece of baker’s twine. Set aside. 
  2. Add chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds on 50% power. Stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  3. Add a dollop of chocolate to the center of the mold and use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate from the bottom up the sides.
  4. In one sphere, add the baker’s twine, ensuring it extends beyond the edge. Add a little more chocolate to secure the twine. Repeat until you have two half spheres. Freeze chocolate molds for 10 minutes. 
4 collage images of how to add twine to chocolate pinata.
  1. Repeat the process, adding a second layer of chocolate and freezing. Your chocolate may need to be remelted. Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% powder and stir until smooth.
  2. Place the remaining chocolate into a resealable sandwich bag and seal it shut. Set aside. 
  3. Once the spheres are hard, remove them from the freezer.
  4. Heat a skillet until warm. Remove the spheres from the mold and place the open side down onto the hot skillet to clean and flatten the edge.
chocolate spheres being sealed with fruit inside.
  1. Fill one sphere with cake, fruit, and chocolate, and while still warm and melted, press an empty sphere on top, securing the two pieces together. Set aside to harden.
  2. Microwave the chocolate in the bag at 50% powder for 20 seconds if necessary. Knead until smooth.
  3. Place the sphere onto a small bowl and drizzle chocolate on top. Let stand to harden. 
  4. Hang the pinata onto the hook and serve with additional fresh fruit, chocolate, and pound cake.
chocolate piñata being hung.

How to crack a hanging chocolate pinata

With a little hammer, of course! We serve ours with a small wooden mallet for breaking. This is the same hammer we use in the DIY Smash Heart (it came as a set with the heart silicone mold).

You can also buy separate little wooden hammers on Amazon here.

What size chocolate molds are needed for a chocolate pinata?

I use a large half-sphere silicone mold. These are larger than your typical “chocolate bomb” size.

Mold Size: 6.7”×11.4”×0.16” and the diameter of each cavity is 3”

Here is the exact Chocolate pinata mold we purchased on amazon.

What kind of hanger works best?

We chose to use a Banana Hanger. Here is the exact banana hanger we purchased for this viral dessert.

What chocolate works best?

The chocolate I used said “Candy Quick” and worked well. I don’t think I’d use milk chocolate. The melting temp is too low, and you’ll risk it falling apart.

hitting tiny wooden mallet on chocolate piñata.

What to stuff inside a chocolate pinata

chocolate pinata hanging that is smashed.
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Chocolate Piñata (Uncle Julio’s copycat)


Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Homemade Chocolate Pinata, Uncle Julio's and Disney Springs copycat, is an interactive dessert filled with fresh fruit and pound cake that smashes apart. Delicious and easy to DIY at home, this is a festive dessert that works perfectly as a special birthday party treat. Hold on to that sweet tooth!

Equipment

  • Bakers Twine
  • 3 inch half circle silicone mold
  • Hanging Banana Rack
  • Small Wooden Mallet

Ingredients
 

  • 4 oz. melting chocolate
  • pound cake cubed
  • fresh fruit suggested: raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
  • small chocolate truffles or candies

Instructions

  • Tie a loop and knot into a piece of baker's twine. Set looped twine aside. 
  • Add chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds on 50% power. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  • Add a dollop of chocolate to the center of the mold and use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate from the bottom up the sides.
  • In one sphere, add the baker's twine, making sure it extends beyond the edge. Add a little more chocolate to secure the twine.  
  • Repeat until you have 2 half spheres. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat the process, adding a second layer of chocolate and freezing. Again, make sure the twine is super secured with a second layer of chocolate. Please note that chocolate may need to be re-melted if it hardens between layers. If so, microwave for 30 seconds at 50% powder and stir until smooth. 
  • After molds are done, place remaining chocolate into a resealable sandwich bag and seal shut. Set aside. 
  • Once spheres are hard, remove from the freezer.
  • Heat a skillet until just warm. Remove spheres from the mold and place the open side down onto the hot skillet to clean and flatten the edge on both sides.
  • Fill one sphere with bits of pound cake, fresh fruit and chocolate candies.
  • While still warm and melted, press an empty sphere on top, securing the two pieces together.
  • Set chocolate ball aside to harden. 

Decorate Chocolate Ball

  • If necessary, microwave the chocolate in the bag at 50% powder for 20 seconds. Knead until smooth.
  • Place the sphere onto a small bowl and drizzle chocolate on top.
  • Let stand to harden. 
  • Hang the piñata onto the hook and serve with additional fresh fruit, chocolate and pound cake on the side.
  • Serve with a wooden mallet or tiny wooden hammer to smash pinata.

Notes

All of the products listed below are available in the full article with links on where to find them on Amazon.

How to crack a hanging chocolate pinata

With a little hammer, of course! We serve ours with a small wooden mallet for breaking. 

What size chocolate molds for a chocolate pinata?

I use a large half-sphere silicone mold. These are larger than your typical “chocolate bomb” size. Mold Size: 6.7”×11.4”×0.16” and the diameter of each cavity is 3”

What kind of hanger works best?

We used a Banana Hanger. 

What chocolate works best?

The chocolate I used said “Candy Quick” and worked well. I don’t think I’d use milk chocolate. The melting temp is too low, and you’ll risk it falling apart.

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