Gand's Chocolate Bergamot Paint

READY IN: 7mins
Recipe by KateL

Entered for safe-keeping, from Chef Gale Gand of Lake Forest, Illinois. She uses this to paint plates for desserts, especially chocolate molten lava cakes.

Top Review by WiGal

What a fun recipe! Love the presentation and can see this done with other sweets--fruit, molten lava cake, brownies with pink peppermint, etc. Easy to do, can make ahead. Can see involving kids in painting aspect. Huge recipe-yield looks right to me- I made a half batch and am going to see if I can freeze rest- realize it might separate but maybe not. Thank you Kate for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 13 cup brewed earl grey tea (for the Bergamot essence)
  • 14 cup light corn syrup


  1. For a double boiler, put water in base pan, but make sure the inset pan doesn't/won't touch the water. Bring to simmer.
  2. In the top half (inset pan), combine the 2 chocolates over simmering water. Stir constantly until melted.
  3. Whisk in the tea and syrup, without removing the double boiler from the heat. Whisk until smooth and shiny.
  4. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a touch of hot water.
  5. Using a brush, paint the sauce onto plate before serving.
  6. Sauce may be made up to 48 hours in advance and refrigerated.
  7. To rewarm, stir over low heat or heat in a microwave.

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