The $6 Tool You Need for Better Chocolate-Coated Treats

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(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

If you’ve ever fumbled, crumbled, or smooshed a truffle or buckeye trying to get a perfect chocolate coating, then I have a tiny, inexpensive tool that’s about to make your life much easier.

I found mine years ago at a yard sale for just a quarter, but you can often find these strong little tools in the silverware bin at your local thrift store. You can also get them new pretty inexpensively. Whether you find one new or used, this affordable and easy-to-store tool is a must-have for anyone who enjoys making chocolate-dipped treats at home.

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Use a Spiral Dipping Wand for Better Chocolate Coating

Chances are high that you’ve seen one of this spiral-topped wands before and wondered what in the world you’d use it for. A spiral dipping wand was specifically designed for enrobing round treats in chocolate. The treat sits on the large part of the spiral, where it can be lowered into melted chocolate with ease.

The tight spiral allows the chocolate to coat the ball from the bottom, but also for excess chocolate to drip off as the treat is lifted over the bowl. Then you can invert the chocolate-covered treat onto parchment to set, creating a small spiral design in the chocolate by pressing lightly and lifting gently.

If you’ve never seen the process before, this video is really helpful to watch.

Ateco Spiral Dipping Tool
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Ateco Spiral Dipping Tool
$6

While I snagged my single wand second-hand for next to nothing, you can find single wands for about $6 or you can upgrade to a three-piece set which also includes a two-prong fork (for square caramels or dipping cookies or crackers) and a three-prong fork to gently move chocolate treats around with marring them.

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