Gold Dusted Mini Chocolate Oscar Statues

For years I’ve wanted to recreate Wolfgang Puck’s famous gold dusted chocolate Oscar statues for my Oscar Party.  He just looks so happy holding them up in all his pre-Oscar interviews where people ask what he is serving at the Governor’s Ball.

I’ve looked and looked but you just can’t find the chocolate molds for the Oscar statue at any store in the US.  I finally had to grab them off of EBay from a seller in the UK.  I’m sure they are under some sort of trademark or copyright protection.  I received my gorgeous chocolate molds in the mail just ten days later!

I’ve recently discovered the joys of working with luster dust in cake making and I was sure it’d be a snap to apply that to these cute little chocolate statues.  You can pick it up at the cake decorating supply store (If you’re lucky enough to have one) or grab Wilton’s petal dust at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.

My first thought was to mix up the luster dust with vodka to make a paint and simply paint the inside of the molds.  It works for covering fondant and gum paste why shouldn’t it work for chocolate molds?

#Fail.  You know, you just can’t “paint” plastic molds.  They just end up all spotty like water that dried on well, plastic.  Hmm.  I thought I’d just had the liquid ratio wrong so I patiently waited for some of the vodka to evaporate and tired again.  Same result.  At this point I was a bit discouraged but decided to pour the chocolate anyway.

The molds worked like a champ and soon I had spotty little Oscar statues!  So cute!  I had done a few not in the painted molds and they also popped out looking like adorable chocolate Oscars.  But this still wasn’t quite the effect that Wolfgang was achieving.

So  I finally had the genius idea to check out the Internet where I discovered you apply the dry dust to the chocolate after you un-mold it.  What can I say?  I’m not a chocolatier.  But it seemed simple enough and worked wonderfully.  Just look how beautiful my little Oscar turned out!  It didn’t seem to matter if it came out of the spotty mold or the untreated mold – the result was the same after a brush with the dry luster dust.

Now I want to cover everything in gold luster dust.  Seriously, I’m going to have to go into a 12 step program because it’s getting ridiculous.  I’m boxing these up and saving them for the party in two weeks!  I can’t wait to share with my friends.

— Martta

40 thoughts on “Gold Dusted Mini Chocolate Oscar Statues

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  2. Unable to find Oscar statuette chocolate molds that you found on ebay. Do you know where else I can find them?

  3. Hi Mary, the seller is thechocolatepixie, I just searched her store and found them again. Search for 6on1 MOVIE AWARD STATUE chocolate moulds/mold/fil​m/rare and it should pop up.

    • Dear hmhdesigns,
      Thanks for the helpful information! I just ordered two sets of moulds on eBay for our upcoming neighborhood Oscar night in March. They were shipped today and I look forward to having fun making them myself. Mary White

  4. We are having a birthday party in LA on July 20 and I was wondering if you would make the gold dusted mini chocolate oscar statues for it?

    It is my fiance’s 40th Birthday and we are coming over from Australia. I have been desperately trying to find something which is in keeping with the “Hollywood” trip and I love these statues you have made.

    We would need anywhere from 30 to 36 of them. If this is possible please let me know a price.

    • Hi Allison, unfortunately with the Summer heat (It was 41C here today!), it’s just impractical to ship the chocolates from Texas to California. I recommend getting the mold from the Chocolate Pixie in the UK and just doing them in LA – they are really easy! All you need is a microwave, melting chocolate, the mold, dust and a brush. You can pick up all those supplies except for the molds at a local craft store in the US. Good luck with the party!

  5. love this idea want to make them for my daughters 21st theme is hollywood ,but i m not sure what to wrap them in i want to give them to the guests as a gift. any suggestions?

  6. make a wrapped cardboard square in classy black wrapping paper and wrap cellophane around it with a simple bow atop. You can even write (with a gold pen) or stick their name (computer print) on the front part of the wrapped board (this way each guest gets their personalized oscar). Then set them on a nicely decorated table or even have a mock presentation ceramony (how fun =), then you present them to your guest for best cook, best dressed, miss congeniality, mr. friendly, etc. I am doing a Hollywood buffet table and making some of these and Oscar statutte cookies too. Hope this helps and have fun!

  7. this sounds great ! but i have 150 of them to do i better get craking then thanks for your idea,i cant wait to try it.

  8. Love this blog. I’m having a Hollywood-themed birthday party in November and wanted to give my guests something special. This is perfect, but now that I’ve ordered the molds on Ebay, can you explain the part about the chocolate? What kind should I buy? Where? And how to handle it? Does it need to be melted on the stove top? Once you pour it in the mold, how long does it take to harden? Anything you can tell me would be helpful and most appreciated.

    • Mae, thanks for stopping by!

      You’ve got a couple of options when it comes to the chocolate. You can pick a really nice chocolate (anything from Nestle’s to Ghirardelli) and temper it on your own on the stove top over a double boiler or you can pick up something like Wilton’s Candy Melts (in a variety of flavors and colors) and prepare in the microwave. Here are some nice instructions on how to temper chocolate: If you choose to go the Wilton route, you’ll find the Candy Melts at any craft store or even Wal-Mart. Both methods work great, but the Candy Melts are a bit more fool proof if you’re nervous about tempering. If you do go the Candy Melt route, I recommend a plastic bowl for melting your chocolate in the microwave as it won’t have hot spots like a glass bowl.

      Let the chocolate cool completely before un-molding. This could take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour depending on how warm your kitchen is, humidity, etc. The mold will be cool to the touch and the chocolate may even start to pull away from the sides. I’d avoid putting the molds in the refrigerator because this may discolor (create a lighter haze over your figure) your chocolate (although if you are coating with gold dust, this may not be a concern).

      The tricky parts of this mold are getting the feet out and the neck/head without breaking. I found that starting with these sections when I un-molded led to less breakage. You ARE going to break some figures, just plan for that when you’re figuring out how many batches you need to make. I would say I lost at least one per tray of six when I was doing this. The great thing about chocolate is you can just throw those broken pieces into your melted chocolate and re-pour on your next attempt.

      This is a fun project! You’re going to have to let us know how it turns out!

  9. Once filled, the moulds can be placed in the freezer for approx. 15 minutes – gently unmould and join front and back together with a little melted chocolate. thechocolatepixie has award moulds in three designs on ebay.

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  13. Thank you for the tips. I got the molds and the luster dust. The only question I have is how much luster dust I need to paint 110 Oscars? I bought four 2 gm containers. Is it going to be enough or I should order more? Please suggest.

  14. Hi Helen,
    How much lustre you use will depend on how dense you want the colour to be…..a a little goes a long way…I suggest you try a couple of trays to get the effect you like and check how much you have used. Perhaps you can order a couple more containers of lustre just in case.

    • Thank you. I really want them as gold as they can be. So I wil go ahead and order a couple of more containers. Do you think six all together should be enough?

      • Hello Linda,
        I thought you suggested to mix it with a few drops of alcohol and painted it over. Which way is easier and more sufficient by your opinion?

        Many thanks to you for your help,

      • Hi Helen,
        Yes, you can mix the lustre to make a thick paint using clear alcohol…the first layer may look streaky so once dry another layer can go on. Please experiment to see which method works best for you.
        Kindest regards, Linda

      • Dear Linda,
        Thank you very much for all your advices.
        One more question, what kind of brushes you will recommend to use with luster dust?

        Best regards,

      • Hi Helen,
        Use a good quality soft artist’s brush…perhaps you would like to post some pics of your statues on our facebook page.
        Kindest regards, Linda

  15. I found the molds, but what kind of chocolate did you use. I am making them for a 50th birthday party, and theme is Golden Globe/ The Oscars, how do you store them after making them…please email me at

  16. Hi,
    The moulds are suitable for use with any kind of chocolate…to store, they can be kept layered between pieces of kitchen paper in a cool dry place or in a container in the fridge until needed.

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  23. Thank you for your post and sharing your tips with us. I’m planning an Oscar party this year and would love to make these Oscar chocolates you made here. Did you brush the gold dust dry on the chocolates, or did you create a wet paint with the vodka? Yours turned out so beautiful. Also, in the interest of time I’d like to make these as much ahead as possible. How far in advance can these painted chocolates be stored? Thank you!

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