These would be adorable served alone on a platter, or even popped on top of a cupcake. The option to add Halloween sprinkles to the cupcakes is a totally legitimate one, too (I'm loving the Sweetapolita Costumes & Cocktails Twinkle Sprinkle Medley sprinkles that are under the chocolates in the pic above with these golden skulls! I added a few candy eyeballs and bone sprinkles for an even spookier touch). Or, they could've been filled with any number of delicious treats -- caramel, peanut butter, or Nutella (my original intent). You could even add them into a Halloween snack mix!
Also, you could mix up the color on the skulls. I went with gold, but silver, copper, or even pearlescent would work. I guess it just depends on your Halloween party theme!
Golden Chocolate Skulls
Chocolate wafers for melting (I used Mercken's, Wilton candy melts would also work), in your choice of color; I used white
Luster dust, in your choice of color; I used African gold
Skull chocolate mold
Disposable piping bag
Clean small paintbrush
Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, making sure not to burn the chocolate.
Allow the chocolate to cool a little.
Spoon chocolate into the piping bag.
Cut a small hole in the tip so that you can carefully pipe the chocolate
Carefully pipe the chocolate into the cavities in the mold, rather than spooning it in.
Make sure to get the chocolate into all of the crevices, since the skulls are very detailed (eye sockets! teeth!).
Bang the mold on the counter a few times.
Pop any air bubbles that rise to the top.
Bang the mold on the counter a few more times.
Pop any new air bubbles.
Really make sure that the chocolate gets into every small detail in the mold.
I pop the mold into the fridge for about an hour to ensure that the chocolate hardened.
Remove the chocolates from the mold.
Place them face up (no pun intended!) on a papertowel or sheet of wax paper.
Carefully paint the luster dust onto the chocolate, making sure to get the sides and all the aspects of the face.
Set aside and continue until all skeleton faces are golden (or whatever color you choose).
If you're feeling crazy, you can use a second color of luster dust to detail the chocolates, but that was a little more than I was willing to do at 11 p.m. the night before Halloween.