How to Make Chocolate Shards

Making big, beautiful chocolate curls to garnish a dessert can be daunting. These Chocolate Shards are super easy to create and make for an elegant, impressive presentation!

Chocolate Shards

Have you tried to use a peeler and a bar of chocolate to make curls? It’s definitely hit or miss.  The chocolate melts in your hand. You end up with more crumbs than curls. They aren’t nearly as impressive as you’d imagined. I DO love the Pioneer Woman’s technique. It’s definitely a more reliable method to create big beautiful dark or white chocolate curls. But in my experience, you need about 4 ounces of chocolate to make 2 ounces of curls. Not ideal considering the cost of a chocolate bar. This recipe for chocolate shards is pretty much foolproof.Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake | Chocolate cookie crust, whipped chocolate mousse topped with chocolate shards

One Ingredient and a Few Simple Steps

How many recipes have just one ingredient? Well this one does. You melt some chocolate, spread it thinly over a sheet of wax paper, and top it with another sheet of wax paper. Roll it up, chill for two hours, unroll and, voila, you have chocolate shards! How can you NOT try this???

Check out my Easy Chocolate Mousse Cake. It’s the perfect base for these chocolate shards!

Chocolate Shards

Serves Enough for one large dessert     adjust servings

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins

An easy way to add a special touch to your chocolate desserts.


  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I recommend a 4 ounce Ghirardelli bar instead of chocolate chips)


  1. Gently melt the chocolate in the microwave, stopping and stirring at 20 second intervals.
  2. Place a 16-inch sheet of waxed paper on a flat surface. With a small off-set spatula, spread the melted chocolate evenly over the waxed paper, leaving the edges free of chocolate. Top with a second sheet of waxed paper and very gently smooth the top.
  3. Roll from short side to short side and carefully place the roll on a baking sheet. Chill for 2 hours.
  4. To make shards, hold onto the short end of the roll and unroll with your other hand. The chocolate should break into pieces. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper and carefully (as so not to melt chocolate) move shards to the top of the dessert or to a container. Keep cool if not using immediately.


Recipe Notes

Total time does not include 2 hour chilling time.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 544kcal Calories from fat 306
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Carbohydrate 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 62g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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How to make chocolate shards to garnish your chocolate desserts

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  1. That is really clever! I have to try it. Working with chocolate in tropical weather is no fun. It melts everywhere 🙁

  2. Elegant and easy:@)

  3. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    This is awesome Liz! I have never tried making my own, the food channel makes it too complicated! This is a creative and great tip thank you so much!

  4. Fantastic! Thank you so much Liz. I have to try this – and love your video!

  5. Helene D'Souza says:

    daunting but they look gorgeous on cakes as deko. I think it’s difficult to make shards in the heat. everything just melt away. However I feel save your post for later. I know I will need your tips when making choco deko. Thanks for the share Liz!

  6. A really cool way to make chocolate shards!

  7. So pretty, Liz! These chocolate shards are just what I need on my chocolate cake! 🙂

  8. I use a knife on my frozen chocolate….this is ingenious!

  9. This is awesome! Thanks so much Liz, I love it!

  10. Are you kidding me? This is something that must be tried. And who doesn’t want these beauties to decorate with?

  11. Agreed! I must try your chocolate shards technique. They simply elevate desserts in a divine fashion =)

  12. Wonderful bake, dear! Anything chocolaty makes me weak…… Have a great week! xoxo

  13. Liz, this looks awesome and makes me look like a pro baker. Woohoo!

  14. I can’t remember the last time I tried to make shards but I knwo it was a disaster. Love this recipe I am so pinning, fool proof! Nice video too!

  15. Hi Liz, it’s amazing how simple this fool-proof technique is, thanks for sharing.

  16. I hope this is the first of many videos and your technique is by far the easiest.

  17. Beverley Press says:

    thank you Liz this makes it a whole lot simple and so fantastic. Thank you xoxo

  18. so cool!!


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