Riegelein

In good shape: How Riegelein figures are made

Even today, the production of high quality chocolate figures requires a high degree of  sensitivity.
Even today, the production of high quality chocolate figures requires a high degree of sensitivity.

The Riegelein family of figures is big, very big ! It not only comprises Santa Claus, Easter bunnies, colorful Easter eggs and bright red ladybirds, but also creative figures and little figures in various sizes and designs. And because we want the Riegelein figures to be the most beautiful on the shelf, we ensure that they receive an individual and unmistakable form.

Even today, the production of high quality chocolate figures requires a high degree of intuition and craftsmanship. It is a long way from the first design to the three-dimensional figure: The true art is to give a specific character a shape in the form of an initial kneading or gypsum mold and to model the facial features as well as the entire “body language”.

In addition to purely aesthetic criteria, the estimated casting weight and shaping and packaging requirements of the future chocolate figure must also be taken into account. Logically, this is not achieved in a single step. It must always undergo further optimization accompanied by meticulous attention to detail. If a character is used as a prototype, it is first produced by a 2-piece mold press (usually using a silicone mass) which is utilized for both the front and the back of the figure. It can then be produced in a further step for each character as an initial stable plastic mold.

In one half of this from, liquid chocolate is cast and measured right down to the gram. Then the mold is closed and rotated several times, shaken and turned to distribute the remaining hot chocolate. This ensures that the chocolate cools evenly and consistently on the interior walls of the mold. This process takes several minutes. Then, the chocolate is put through a cooling tower where it is gently pulled together. Now, the finished piece with its garb can simply be removed from the mold and wrapped in colorful foil. And then a new figure is welcomed to the Riegelein family!