This could be the first toothbrush that actually increases tooth decay! A ganache “handle,” with cocoa-coated fried “bristles” and a mint frosting “toothpaste.” The pasta gives the handle a nice crunch to contrast with the soft frosting and ganache, so it works well.
Ingredients (yields 2 brushes):
- 2 oz (57 g) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 oz (57 g) heavy cream
- 2 strands angel hair pasta, cut into 1 inch pieces
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) cocoa powder
- 1/2 tablespoon (7 g) butter, softened
- 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 1.5 tablespoons (6 g) powdered sugar
- 2-3 drops green food coloring
For the ganache, scald (almost boil) the cream and then pour over the chocolate. Stir the mixture to ensure that the chocolate is melted, and then let sit until thickened (about 1 hour). After it has thickened, use a knife or offset spatula to form a rectangle on wax paper. I made it roughly 5 by 3/4 inches and 1/4 inch thick. You can trim the edges later, so just make it an approximate rectangle:
Next cut the edges to make it more rectangular. Also, use a biscuit cutter to cut arcs in each side to differentiate the brush head from the handle.
Then prepare the bristles by boiling the pasta for 5 minutes. After draining the pasta, fry it in 1/4 inch of hot oil until the surface is crisp.
After the noodles are fried, drain any excess oil and then toss them with the cocoa powder. Now we are almost there…just need the toothpaste. Stir together the butter, mint extract, powdered sugar, and green food coloring. I piped them into cylinders about the same size as the brush heads and then chilled for 10 minutes to firm them up.
Place the pasta pieces into the head portion of the brush after shaking off excess cocoa
Position the chilled frosting on top of the cocoa bristles.
- If the ganache becomes too soft, chill it briefly. You can briefly heat it if it becomes too hard to work with.
- Try to use pasta pieces that have not curved too much after frying. This will improve the bristle presentation.