Chocolate shavings and curls are a pretty way to top off almost any dessert. I recently recommended them as one of my 5 Fast Ways to Finish a Tart. They also happen to be very easy to make because you only need a bar of chocolate and a vegetable peeler to make them!
Start with a bar of chocolate that is no wider than your peeler. I often turn a bar of chocolate on its side, since that gives me a little more area to hold on to. To make shavings, run the peeler down the side of the chocolate bar in short, sharp strokes. This will create nice, well-defined shavings. To form a curl, run the peeler firmly and smoothly all the way down the side of the chocolate. If this is your first time trying to curl chocolate, you’ll probably end up producing chocolate shavings (still yummy) instead of curls, as it takes some practice to get the pressure just right. But after a few tries, you should be able to produce curls down the whole length of the chocolate bar! You can use a knife to produce shavings, but it is quicker and the pieces will be more consistent if you opt for the peeler.