DIY 80s Shell Soap Inspired Chocolates (+ A Conclusion to The Shell Soap Saga of 2017) - Studio DIY

DIY 80s Shell Soap Inspired Chocolates (+ A Conclusion to The Shell Soap Saga of 2017)


DIY Shell Soap Inspired Chocolates

This post will make NO sense unless you have been following the great Shell Soap Saga of 2017 on my Insta stories!!! I’m gonna summarize it for you down below but for those already in the know.. we just had to do a shell soap inspired project!!! So we made shell soap inspired CHOCOLATES! Hahaha!! It’s very not us but also very hilarious to make these for your friends who also remember this mysterious phenomenon. Or just for your Grandma because she still has a bowl of the real thing sitting atop her toilet for going on… 30 years? I mean… don’t they look like the real thing!?!? Ha! I was dying making these. So perfect.

DIY Shell Soap Inspired ChocolatesDIY Shell Soap Inspired Chocolates

Okay, quick aside to catch those of you up who are all…. “Whaaa??” and to also conclude this extensive investigation.

Basically when we were in Palm Springs, we were up late one night chatting and someone brought up those 80’s shell soaps that basically every grandma had (has?) in their bathroom. We all VIVIDLY remembered going to a store at the mall and buying them out of wooden baskets, but none of us could remember what store! So I asked you guys on Instagram and NONE of us could agree OR find proof!

Some said The Body Shop but we had a 90’s Body Shop employee confirm that they sold shaped soaps, but not shells. Several said Crabtree & Evelyn and Pier 1. But neither of those felt right to me. Then, someone said JC Penney and THAT felt familiar. And then several of you found a shell soap manufacturer that was confirmed to have wholesaled to JC Penney. I think they were in the towel section or something… maybe!? But The Body Shop definitely had more of the display I was imagining… So I’ve concluded that I am thinking of two different things: 1) I was remembering purchasing shell soaps in JC Penney, but they were in the towel section and not in wooden baskets. And 2) I was remembering purchasing other shaped soaps (Like animals and the like) from The Body Shop and those were the ones in the wooden baskets.

PHEW. You still with me!?!? Hahahah! A lot of you were asking for a conclusion so I think that has to be it. Unless someone can find me other PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF! Still haven’t managed to un-earth that.

Now back to the tutorial…

DIY Shell Soap Chocolates

Total Time: One Hour


Candy Melts (We used light pink, blue, purple and green plus white!)
Shell Molds (We used this one and this one)
Microwave-Safe Bowl
Wooden Baskets
Tiny Wicker Baskets (We found ones like these at our local craft store!)
Saran Wrap (For Proper Packaging)


1. First you gotta melt your candy melts! To get the 80s pastel colors we used a ratio of approx. 1 part color to 3 parts white. You can always add more white or color if necessary! Place the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it is completely smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into the molds and place in the fridge to set.
3. Once set, pop the chocolates out of the molds and clean them if necessary. Now it's time to make the other half, so the shells are completely 3D!
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2. But this time, only place them in the fridge for a few minutes until they are partially set. Then, pull them out and place one of your already done shell-halves on top of each one. Return to the fridge to set completely.
5. Remove from molds and use a butter knife to remove any excess chocolate that seeped out of the sides of the molds.
6. Wrap each individually in saran wrap and package and cute little baskets!!

DIY Shell Soap Inspired ChocolatesDIY Shell Soap Inspired ChocolatesDIY Shell Soap Inspired Chocolates

I’d like to thank you all for your investigative work. Grandparents were called, moms were texted, former 90’s mall employees were consulted… you all went HARD on this and I’m obsessed with each of you even more now. WE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE!! Haha!! So glad our little team wasn’t the only one who was baffled by this mystery. May it rest in peace.

p.s. Birthday Cake Soap!

p.p.s. My mint letters for my letter board are from here!







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