Modeling Chocolate for Cake Decorating
I sometimes use chewy candies like Tootsie Roll(R) and Starburst(R) for small decorations; just keep them in your pocket for a while until they soften up.
A foolproof but slow way to melt chocolate is to wrap the bottom of your bowl in a heating pad on high. If you get the chocolate too hot, the oil will separate and must be completely blotted out or it will form "chunks" in your end product.
Use gel food coloring as desired. Do not use liquid, as it will cause the chocolate to bind up, making it useless.