You can paint either side of the leaf, but I do undersides, as the veining comes out best that way. Paint carefully. The important thing, especially if children are involved, is to try to keep the other sides clean. If there is chocolate on the wrong side it can cause the chocolate leaves to break when peeling them off. When dry, paint on another layer and then repeat again if you have the patience. Leave to set for 20 minutes or so, then carefully peel the real leaves off the chocolate ones.
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