Friday, March 9, 2012

Cook With Your Kids: Chocolates

There are have been a lot of apology letters written by A this week.  So many that he has memorized how to write "I AM SORRY."  This last offense needed a little more behind the apology, so he helped me make some chocolates.  This can be an easy project for kids to do with a little help. 



You will need:
silicone chocolate molds
Candy melts
glass that can handle hot water
condiment bottle 
knife, hand towel and toothpick (not pictured)

Start by heating water while you chop the candy melts.  Smaller pieces help them to melt faster with less chunks unmelted, and help to fit more in your squeeze bottle.  Fill the bottle and put the lid on, the place the bottle inside the glass.


Pour hot (not boiling) water into the glass and let it sit.  Every few minutes, take out the bottle and after drying it, squeeze the bottle to blend the chocolates.  This may need to be repeated  a few times to get all the pieces melted.  This is a great place for kids to help, but make sure you dry the bottle and check the temperature first. 


Squeeze the melted chocolate into the molds.  After filling each space, tap the mold very lightly to help the chocolate settle and spread, and to get out any bubbles.  When you're done filling, put the mold in the freezer to set the chocolates quickly. 


Press each piece out after they have solidified.  They can be eaten immediately! 



Kids Can: 
Help fill the bottle with chocolates
Mush the (dried) bottle to mix the melted chocolate
Squeeze the bottle into the chocolate molds

Moms Should:
Deal with the hot water
Dry bottles off before handing them to kids
Help unclog the bottle

Tips:

The nozzle will clog after a few fills.  Running it under hot water (pointing down so no water gets in) should take care of this, but a toothpick is helpful, too.
  
Candy melts can be bought at craft stores, but check out your grocery store's bulk section, too.

This a great parent-child cooking project, and there are many different options for candy molds- we have skulls, pumpkins, and dinosaurs.  Let me know if you try it, and have a great weekend! 

2 comments:

  1. Fun project! I'll need to do this with my kiddos!

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  2. I did chocolate molds with the YW- we made candies and lollipops for Mother's Day and made paper boxes to put them in. Pretty fun! Ours were pretty girly- flowers and butterflies- but I like the skulls! Fun project to see and I hope the recipient likes them.

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