We made these delicious snacks the other day. My daughter had so much fun making these. For a three year old – breaking chocolate squares is even fun – so this is definitely a dessert making project you want to involve your little helpers.
We used a variation of milk and dark chocolate. Some were one type of chocolate and some had both layers of chocolate in one. There are no rules – so make them as you wish. We started by breaking the chocolate bars into a bowl, I then put that on my ‘double boiler’ (which is a small pot with boiling water set on low heat – I stir the chocolate until all the parts are completely melted.) Remove the bowl from the pot and place on a tea towel so it’s not hot to the touch. Keep it away from the kids at this point while it’s still hot. They can have a go at scooping the chocolate a few minutes later. When I worked with my 3 year old, I scooped the chocolate for her and she layered her ingredients of choice.
For the ingredients we had: dark and milk chocolate, plain popcorn, Dried Fruit: sliced apricots, dried figs, dried cranberries, banana chips. Nuts: toasted and chopped almonds, walnut and pecan chunks. Use what you wish. This is great to customize for people with allergies too. For example both my daughter and I don’t eat dairy – so we used the dark chocolate for our treats.
I used a silicone muffin pan to do these in. If you have one – that is awesome because it’s easy to take them out and handle with kids. You could use a regular muffin pan if you want the circular shapes, or any little plastic cups would do. Wait until the chocolate has completely hardened to remove.
These make great little gifts when wrapped nicely with a little cello and string. We made a few sets to give away. But this is definitely a repeat project I will do with my girl and a few of her friends when we have another play date over the holidays. I can just imagine how the kids will go nuts and bananas over the chocolatey fun ;)
As an alternative for adults only you can add a shot of your favourite liqueur ;) I used a mint liqueur on one batch – and it is heavenly topped with cranberries and almonds. Simply add the splash of alcohol to the melting chocolate and stir well. Enjoy my 19+ year old friends (umm 21+ if you’re in the States ;D)
(pssst. 4 days left ;)
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