Monday, 30 March 2015

Toddler-made Easter Chocolate Gifts

It's about time I had a blog post for you lot... I've been a bit slack on the tutorial side of things, I've had a busy month with my Etsy shop and the poor blog is suffering.  But here we are... and this one's a goodie!

We have some special overseas guests coming to stay this month and I wanted to do something for Easter gifts.  Plus Miss Ivy and I were bored and needed a little project.  She likes nothing better than standing on a dining chair to help in the kitchen... she particularly likes washing potatoes but anything will do, as long as it's at adult height!

So I had a bag of Cadbury's white chocolate melts in the pantry which are sooo yummy.  I use them for cake pops but end up eating them by the handful.  So I decided to melt some and get Ivy to do the decorating... and this is what happened next...

The packet will give you the instructions for melting in the microwave but it's really simple... just microwave them until they melt but you must stir them every thirty seconds to prevent lumps.  Pour your melted chocolate into whatever container or mould you want to use.  Make sure you grease it first.   I just used a flat lid from a plastic container.  The lid makes it easy to pop the chocolate out with a little twist of the plastic.

And the melted chocolate became Miss Ivy's blank canvas to get creative.  I gave her three bowls of sprinkles but they were immediately mixed into one.  Once I convinced her not to eat them all she did some dainty sprinkling.  And then it wasn't so dainty as she grabbed the whole bowl and emptied it onto the chocolate.  Now this is where I want to grab the bowl and even out the sprinkles... but remember, this is a toddler project!  So I just shook off the ones that had no chocolate space to stick to and stuck it all in the fridge.

Once the chocolate hardened I twisted the lid to break it into pieces... I guess your toddler could do this part too... your toddler, not mine.  Mine would eat all the chocolate.

I divided the chocolate into clear bags and then made cute tags from photos I took of Ivy making it.  And there you go - toddler made Easter gifts!

I might try this with Easter cookies too... I will mix all the ingredients, Ivy will eat the batter.  I will make the icing, Ivy will eat the icing.  I will smother the cookies in icing and Ivy will eat the sprinkles before tipping them over the cookies.  Sounds about right!

Enjoy and Happy Easter to you all.  xx