Where to Wednesday: A Valentine's Day Chocolate Making Party
One of my favorite birthday parties as a kid was my 6th birthday, when my mom had a chocolate making party for me. When the girls & I attended the opening of the Land of Nod Toy Shop, they got a kit to make chocolate owl lollipops. It was really easy, they had fun & it reminded me of that birthday party.
I decided it would be fun to have a Valentine's chocolate making party with some of our friends. Well, if my mom was crazy for having a 1st grade class over to make chocolate, I was even more crazy for having 18 kids 4 & under to do the same! Our dining room was a chocolate disaster, but it was worth it. Everyone had fun & had some delicious treats to take home.
This could also be a fun ladies night & you could make Valentine's for the kids classes (or for yourselves). It would be a lot less of a mess & it's an easy enough project that wine can certainly be involved (wine can also be involved when toddlers are painting your chairs in chocolate too).
I bought the molds & chocolate from AC Moore. I also got lollipop sticks & plastic bags there.
In addition to the chocolate lollipops, I bought pretzel rods & big marshmallows. For these, the kids can simply dip them into the chocolate & then dip into different sprinkles.
Chocolate for melting
Small plastic bags (to put treats in)
Cut yarn or ribbon to tie bags
To melt the chocolate, I borrowed a double boiler from Julie & then made my own using a metal bowl over a pot. You can also microwave it to melt it.
Then I poured the chocolate into small bowls & gave the kids plastic spoons to scoop the chocolate into the molds. If you use the microwave still pour the chocolate into a different bowl so it's not so hot.
Once they fill the molds, help them put in the lollipop sticks & put into the fridge. The chocolate covered pretzels & marshmallows don't have to do in the fridge. While their chocolate cooled, the kids ran around & had some non sugar snacks, in attempt to counteract all of the "sampling" that went on while making the chocolates!
It was a lot of fun & an easy party. It sure is a messy party though (note the lack of "after pictures").
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