I don’t post ‘how to do things’ very often, but these were really easy, cheap and fun to make – plus Ellie was so chuffed with her work, that I couldn’t resist sharing.
Spoiler Alert!!!– if this is family looking at this please either don’t look or look surprised when Ellie presents these to you at our Christmas family party!
What do you need?
We made 18 Christmas shaped chocolates but obviously the amount of ingredients you need depends on how many you want to make as well as the size of your chocolates and how much you want to pack into them.
Chocolate – we used 9 packets of Aldi essentials milk chocolate. A total of 900g.
Things to put in the chocolates – we used Maltesers, Smarties, jelly beans, mini stars and marshmallows.
A mould for the shapes – we bought a silicone Christmas mould from B&M bargains (£1.99)
A bowl and pan (or microwave) to melt the chocolate
Spoons – at least 3!
How to make your chocolates
1. Melt the chocolate. You can do this using a bowl over some hot water, or in the microwave. Hint: melt the chocolate a bit at a time rather than all at once – this means you can take your time to create your chocolates without feeling rushed. We also re-used our mould so actually did this in three separate batches.
2. Pour the chocolate into the mould and add your sweetie treats. It’s easier to fill the mould half way at first, add your treats, then fill to the top (or however thick you want it). Ellie did choose to put some sweeties right at the bottom and some right at the top a couple of times because she thought it looked nice.
3. Place your chocolates in the fridge to harden.
4. After half an hour or so check the chocolates to see if they are firm enough to come out of the mould. You can now re-use the mould for your next batch. Using a silicone mould made it easy to get the shapes out but you can use anything heatproof if you didn’t want to buy the mould. A non stick fairy cake tray would work – if the chocolates don’t come out easily it can be heated a little at the bottom (with a grown up’s help) to ease them out.
5. This step is completely optional but Ellie wanted to present her chocolates to family as a present for Christmas so we put them in little bags and she added home made labels with her current favourite – curly writing.
It’s that simple – no hassle and hardly any mess – my kind of craft. With a week before Christmas and school holidays about to start why not give it a go!