Be Chocolate Creative

If you think that chocolate is great to smell, eat, enjoy
yourself or offer as a gift, then you’re already halfway there. Many seem to
overlook the creative and artistic aspect of chocolate, the numerous crafts and
family recipes that you can enjoy with your kids at home, making a fun
chocolate day out of it — and devouring it all in the end.

So where do you start? You begin by choosing the right
chocolate for your crafts and melting it.

As you will primarily use it for coating, make sure you get chocolate that melts easily. True chocolate might taste better, but it can be difficult to melt, so you might want to buy
coatings that contain vegetable fats and are fairly easy to melt as well as harden up after you have finished creating.

If you choose to buy proper chocolate, however, the taste will be thicker and certainly better. Chop your bars into pieces and melt them either in the microwave or in a small pot which you will have placed above boiling water. Remember to never add water, as this spoils the taste and thickness of the chocolate, making it practically unusable. Stir regularly while it’s melting and only stop when you have gotten an even, smooth, creamy
mixture.

Now you’re ready to do millions of things — you decide the shape and form that your chocolate treats will take! You can even make your own chocolate room to live in.

If you’re not that ambitious, here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Make chocolate-dipped pretzels. Prepare a baking sheet with
tin foil and start dipping your little pretzels into the melted chocolate. You
can either dip them in entirely and use a fork to take them out of the blend,
or just dip half in and use your hands to hold onto them.

Always work on one pretzel at a time and ensure that you
shake it a few times after dipping it, so that any excess chocolate is removed
and just the right amount is left on. You can also drizzle sprinkles onto the
chocolate for a more decorative look. Place all the pretzels carefully onto the
tray and put them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.

Make chocolate cake pops in no time! Kids are going to love
these. Get any chocolate cake mix from the stores and follow the instructions
to create a thick texture which you can later turn into small cake balls that
will stick together, without crumbling. Shape your mixture into balls, making
sure that are firm enough to dip into your chocolate cream without falling
apart.

Dip a stick into the chocolate and then press it into the
center of each cake ball. Wait a few minutes for the chocolate to harden and
then take each cake pop and dip it into the chocolate cream. Sprinkle anything,
from coconut to candy, on top of your pops and wait for them to set.

Melted chocolate on top of marshmallows works well too!

Get your kids to eat fruit by dipping it into the chocolate cream!

Place an entire banana or even whole strawberries and berries on sticks
and then dip them into the melted chocolate. Freeze for 30 minutes and get the
kids to eat more fruit than ever before — without chasing or begging them!

 Tell me these chocolate fruit on a stick don’t look amazing!

Want to mix things up quickly? Get a collection of crazy chocolate molds for simple chocolate pieces like these musical instruments or snowflakes.

How about some unusual ideas? First up, make your own Pucko!

What is Pucko? It’s a popular Swedish drink made from milk, sugar and chocolate – basically cold hot chocolate. Here are directions for how to make your own with Oreo’s and chocolate/vanilla ice cream!

Speaking of hot chocolate, have you tried a frozen hot chocolate yet? Here’s how to make it!

How about making chocolate bowls using balloons! We know this sounds weird, but anything with balloons is going to be fun for kids!

Here’s step-by-step instructions for how to create pictures that can look as good as the one below using chocolate!

Here’s a recipe for Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate Chip Cookies that everyone is sure to love!

Of course, when you need a quick fix for your warm chocolate chip cookie craving, nothing beats popping some Pillsbury Cookie Dough cookies into the oven. 10-15 minutes and you’re done. And you can even save $1 with our Pillsbury eCoupon this month!

Get the family together this weekend and spend a few hours at home, melting chocolate and having fun! Which of these ideas do you think you’ll try?

Repin all of the ideas and more on our Fun With Chocolate Pinterest board!

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