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Celebrate Chocolate - Make Delicious Edible Pictures

Updated on November 15, 2014
My first attempt at a chocolate picture
My first attempt at a chocolate picture

Chocolate Days : the large number of national and international days celebrated around the world should tell us something about our love of this tasty confectionery. I'm sure you know that chocolate comes in many varieties - milk, white and dark - and we all have our own favorite. I prefer the dark variety, which (as a bonus) contains antioxidants which are thought to lower blood pressure and help protect the heart, so it is actually quite good for you.

Cocoa comes from a small tree, called the Theobroma cacao, or the cocoa tree. And, yes, I do find that spelling a little curious. The fruit contains cocoa seeds, which are turned into cocoa powder and eventually into chocolate. Choccie bars don't actually grow on trees, but you can make your own!

My family and friends know that I'm a chocoholic, of course, and last Christmas a Picture Maker made it into my pile of presents under the tree. I was delighted.

In the box, there were 12 packs of the yummy stuff, ready to melt in warm water - 4 packets each of dark, white and milk varieties. As the choc melts at a fairly low temperature, you don't need to worry about small fingers getting scalded. There were 4 trays to make the bars in, instructions and a total of 32 templates for designing the bars. There are templates to suit all tastes from "I love mum", through to dinosaurs, fish and flowers, and even a space ship.

The idea is straight forward, and simple for children (from 5 to 105!) to follow. First, melt one each of your white, dark and milk choc packs. Pick a template, and place it under the transparent tray. Use the dark to make the outline of your design, use the white as a filler, and then layer on the milk choc covering the whole tray including the design. Leave to set, then enjoy!

To see my first attempt at making a bar, see the photos below. I gave it as a gift to a friend, who told me he loved the flavour.

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Chocolate Picture Maker - Two Bar Pack
Chocolate Picture Maker - Two Bar Pack

A fun birthday or Christmas gift. Melt, create and enjoy two bars of yummy chocolate. Contains templates of varying difficulty, from simple easy designs through to hard intricate ones. No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, 100% Belgian Chocolate. Suitable for Vegetarians.

 

For children who love chocolate and coloring, what could be more fun than coloring with chocolate?

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The back of the packReady to beginWhat's in the box?Some of the templatesA few more templatesMy pack contained double-sided 4 sheets - in total 32 templatesPut a pack of each of white, milk and dark choc in a bowl of warm water to meltSelect your template and place under a transparent trayUse the dark choccie to outline the shape. My first attempt wasn't brilliant because I cut the wrong corner off the pack.Fill the outline with whiteLayer over the milk choccie. You don't have to worry about it overlapping the design. Tap the tray to even out the layerOne corner of the pack has a nozzle shape. This is the corner to cut off!After 20 minutes in the fridge, the choccie bar is ready to eat. Turn over and ease out of transparent tray.It came out of the try intact!My chocolate taster assured me that it tasted very good!
The back of the pack
The back of the pack
Ready to begin
Ready to begin
What's in the box?
What's in the box?
Some of the templates
Some of the templates
A few more templates
A few more templates
My pack contained double-sided 4 sheets - in total 32 templates
My pack contained double-sided 4 sheets - in total 32 templates
Put a pack of each of white, milk and dark choc in a bowl of warm water to melt
Put a pack of each of white, milk and dark choc in a bowl of warm water to melt
Select your template and place under a transparent tray
Select your template and place under a transparent tray
Use the dark choccie to outline the shape. My first attempt wasn't brilliant because I cut the wrong corner off the pack.
Use the dark choccie to outline the shape. My first attempt wasn't brilliant because I cut the wrong corner off the pack.
Fill the outline with white
Fill the outline with white
Layer over the milk choccie. You don't have to worry about it overlapping the design. Tap the tray to even out the layer
Layer over the milk choccie. You don't have to worry about it overlapping the design. Tap the tray to even out the layer
One corner of the pack has a nozzle shape. This is the corner to cut off!
One corner of the pack has a nozzle shape. This is the corner to cut off!
After 20 minutes in the fridge, the choccie bar is ready to eat. Turn over and ease out of transparent tray.
After 20 minutes in the fridge, the choccie bar is ready to eat. Turn over and ease out of transparent tray.
It came out of the try intact!
It came out of the try intact!
My chocolate taster assured me that it tasted very good!
My chocolate taster assured me that it tasted very good!

The choccie celebrations begin on 10th January with Bittersweet Chocolate Day. This is followed closely by 9th February, when, if you believe in the week-long Valentine's celebration, you should give your sweetheart a box full of chocolates. Of course, Easter is famous for indulgence in Easter Eggs, bunnies and other treats.

Later in the year, on 7th July we have another yummy celebration day, followed by National Milk Chocolate Day on 28th July. September 13th is the international version of the day. Another national celebration day sneaks up on 28th October, and lastly a National Chocolates Day on 29th November.

So, if you choose to celebrate any or all of these days, here are some delightful and fun choccie gifts you might like to share.

Nostalgia CFF965 3-Tier 1 1/2-Pound Capacity Chocolate Fondue Fountain
Nostalgia CFF965 3-Tier 1 1/2-Pound Capacity Chocolate Fondue Fountain

This mesmerizing fountain cascades melted chocolate down the tiers. Dip fruit, marshmallows or biscuit into the flow. Made to North American Electrical Standards, and has a single heat and motor control knob.

 
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book shows you how to make scrummy ice-cream, sorbets and sundaes with authentic Ben & Jerry recipes. Even novice ice-cream makers can make yummy ice creams!

 

Most of us don't need any excuse to enjoy chocolate, but Chocolate Day does give us a reason to celebrate in a special way.

Do you love chocolate? Which type do you prefer? Share your favorites with us!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Julie, I'm in favor of anything to do with eating, baking with or celebrating chocolate! The idea of "painting" with chocolate never occurred to me before. I bet kids would love the kit!

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      savateuse 2 years ago

      I can agree on both counts!

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      The chocolate picture maker sounds like a fun and tasty activity.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks like fun!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I'm a chocoholic! My favorites are Hershey's and Cadbury's milk chocolates.

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      AngryBaker 3 years ago

      Fun! I love playing with chocolate... and so do my girls.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Is there a Chocolate Day? Good heavens, that's worth a picture

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      @tonyleather: It is fun. I have been making pictures and giving them to friends to eat!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love chocolate, but I have to cut down alot as I don't want to become diabetic or even worse dead. I have been a very naughty girlie and ate way to much chocolate! Great Lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      A very unhealthy toy, but loads of fun I bet!

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      savateuse 3 years ago

      @KandH: I'm sure you can add some nuts or fruit to make a very sophisticated chocolate picture!

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      susan369 3 years ago

      I love the idea of the chocolate picture maker!

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      KandH 3 years ago

      I do love chocolate but don't think I have a favourite, I love dark chocolate and milk chocolate and I prefer chocolate with nuts than with fruit, with the exception of chocolate covered strawberries of course!... Oh yes and I love Nutella too. Hooray for more ways to celebrate and enjoy chocolate!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I do love chocolate, my favorite is Lindor chocolate yummmm. Your lens made me want chocolate though, that wasn't very nice! I think I'll have some hot chocolate though :)

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      I did not know that there were so many days to celebrate our love for chocolates. For me, I would not mind if all the 365 days are chocolate days.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Does anyone not love chocolate? I prefer all types! This was a delicious lens!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      @SteveKaye: chocolate is my favorite food group!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      what a fun project for a child, lots of entertainment value in this!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Chocolate is a food group. Or it should be.

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      Samantha Devereux 3 years ago from Columbia Mo

      That is adorable!