Celebrate Chocolate - Make Delicious Edible Pictures
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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Which Variety Do You Prefer?
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 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.
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 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.