Need a Great Party Favor Idea? Try Melting and Molding Chocolate! Simple and Fun!
Searching for a creative yet tasty party favor to give to your guests? Why not melt and mold chocolate? Melting chocolate is easy, fun and won't cost you a fortune. You can find all the supplies you need on-line (for the best prices) and in your local craft store. Even people that do not consider themselves "crafty" or good when it comes to cooking can master the art of chocolate melting. Trust me when I say it is NOT difficult!
If you have read my birthday party HUB Pages (John Deere Birthday Party Ideas and Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party Ideas) then you know that I love to plan birthday parties! When my sister asked me and wife to be in charge of party favors for her son's first birthday celebration…of course we said, "Yes!" After tossing around a few ideas, we decided to melt chocolates and then package them in small cellophane bags tied with bows. Sweet, simple and delicious!
Neither I nor my wife had ever melted chocolate before. Ok, I take that back. Sure, we had melted chocolate for a fondue party we had many years ago and yes, we made S'mores when we went camping last summer…but that is about the extent of our candy making experience. We decided to look on-line and go to the craft store in order to figure out what we would need to purchase.
Supplies - Lots of Choices!
When I first saw all of the supplies that were available for candy making, I was shocked! Who knew there were SO MANY different things you could buy. From molds, types of chocolates, sprinkles, decorations, cellophane bags, ribbons….I could go on and on. My sister decided that her son's first birthday party would not have a theme…but it would have a color scheme (which was different shades of blue and white). To keep things simple (after all, this was our first attempt at molding chocolate) we decided to buy several simple round circular shaped candy molds and several molds that contained airplanes, trucks and boats. We also purchased light blue chocolates (they have a vanilla flavor), white chocolates, and regular brown chocolates (cocoa flavored). For those of you who are more adventurous, you may want to purchase the tiny paint brush tools that are available so that you can actually paint the molds…therefore producing multi-colored chocolate pieces. I must warn you that this can be quite difficult and time consuming! Personally, I'm not quite ready for chocolate painting yet. Before I forget, you should also purchase several small, plastic, microwave safe bottles (they make pouring the chocolate very easy!). Plastic bottles of all sizes are available in the candy making aisle (and also on-line!).
Buy Supplies On-Line!
Don't Forget the Pretzels!
Because we wanted a variety of favors, we also purchased small pretzel wheels so that we could make chocolate covered pretzels. This process is very easy as all you do is arrange the pretzels on a cookie sheet that is covered in wax paper, drizzle the melted chocolate over each pretzel, quickly add sprinkles and allow to cool. That's it….easy…and who doesn't love chocolate covered pretzels!
Time to Melt and Mold!
The first thing you should do is clear plenty of space in your refrigerator as you will need a place for your chocolates to cool and set once they have been poured into the molds. My wife and I decided to work as a team (it is much easier to melt and mold if you have two people). I was in charge of melting the chocolates in the microwave and my wife poured the chocolate into the various molds. You will need to work quickly and efficiently as once the chocolate begins to cool and harden…it will clog up the bottles making pouring next to impossible. After you fill a mold with melted chocolate it is very important that you lightly tap the sides (of the mold) so that the chocolate can evenly settle and all air bubbles are destroyed. After this is done, allow the chocolate to sit a few moments. Next, put the mold into the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set. Each chocolate mold that you purchase will come with complete instructions. It is very important that you follow these instructions! Trust me, we didn't follow the instructions on one batch and our chocolates turned out horribly!
Go Ahead, Melt Some Chocolate!
Melting and molding chocolates is a lot of fun! There are MANY different types of chocolate projects for you to choose from. Whether you want to make chocolate pops, filled chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels or even simple solid chocolate decorations….the possibilities are endless! We were also in charge of making the cupcakes that were to be served at my nephew's party. We ended up decorating each cupcake with a different chocolate (that we molded ourselves!). We even made chocolate letters so that the cupcakes would spell out "Happy Birthday Anthony!" The molded chocolates were a huge hit among the guests…the cupcakes were delicious (we received MANY compliments)…and over all, my nephew's birthday party was a great success. If you are searching for a party favor that is sure to please yet fun and easy to make…give molding chocolate a try! I guarantee your party guests will be very impressed. Good luck!