Chocolate dipping is perfect for any occasion, Mother’s Day, a gift for a friend, a fun family night activity, etc. This is also great for a last minute personal gift, because you can do it the night before or day of. My children love to help and for some reason everything just tastes better with chocolate…but that is just my opinion!
What You Need:
- Chocolate to melt and dip in. Options:
- Chocolate chips – add oil to get the desired consistency
- Candy Melts (Click link to see picture)- Cocoa and White found in the Party Section (Wedding/Cake Decorating Isle) at W-mart for $2.50
- Bowls for dipping – the smaller ones are easier to use less, but get more depth for dipping. We use pastry dishes
- Wax paper
- Cookie sheet or tray to place wax paper and dipped chocolates on while drying
- Favorite foods to dip
- Shortbread Cookies
- Cinnamon Bears (my favorite)
- Pretzels – any type
- Graham Crackers
- Optional: Toppings
- Mini M&Ms
- Mini chocolate chips
- Apron or old t-shirts for helpers to wear- They will want to wipe their hands on something.
Tips for Starting:
Prepare chocolate, layout the food you want dipped and line a cookie sheet or tray with wax paper and place on the table. Prepare the chocolate by melting in a bowl on defrost in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and repeat defrost every 30 seconds until it is melted completely. I think it is helpful to layout what you want dipped. If you do not want an entire bag of Oreos dipped, do not put the whole bag on the table. Your display does not have to be as put together as below. I just did this for the picture. ;-)
Start dipping. Some helpers need a little demonstration to show proper dipping technique (i.e. one person dipping per bowl at a time, do not lick your fingers or drop leaves in chocolate). My kiddos picked it up really quick and even asked if I could go away, so they could do it on their own. Ha! Nice try!!
And do not forget about the toppings! Toppings are not required, but are a little additional fun and add some color. You can also drizzle a little of the white chocolate on the milk chocolate (or vice versa) to give it a fancy look. Heavier toppings like the Mini M&Ms are better to put on after the chocolate as set for a minute or two, otherwise they slide off. My little helpers are especially fond of the sprinkles!
Once finished, let them set until chocolate has hardened. If you are in a rush, you can place them in the fridge for a few minutes, but it is not necessary. Having your wax paper on a tray is allows you to move the chocolates out of the way or out of sight while they are setting.
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