Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 11 Chocolate

This isn't your typical Valentine's Chocolate.  This is red chocolate!

When I was growing up, every Valentine's day my mom would go to MJDesigns and pick up red and pink chocolate waffers.  We would go home a make tons of these heart suckers to hand out at school with our Valentine cards. These days you cannot take homemade edibles to school anymore.  Too many kids are allergic to too many things. So you have to be crafty to come up with homemade Valentines and take store bought treats. "Semi-homemade" as Sandra Lee would say.  Even though your little ones cannot hand these out at school, they are still really fun to make together and enjoy at home.
 MJDesigns had every color of chocolate waffers that you could imagine.  An entire isle of these things.  Maybe it was a crafter trend at the time and it is just not as popular now.  I am not sure why you cannot find as many color options anymore. Either way...

You can generally find white, chocolate, darker chocolate, red, yellow, and green. Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels carry these.

The heart molds can be found online or at a cake supply shop.  They are cheap.  Don't forget to pick up your sucker sticks too.
Put the chocolate waffers into a glass measuring cup and melt in the microwave.  Do it in 15 second intervals.  If you get the chocolate too hot it will look dull when it cools.  The beauty of these suckers is the nice red shine when they cool.
Pour the chocolate into the mold with the sucker sticks already in place.  Tap the mold lightly on the counter to even out the chocolate.

Place the mold into the refrigerator until the chocolate sets.  Once the chocolate is set the suckers will pop right out of the mold.

We would wrap the hearts in cling wrap and seal with white curling ribbon.  My siblings and I always had so much fun making these with our mom.  They taste good, they look good, they smell good.  What a wonderful memory.  Have fun and enjoy!

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