Kids Activities: Chocolate Gifts for the Neighbors
Chocolate. Christmas. Community. Children. All of these things are what I love about the holiday season. So, what could be more perfect than combining all four—kids activities, including homemade gift ideas for the neighbors made of chocolate?
Last night, my kids and I were in an edible arts and crafts mode. We got out our supplies and tripled the recipe, leaving us with enough left over to share with three families in our neighborhood as holiday gifts.
How to Make Crafts for Christmas Gifts
- Christmas cookie cutters in a variety of shapes (We used snowflakes, stars, and a gingerbread family.)
- Wilton candy melts (We used three varieties: white, milk, and peppermint white chocolate.)
- Wilton disposable decorating bags (We needed three, one each for the different kinds of chocolate.)
- Cookie sheet
- Wooden spoon
- Wax paper or Crisco (We preferred to grease the cookie sheet, but you may also place a piece of wax paper on top instead.)
- Paper towels
- Cellophane wrap (We used clear.)
Step 1: In preparation, place a sheet of wax paper on or grease a cookie sheet. Place cookie cutters on top of the wax paper or greased cookie sheet. Then, fill a disposable decorating bag about 3/4ths of the way full of chocolate candies (one variety per bag). Microwave for 30 seconds and remove to pat the bag with a wooden spoon. Microwave for 15 seconds. Repeat until chocolate is melted. Once the chocolate is melted, cut the tip of the disposable bag.
Step 2: Squeeze the chocolate around the edges of the cookie cutter first and then proceed to the center, filling the entire cookie cutter with chocolate. When all cookie cutters have chocolate in them, tap the pan on the counter to smooth out the chocolate. Add another layer of chocolate for effect: milk or dark and white chocolate and milk or dark and peppermint white chocolate are especially fun. Also, consider adding sprinkles or crushed peppermint candies to the top.
Step 3: Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator to cool. Once cooled, determine whether you'd like to give the gifts with or without the cookie cutter.
If you are including the cookie cutter with the gift, you are ready to wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
If you are not including the cookie cutter with the gift, remove the chocolate from each cookie cutter and place in the cellophane, wrap, and tie with a ribbon. And voila! You have the perfect neighbor gifts.
What are your favorite edible holiday craft activities to do with your kids?