We were sent a kit together with two extra special stencils especially for Grace. One was of Furi from the Moshi Monsters crew and the other was of her name. I showed her them when she got in from school last week and she was so excited!
So, on Saturday afternoon – before Grace went off to a friend’s birthday party – we got busy making with the Chocolate picture maker. First we cut the stencils and put one each under the plastic chocolate tray. We had 2 packs of dark, 2 packs of white and 2 packs of milk chocolate, all of which we put in a bowl of warm tap water to melt the chocolate and make it easy to work with.
Once melted, we snipped a very small corner off of the pack of dark chocolate each and started our outlining. Grace did an amazing job with her name and decided to give me the far more tricky job of dealing with Furi! Once the outlining was done, we moved on to filling the outlines with white chocolate to form the picture. The chocolate was really easy to work with as it didn’t melt to the point of being too runny. Then, once the picture was in place, we covered the whole thing with the milk chocolate. After checking them very carefully by holding them flat and looking underneath, we put them in the fridge to set and Grace skipped off to the party – but not before cutting open the foil packs of chocolate to lick the packet! The chocolate was so scrummy and, for someone who doesn’t normally like white chocolate that much, this was gorgeous!
On her return, we sat down to our Saturday evening television fill and decided we needed a chocolate fill too! The chocolate had set in the fridge and I had resisted the temptation to test it! They say that the proof of the pudding – or in this case, chocolate – is in the eating and my goodness is it good! Normally the worry with something like this is that the chocolate tastes a bit ‘fake’. It really didn’t – it was rich, creamy and tasted as good as any top brand.
So the verdict? The pluses are that it is easy for age 6 and over to do, doesn’t cause loads of mess and is a great end result. The chocolate is 100% Belgian and is both vegetarian and gluten free. The minuses are that the end result disappears too quick! Plus, you can never have too much chocolate!
Next on the agenda? We would LOVE to try out their chocolate modelling – it looks amazing!
With thanks to the lovely people at Magic Choc for sending us the Chocolate Picture Maker for review. Find them on Twitter or pop over and have a look at their fantastic website.