Thursday, December 20, 2012

DIY chocolate holiday spoons

While browsing the web for some DIY projects a month ago, I came across these chocolate party spoons on the blog Delicious Delicious Delicious:

Chocolate Party Spoons
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Since the holidays were around the corner, I decided to recreate this chocolate treat with red and green spoons (and later blue, too).  Then I could give out a little homemade treat to friends and coworkers rather than breaking the bank with something bought.

Two weekends ago when I went to my parents'  house to "study for the GRE," I ended up spending my Saturday evening making these spoons.  Here's how mine turned out:

DIY holiday chocolate spoons
DIY holiday chocolate spoons 

MATERIALS NEEDED


  • Bar(s) of chocolate
  • Plastic spoons
  • Sprinkles/decorative candies
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Double boiler or microwave

I bought the chocolate from Woodmans: one bar of white chocolate, and one plain chocolate bar.   I had a few squares left in each package when I was done; so if you're making 60 spoons, two pounds should be more than enough chocolate.
Eileens 1 lb Ivory Bark
1 lb package of Eillien's Ivory Bark (white chocolate)

I also got some various sprinkles and candies from the same grocery store for decoration.

My mom picked up the spoons for me at Party City; I believe there were 24 in each pack.  I got three packs: red, green, and light blue; which totaled over 60 spoons!

When I was at the thrift shop over Thanksgiving weekend I found a roll of about twelve different ribbon patterns for $0.90, so I bought it with this project in mind.

Cheap Christmas ribbon from thrift shop
Very cheap thrift-shop Christmas ribbon

To package them up as I did, you'll also need some plastic wrap and scissors.

DIRECTIONS


1. Melt the chocolate.

Since my older brother is a foodie/cook, I know that you're supposed to use a double boiler to melt chocolate, so as not to burn it.  The pan that fit perfectly on top of the bottom pan had holes in the bottom, presumably for steaming vegetables.  So I used a smaller pot to melt the chocolate, and rested it on top of the pot of boiling water:

Melting white chocolate in double boiler
Wane helps melt the white chocolate in a "double boiler"

Well, the white chocolate wasn't becoming the "melty" consistency that I was expecting:

Melting white chocolate in double boiler
White chocolate

So I called brother Teej and asked him if I could add anything to make it more liquid-y.  He said I might have burned the chocolate if the smaller pan had touched the boiling water below, or the metal sides of the bigger pot.  It had been in contact with both of those things, so perhaps that's what happened.  Unable to reverse what was done, we began scooping up the white chocolate and pressing it into the spoons with a knife, then scraping it flat.

I think you can tell that this wasn't the expected consistency, but it worked:


When it was time to melt the chocolate bar, my friend Wane asked, "Now tell me again, why we aren't just using the microwave?"  Before I could even finish my answer, he had put a bowl of chocolate into the microwave and pressed the start button.  It ended up working, and that's how we melted the rest of the chocolate!  I'm still not sure if my makeshift "double boiler" failed us, or if it was the type of white chocolate that failed to melt as I'd wanted.

2. Spoon the melted chocolate into the plastic spoons.

If you can get your chocolate to melt, spoon it into the plastic spoons.  You don't want to put in too much since it'll run over the edges if the spoon gets tilted as you move it to your decorating station.

3. Prop up the spoon handles on a book/magazine so that the chocolate sets flat.



I used a couple of magazines and books for the newest spoons, then would move them off once the chocolate had hardened again.


4. Wait a few minutes, then add sprinkles/decorations.

When the chocolate's not super hot, yet when it's still malleable, sprinkle on some decorations!

Holiday chocolate spoons
Decorated holiday spoons


5. When the chocolate in all of the spoons has hardened, begin cutting squares of plastic wrap.

I was ripping off pieces of plastic wrap, then cutting them with scissors.  My parents were both watching me package up the spoons when before I knew it, they were helping too!

My dad grabbed a knife and cutting board to cut the plastic wrap into squares, as the scissors were proving difficult.

Papa cutting plastic wrap with knife
Papa cutting plastic wrap with knife

6. Wrap the chocolate part of the spoon in plastic wrap.

I wrapped the spoons going from corner to corner of the plastic wrap diagonally, to have a greater surface area for covering.


7. Tie a ribbon around the plastic wrap at the base of the spoon.

As papa was cutting the plastic wrap, mother began cutting pieces of ribbon for me to use.


Cutting ribbon
Mother helping to cut ribbon

Sometimes I would tie just one color around the spoon, but on others I would use a solid color paired with a pattern.  Yours will depend on how much ribbon you have at your disposal.

8. Use scissors to curl ribbon.

If you've never curled ribbon before, this youtube video will show you how.

If you already know how to curl ribbon, watching Miss Nancy teach people how is still worth a look!  I find the children a bit... distracting, how about you?

9. Give the spoons away, eat them... or just put them on display!

If you do use the ribbon like I did, these spoons make great decorations.  I set some out on our piano at my parents' house, then packed the rest up into a box to take downtown. 


Box of DIY chocolate holiday spoons
My box of chocolate holiday spoons

Afterwards I made a few tags for some, tying two or three spoons together with ribbon and a tag with the recipient's name.  While making the sister's tag, I accidentally cut myself with the scissors.  Using what was at my disposal, I quickly grabbed a napkin from the kitchen table and wrapped it around my bleeding finger, then tied it tight with ribbon!

My ribbon bandaid
My spur-of-the-moment ribbon bandaid

If I didn't see you this past week, or if you live out of the country - my apologies, but the spoons are all gone!  However, just like trivia the other week, this was another sign that I'm making connections again here in Madison.  I did give some people two or three spoons each, but that's still a lot of spoons gifted to friends!


If anyone tries to make these, let me know how you end up melting your chocolate: double boiler, microwave, or is there some other way I should be aware of?  If anyone has made another craft for a holiday gift, I'd love to see!
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4 comments:

  1. Do you just put these in coffee? Or are they strong enough to put into hot milk alone?

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  2. I made them just for eating - straight to the mouth! But I bet you could stir one into coffee or hot chocolate for a little kick.

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  3. I only just saw this; they're great! :)

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    1. Thanks! Glad I saw your post that month!

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