Rather than snatching chocolates off a shelf for Valentine’s Day, help kids make loved ones a more heartfelt version by molding their own.
The ingredients can be found in your grocery store’s baking section, while the equipment – such as an ice cube tray – is probably already in your kitchen waiting to reveal its chocolate-making potential.
Adult’s help: A little
Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1½ hours
Makes: 16 chocolate pieces
Kitchen gear: Measuring cups, 3 teaspoons, 3 microwave-safe bowls, spatula, table knife, cutting board, 16-cube ice cube tray (BPA-free)
1½ cups white chocolate chips
¾ cup milk chocolate chips
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
Red food coloring
STEP 1. Microwave 1½ cups of white chocolate chips in a bowl for 45 seconds. Stir the chocolate until the chips melt. Heat more if needed, 15 seconds at a time.
STEP 2. Spoon white chocolate into 4 cube spaces, filling about one-third of each space. Squeeze 2 drops of red food coloring into the bowl with remaining melted chocolate, mixing to make light pink. (Work quickly, before chocolate hardens.) Spoon pink chocolate into 4 empty cubes. Stir in 2 more drops of coloring to darken the remaining pink mixture. Fill 4 more slots. Mix in 2 more drops and pour into the last 4 slots. If you have extra melted chocolate, scrape it from the bowl with a spatula and spread it over lighter colors. Cool 5 minutes.
STEP 3. Microwave ½ cup of milk chocolate chips in another bowl for 45 seconds. Stir with a clean spoon to melt, then scoop into eight cubes (over white and light-pink chocolate), filling completely and leveling smooth with spoon. Don’t overfill, or the chocolates won’t sit flat.
STEP 4. Repeat this process with ½ cup of dark chocolate chips to fill the remaining spots.
STEP 5. Place tray flat in the freezer for 1 hour.
STEP 6. Remove the tray and grip over a cutting board. Twist back and forth, then flip over so chocolates slip out. Repeat as needed. If a piece won’t budge, gently slide the table knife along one side to loosen.
STEP 7. Present your chocolates on a plate, or store at room temperature in a box that you have decorated. Want an even cuter look? Buy flower – or heart-shaped molds in crafts stores or online.