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Chocolate Spoons for Holiday Gift Giving 
 
Nov. 14, 2009 10:51 pm 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2009 12:14 pm
     I was purchasing some Godiva hot chocolate for my exchange giftee (lisaj) when I saw chocolate spoons at the store. I thought it was a great idea to give with hot chocolate and I knew I could make some at home that were better than the ones in the store that were on black plastic spoons with crusty marshmallows.

     I tempered my milk chocolate for these spoons. I first reserved a small handful of chocolate which I chopped into smaller pieces and set aside. Next, I began melting the chocolate in the mircowave just until the chocolate began to melt. I stirred the chopped pieces of chocolate I reserved into the melted chocolate which is called seeding. I kept stirring for several minutes as the chocolate began to cool. You can use a thermometer and look up the proper temperatures, but I am able to temper chocolate visually because I have done this many times by now. I also test it before using by dropping a small amount onto wax paper. It if it properly tempered, it will dry and harden completely within a couple of minutes or less. If you are interested in learning more about tempering chocolate, you can look it up. There are resources which explain it much better than I can.

    I think these will make excellent gifts for this holiday season and I plan to make more after this great first experience. You can use any color of plastic spoon, which I love!

    For packaging, I used the Wilton pretzel rod bags and put one spoon into each bag and I sealed with a sticker. You could also use a ribbon to tie the bag closed in place of stickers. 

    Here is the recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Spoons/Detail.aspx?prop31=1<

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Nov. 14, 2009 11:10 pm
That's a good stocking stuffer idea! I like the versatility - you could make some with marshmallows like you said, or caramel maybe, or you could dye white chocolate to make them more festive. My sister would probably eat them just off the spoon, so I'd dip hers in crushed M&Ms or something like that :)
 
Nov. 14, 2009 11:24 pm
Yes, you can really be creative with these. I like to match my packaging to the person or event, so I like being able to use different colored spoons, ribbon, or themed stickers. For the holidays, I am thinking silver snowflake sticker or elegant snowflake ribbon. You could also press a couple of fresh marshmallows onto them. I piped some white chocolate across some of mine. Have fun with it and enjoy!
 
Nov. 14, 2009 11:48 pm
Wonderful idea!! Thanks a lot!
 
Nov. 15, 2009 4:23 am
I think I'll do this! Thanks for the idea.
 
petey 
Nov. 15, 2009 7:03 am
neat idea...what kind of chocolate do you use?
 
Nov. 15, 2009 9:24 am
I used Baker's Milk Chocolate for this recipe and I tempered the chocolate.
 
lisa j 
Nov. 15, 2009 9:28 am
And I'm the lucky person who got the spoons! They look great and if they taste anything like the chocolate covered peanut butter eggs they came with, they taste divine! Thanks Kelly!
 
Nov. 16, 2009 8:33 am
These are great for coffee lovers not just hot chocolate. I used to give them to teachers along with other things and they always loved them. Yours look beautiful, love the pink spoons!
 
Nov. 16, 2009 2:47 pm
Good idea. The stickers are a very nice touch.
 
Nov. 16, 2009 5:01 pm
Thanks Luvs2Bake for adding the coffee suggestion. I am not a coffee drinker, so I didn't know! :)
 
Nov. 16, 2009 6:17 pm
Thank you for the terrific instructions! I was hoping to include some of these spoons in the holiday gift bags for my SILs and nieces, all of whom love chocolate. I really like the M&Ms idea! :)
 
Nov. 17, 2009 6:41 am
those are great to give is a gift basket, love the idea. I like to give family baskets too.
 
Nov. 17, 2009 10:14 am
I love it. The pink spoons are great too. How do I get my name on your holiday gift list? LOL!
 
Nov. 17, 2009 10:45 am
I love this idea! I plan to add these to my Christmas gift baskets.
 
Nov. 17, 2009 3:27 pm
Terrific gift idea. Love the pink spoons!
 
Nov. 17, 2009 5:29 pm
These would make a really unique fundraising offering. They look beautiful and it is fairly easy to customize to suit your needs. Thanks for sharing!
 
Nov. 17, 2009 7:08 pm
Cute! I love the idea.
 
Nov. 17, 2009 7:43 pm
Love this idea...I'd also like to add that your pics of all the treats you make are inspiring... I have two kids but only one that likes to get the kitchen with me and that's my son:-) we both enjoy that time together!! Happy holidays to you and your family!!
 
luv2cater 
Nov. 17, 2009 8:14 pm
Very CUTE! I have a question.... I've always hardened my chocolate w/ a bit of melted cooking WAX, isnt that the same-ish? It seems much easier than the tempering & hardens w/ in seconds. I cater but dont bake much or make much candy except at Christmas. THX for sharing the cute idea!!
 
greatmama 
Nov. 18, 2009 3:07 am
I am having no luck printing reviews. Can anybody give me the correct process to print them. I am a new member and just love this site,I spen most of my day on it.
 
drgnldy14 
Nov. 18, 2009 8:34 am
I love this idea...do you let them harden on wax paper or hang up so there is not a flat spot on the bottom?
 
Nov. 18, 2009 10:18 am
I let them dry on wax paper. The bottoms are flat, but with tempering the chocolate, it doesn't really pool around the bottom at all. You can use wax with chocolate to help them set, but I prefer tempering, especially when I am giving it as a gift.
 
ktmoore1960 
Nov. 18, 2009 2:49 pm
I love to bake and cook but this idea is new to me so please excuse if this sounds like a silly question but what are the spoons used for? Is it just for stirring and adding flavor to whatever beverage you want. I think they are pretty and would like to try them. I've never done candy before so is tempering chocolate difficult? thanks for the help, I'd really like to try this.
 
Nov. 18, 2009 7:09 pm
The chocolate spoons can be used to stir and add flavor to hot chocolate or coffee. You can do a search on how to temper chocolate. AllRecipes also have instructions on how to temper chocolate. I think it can be a little tricky, but after you conquer it, it gets easier. The most difficult part I had with it, is that I could temper and it would harden properly, but I would get a fat oir sugar bloom. I find that stirring it constantly after seeding really help to prevent that from happening. I hope this helps!
 
cook4four 
Nov. 19, 2009 9:22 am
This looks like so much fun! I've never done these before, but I think I'm going to give them a try. :D Thanks!
 
Shari 
Nov. 19, 2009 10:28 am
Hi. I'm new to this site and so far I am really enjoying it. I have a quick question for anyone to answer, please. Since it appears to be diffuclt at first to temper chocolate, why not use the Wilton candy melts or almond bark? Is there a draw back in using these. The candy melts come in quite a few colors and flavors. One of mine is the Chocolate Mint. Any advice? Thank you and Happy Holidays!
 
Dana 
Nov. 19, 2009 12:05 pm
My grandchildren love chocolate! I give these without all the mess. They think I'm the best for making them for them!
 
Nov. 19, 2009 12:14 pm
Shari, you can use Wilton candy melts. The difference is that they are not real chocolate, they are compound coatings. Here is a link that helps to explain chocolate that I enjoy: http://www.the-chocolate-spot.com/types-of-chocolate.html
 
 
 
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