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<