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Baby, it's cold outside! During these frozen and dark days, the warmth of the kitchen beckons more strongly than ever. Here at Theo, we’ve been heeding its call and have come up with a few simple and creative ideas that we hope will bring a festive glow to your own kitchen this holiday season. With little more than a bowl full of melted chocolate, we'll show you how you can make tasty and unique chocolate-kissed treats. What's more, we've designed these gift ideas with children in mind, so the whole family can take part (and the results make excellent afternoon treats, to boot).
What better time of year to gather around your kitchen table and create edible gifts to share with your loved ones? Fire up your favorite holiday tunes and let's get dipping!
Chocolate for Dipping and Drizzling
Chocolate can be intimidating to work with, but it need not be. If you want to get technical, you can find instructions on our website for tempering chocolate, which will give it that sharp, professional sheen. However, a small amount of tempered chocolate is difficult to hold in temper, and we've found that with just a little attention and a bit of coconut oil, you can create a very similar result. Here, we'll show you how, and then we'll talk about what to do with that lovely liquid chocolate.
The list of edibles that benefit from a generous coating of chocolate is endless. The following are a few simple suggestions to get you going:
Get to Dipping!
Line one or two cookie sheets with parchment paper and place on your kitchen table. Place the bowl of prepared chocolate out on the table and put the items for dipping beside it. One by one, dip the items roughly halfway (or as desired) in the chocolate and allow the excess to fall back into the bowl. Gently scrape the underside of the item on the edge of the bowl (this will prevent a puddle of chocolate from forming around your finished product) and then place the item on the parchment. Continue until the chocolate is used up or until you are finished.
Place the sheets in the refrigerator (or outside) for a couple of minutes to set. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least several more hours to continue to set up more firmly before packing in gift bags or storing in sealed containers.
Warning: this is dangerously easy to make, and to eat!