Making Chocolate Lollipops

Welcome Spring and Hellooooo Rain. This past weekend it poured. All weekend long. So we stayed in and made the best of it by inventing all sorts of rainy day activities like playing with our new chocolate lollipop molds.

Recipe

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of butterscotch chips. (N isn’t super fond of chocolate, and we hoped that the butterscotch would make the flavor more palatable for her.)
  • Assorted decorations (sprinkles, colored sugar, nuts, dried fruit, etc.)
  • Lollipop mold and sticks. These are very inexpensive, but in their absence, you could make free-form lollipops like these from She Is Dallas by simply dropping a dollop of chocolate right down on waxed paper and then adding a popsicle stick or straw while the chocolate is warm.

Before we began, we made guesses about what might happen to the chips if we heated them up. This was a fine little science lesson in how chocolate turns from a solid into a liquid at a high temperature. After semi-melting the chips in the microwave, we stirred the mixture until it blended smoothly and then dropped/poured it into the molds with a teaspoon. Since I’m working with a preschooler, I didn’t want to bother with tempering the chocolate. Sticks were added and it was ready for decorating!

I handed the whole thing over to N so she could work her two-year old magic on the lollipops.

N adores sprinkles of all sorts, and while I half-expected to witness a grand dumping of the candies, I was surprised by her restraint. Especially on the cooped up rainy day that it was.

The tray found its way into the fridge for what seemed like FOREVER, and then we popped them out.

Yummy!

Well, yummy until you’ve had too much of a good thing. Lucky for me, my child isn’t a huge fan of chocolate and just about gagged after the first big bite. Just so you know the true story here, I tried the lollipops myself, and they really were good.

And this is further reminder that with small children the process far outweighs the product!

The day that we made these, I asked my Facebook Friends what they were creating, and I am inspired by all of the creativity.  See for yourself!

  • A homemade pizza for my family!
  • Cookies!
  • happiness
  • I drew a big road, loads of turns and rotaries Also filled with homes, gas station, supermarket, the works. Taped it to the coffee table, it provided hours of entertainment on this rainy day.
  • playscapes, the beginnings of our spring nature table, and lemon risotto
  • it was a beautiful day, so we hit the zoo, and went walking in a neat part of town for hours! we made box lunches, and made smiles! seeing an old friend and her new baby seem to create good moods!
  • A new appreciation for art for Lili- went to the cantor center and she loved it!
  • My lil one made Holi cards with leaf and petal printing and decoupage. Holi, is a festival of colours, peace and brotherhood – here in India. :)
  • At playschool today it was pouring rain so we made some suncatcher rainbow collages and had story time whilst listening to the rain!

What did you create today?

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh my, these look positively SCRUMMY YUMMY DOOOO! I want some.

    Thank you for stopping by at Kids Get Crafty – fabulous to see you ther! Hope to see you again soon!

    Maggy

  2. says

    It’s snowing here. But I wouldn’t want your rain, either, as I’m still twitchy after last spring’s “historic” floods.

    At that age my oldest was so sensitive to chocolate he could barely have any, and no later than noon, or he’d be up all night. And he’s so sensible, he just didn’t want it much!

    I created dinner. And this is no small accomplishment, because this flu is heinous.

    • rachelle says

      I woke up with a bug yesterday morning (and it was my birthday, on top!), and felt like I couldn’t do a thing. Congrats on accomplishing dinner — I defrosted some pizza. Blech. I hope you feel better soon, friend :)

  3. says

    our brains caught a similair wave. :) I bought milk chocolate this week to make chocolate bark with Simone. last week I made it out of dark chocolate for myself and used fancy spices and nuts. Simone was so sad when she took a bite and realized it wasn’t for her. :( This Friday it’s her turn. it’s the same process you did, but instead of molds you spread the chocolate out on parchment paper, sprinkle your favorite fixings, refrigerate (no kidding it takes FOREVER). break the chocolate in pieces and you have a treat. mmmmm treats.

    • rachelle says

      Oh, our brains are so often on the same wave! While we used the molds, the way you describe this is exactly how I would do it without molds. Thanks for adding that. Enjoy!

    • rachelle says

      Easter Cards! You are on top of things! I like those rock letters. Did you burnish them on?

  4. says

    Ohh these look disgustingly delicious. mmmmmm… I think I would have to make a double batch, there would be that much eating of the melted chocolate before it went into the moulds. I’m really looking forward to when J is old enough to start helping out in the kitchen. So much fun to be had :)

    Also, I have to say, you guys in the States are so lucky! You have all the coolest stuff over there. I think I would be really hard-pressed to find lollipop moulds here :( Oh well.

    • rachelle says

      Hi Kate :) I picked the mold up at Daiso. I think there’s one in London — any chance it’s near where you live? If you send me your addy, I’m pretty sure I have an extra one that I’m happy to mail you. And I don’t know if J would be up for simple kitchen things, but I got N into the thick of it at a pretty young age.

      (25 months) Washing dishes: http://tinkerlab.com/2010/07/cerebral-dishwashing/

      (26 months) Making pizza: http://tinkerlab.com/2010/08/creative-cooking/

      • says

        Ohhh I love daiso. I think I mentioned once that we use to live in japan. London hey??? Not quite near Queensland, Australia heehee :) but thank you any way for your very kind offer. There is one in Melbourne though and I think they have online shopping so I’ll go check it out :)

        • rachelle says

          oh my gosh!!! now i feel so silly! i should have known, as it’s becoming more and more clear that many of my favorite bloggers live in australia. i’m not sure why i assumed london, and hope you’ll forgive my american ignorance! sheesh! have fun with your daiso shopping. xo

    • rachelle says

      thanks for suggesting the link-up, rachel. i’ve been sick all week, and not entirely on my game :) hope you had a good weekend.