Have you been to one to many cookie decorating parties lately? Here’s a twist on an old idea; host a chocolate making party with your friends and family instead.
Four generations of women in my family recently got together for an afternoon of chocolate making. It was a great event.
The guidelines for our chocolate making party were simple: bring what you need to make what you want. The result: Loads of extra supplies to create amazing and unexpected taste treats.
I started out with Dark Chocolate, Lavender and Blueberries. This chocolate combo reminds me of spring gardens and tea parties. These treats will be a fun teacher or hostess gift.
My next planned recipe was White Chocolate with crushed Candy Canes layered on top of Dark Chocolate. These bars will accessorize our “cash” gifts. Cash is king with teens, but I still love to give the gift a personal touch.
I ended up with this dark chocolate bark cobbled together from left over ingredients. I puddled chocolate on wax paper. Then, sprinkled dried cherries, crushed pistachios, cayenne and sea salt on top of the chocolate.
I love the look of the imperfections in the cracked chocolate pieces. This chocolate is very thin and loaded with flavor. I’ll pass these out to our neighbors while we all shovel out the driveways in the early morning frost.
Here are a few notes to consider when hosting a chocolate making party.
1) Provide snacks! All the sweet smells and taste testing can give you an unpleasant sugar rush. We spent an afternoon on our feet. You need some fuel for that sort of endurance. Light refreshments like crackers and tuna salad, cheese or chips and salsa counter the sweetness nicely.
2) Ask your guests to bring their ingredients prepped and ready to go. IE: Chop the nuts, zest the lemons. Having everything ready to go allows you more time to create and enjoy each-others company.
3) Clear your schedule. Chocolate making takes a bit of time. We met at lunch time and worked through to dinner.
4) Less is more. Go easy on the toppings, especially when it comes to lavender. You don’t want to chew on hay or have your chocolate taste like soap.
5) Sprinkle you ingredients on top of the chocolate instead of mixing the additions into the chocolate. The flavor won’t change but you will have a more attractive chocolate to gift or serve.
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