In the increasingly concerning climate, more and more of you are staying home to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. And to those of you doing this with young kids - hats off to you!
Our new series 'Kids Crafts' is designed to hopefully help you out with some fun and easy activities you can do with children of all ages, and with things you'll already have lying around the house!
Today we're looking at Easter Eggs! Easter Sunday is rolling on it's way, wether the world has slowed down or not. It could be that you can't get out to buy an egg, you're not ready to pay the extortionate price of a Vegan Chocolate egg, or you just need something fun for the kids to do. But here's an easy and super inexpensive way to keep them occupied and create some beautiful homemade eggs that you can completely customise to your favourite flavour and dietary preference.
In the spirit of our Kid's Craft blogs; try to think about what you have in the house you can use for this, it doesn't have to be a chocolate bar. You can use melted down Mars Bars for a different flavour, for example. You can also use different moulds if you don't have egg ones ready. Shaped silicone ice cube moulds or silicone cake moulds could work. You could even make ball shapes by lining a cereal bowl with baking paper to help lift the set chocolate out. Alternatively, here are some cheap egg moulds you can have delivered to your door asap:
eBay - £2.88 for 6 Small
Amazon - £3.99 for 3 Large
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There are loads of ways you can make these, so get creative with it! We've got some ideas for you to spark that inspiration!
For this activity you will need:
Chocolate of your choice
Toppings/Fillings of your choice
1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring between each go. Once the chocolate is almost all melted but a little lumpy take it out and give it a good stir with a fork to help melt the last bits. This helps you not to burn the chocolate.
2. Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mould so it's about 1/3 full. Swirl the chocolate around the mould so it's completely covered. Allow the chocolate to go a little over the top of the egg shape. This will help you get the hardened chocolate out in one piece and act as 'glue' later.
3. Put the mould in the fridge or freezer. Check after 5-10 minutes that the chocolate isn't pooling in the bottom. If it is, you can swirl around a little again to make sure your egg is nice and thick.
4. Once completely cooled, remove from the fridge or freezer and carefully prize the half egg out of the mould. You'll need to repeat this so you have two halves. Place a baking tray lined with baking paper on the hob and turn on one ring to a medium heat, allowing the baking tray to heat a little.
5. Place the two halves on the warm tray for about 5 seconds until the chocolate is just about to melt, then stick the two together at the 'seams' and hold for a few seconds until the chocolate cools again. You can allow this to set in the fridge to make it really solid before decorating.
6. Decorate! You can use any of the techniques we tried below....
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White chocolate works best for this. Once the chocolate has melted, add a couple drops of food colouring and stir a tiny bit so the colour isn't completely combined and leaves swirls.
TIP: You can also do this with marbled chocolate, by melting two different coloured chocolates.
When I was a child, the branded sweets Easter Eggs used to come with the sweets inside, which I've not seen in a while. If you want to bring back the nostalgia, pop some sweets inside one of the set halves, then proceed to stick them together as normal. When you break open the egg the sweets will burst out.
Once your two halves are solid, set them on something to keep them vertically stable. Melt some more chocolate and use a spoon to blob a tiny bit at the top, allowing them to drip down. Chill again before sticking them together.
TIP: You can use white chocolate with food colouring to make multicoloured drips!
I love those fancy eggs like the Thornton's ones with bits all in the front. You can recreate this with by placing your desired toppings in the bottom of the mould before pouring any chocolate over. Chill for a few minutes so the toppings wont move when you swirl the chocolate around, then proceed to fill the rest of the chocolate.
You can also stick decoration on the outside of the egg. Blob a tiny bit of melted chocolate on the outside of your complete egg, then add any decoration you like! We used these sweet caramel centred bunnies that we sprayed with edible gold lacquer.
We hope you liked this post! If you try anything out from our Kids Crafts series be sure to snap a picture and tag us on Instagram @ThePaletteNewcastle!