Easter is fast approaching and, I have to say this – even if it makes me sound like a stuffy mummy: don’t you think that kid’s just get way too much chocolate for Easter these days?
My boy is 4 years old and in the past he has ended up with 4 or 5 Easter eggs. It’s lovely that family and friends want to treat him and I do really appreciate the gesture, but, in my opinion, that’s just too much chocolate for one little boy.
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Every year, for the past 4 years, we have ended up using ‘left over’ (ie. Untouched!) chocolate eggs in various bakes. Our favourite has been this chocolate fork biscuit recipe from Annabel, authour of The Tickled Finger’s Toddler Cookbook.
This year, the lovely team over at Choc Chick have come to my rescue. Of course I want my boy to have a great Easter, but the thought of the chocolate sugar high makes me break out into the mum sweats. But also, all these extra chocolate treats has made me think about the children (and adults) who have dietary requirements. I wonder how it must feel to find out that all your friend’s received baskets full of various chocolate eggs when you probably didn’t.
As with everything in the Choc Chicks range, the Choc Chicos Kit For Kids is free from diary, sugar, and gluten and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. That means it’s the perfect little treat this Easter, whether you’re looking for something fun to do with the kid’s so they don’t miss out or whether, like me, you just can’t face another hyper Sunday.
The Choc Chicos Kit For Kids
The Choc Chicos Kit For Kids comes with everything you need to make some yummy raw chocolates. I know what you might be thinking: how on Earth am I going to get my kid to eat raw chocolate? Well, I was a little sceptical at first too, but my 4 year old boy ate up the whole lot and didn’t even notice the difference. The key is to ensure you use a natural sweetener. Yes, if you’re someone who has trained their body not to be addicted to sugar, you may not want to add the fruit syrup sweetener. However, for kids (and myself!), I 100% recommend it.
What’s In The Kit?
The raw chocolate kit comes in a colourful box and contains everything you need to get started. You’ll find organic cacao (cocoa) ingredients, fruit syrup sweetener, mini cupcake cases, some magical cocoa beans and an easy to follow instruction leaflet.
How Hard Is It To Make The Raw Chocolates?
This kit is designed for children, however I would suggest adult supervision and, on the odd occasion, some help. Luke is 4 and I would say this kit is better suited to older children as there are hot pans involved. There is no cutting or slicing to be done, however those magic cacao beans must be melted over a bain-marie (a bowl in hot water), ingredients then whisked together (still on the heat) and then finally spooned into the mini cupcake cases.
Ultimately, you know your child better than anyone else, but I would say this kit would be great for children ages around 7 or 8, or any budding chefs who are confident using the stove top.
How Do They Taste?
Once you’ve spooned the raw chocolate mixture into the cupcake cases, you need to freeze them for around 20 minutes so that they set solid. Now it’s time for the tasting!
As I mentioned earlier, I was curious to find out how these cacao chocolates actually tasted. Having made them, I was keen for them to taste great! After following the step by step instructions that are included in the box, I was so pleased to discover that these raw cacao chocolates actually taste blooming amazing.
I added the recommended measurement of fruit syrup nectar, as per the recipe, and you would not be able to tell the difference between these chocolates and any other good quality chocolates you would find on the supermarket shelves. They are still a little bitter – the taste is exactly like dark chocolate, but nothing that is too much for anyone’s sweet tooth.
It’s all jolly good me telling you what I think of the chocolates, but this is a fun kit for children and therefore, the finished product should be child approved!
Thankfully, Luke loves these chocolates and enjoys having them as a little ‘after dinner’ treat. He doesn’t know that they’re not ‘proper’ chocolate and says that they taste super yummy. He loves the fact that they’re made in little cupcake cases too – it means that he is able to easily grab one and unwrap it in a hurry, without fumbling with any packaging.
Due to the quality ingredients and no nasties, these choccies are not pumped full of preservatives. Therefore, as suggested by Choc Chick, I’ve kept these raw chocolates in a sandwich bag in the freezer.
If you’re keen to get the kids involved in the kitchen with you more often, I have a collection of recipes that are absolutely perfect for budding chefs to have a go at. Why not try making some easy shortbread biscuits, banana cake, frozen yoghurt drops, some spring inspired biscuits or blackberry and apple crumble?