With Thanksgiving just around the corner, all week I will be sharing tons of creative, simple and festive treat tutorials with you... But my candy bar name plates are a post I just couldn't wait to share, because I will be "bringing" these to the Food Network's Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner! Last week, Food Network invited food bloggers from around the country to participate in their virtual Communal Table for Thanksgiving dinner, and I was lucky enough to have a seat at their table. The virtual Thanksgiving will basically be a list of recipes for appetizers, sides, salads, breads, mains, desserts and cocktails, by well-known and respected food experts and bloggers... and my candy bar name plates will be there! Many of you saw my WIN on Food Network's Cupcake Wars series premiere, so to be featured on Food Network again is really exciting. I first introduced my original idea of DIY personalized candy bar engravings when I shared my Edible Chalkboard Cookies tutorial. I couldn't believe no one else has ever done this before... or at least blogged about it! It is so incredibly simple and you can use the idea for just about any holiday or party (which I plan to do throughout the year, so stay tuned!) These are a really fun project for kids to create their own customized drawing or inscription.
I can't wait to make a whole bunch of these in all different chocolate types, colored sugars, and sprinkle types, for every holiday gathering! In the mean time, here's my original "chocolate bar engraving" technique, used to make cute Thanksgiving name plates! Hope you like them.
Thanksgiving Chocolate Bar Name Plates
You will need
- 1 large (4.4oz) milk chocolate Hershey's candy bar
- Powdered (confectioners') sugar
- Orange gel food coloring/icing color
- Festive sprinkles
- Chocolate chips, melted
- Marshmallows, for standing name plate (optional)
Break you chocolate bar along the 3 vertical lines, creating 4 smaller bars (with 4 squares each). I got mine from the candy aisle of the grocery store. They have them in white and dark chocolate too!
For the inscription color you can use plain powdered sugar for a white engraving (like in my Edible Chalkboards), or tint the powdered sugar, like I did, for a festive touch with some gel food coloring/icing color. Try red, orange, yellow, or any Autumn color, to compliment the brown chocolate.
To tint powdered sugar, simply add a tiny bit of food coloring to a small bowl of powdered sugar and mix together, adding more coloring, until you have reached your desired shade. I used my fingers to coat the powdered sugar in the coloring (you might want to wear a glove so the food coloring doesn't stain your fingers). Once you have reached your desired color, sift the powdered sugar to remove any clumps, so it is back to its normal powdery consistency.
Applying medium pressure, use a toothpick to engrave a message/name/drawing. Brush away any excess chocolate shavings.
Sprinkle your engraved chocolate bars with your tinted (or plain) powdered sugar. Using your finger, gently spread the powdered sugar around, so it falls into the lines you have engraved with your toothpick. Brush away any excess powdered sugar.
Using a damp paper towel, wipe the surface of your chocolate bar to remove all excess powdered sugar, leaving your inscription to stand out. Make sure your paper towel is not too wet, so it only removes the powdered sugar on top of the chocolate and does not erase the powdered sugar that has filled the crevasse of your inscription.
Get creative and have fun! Try different fonts, messages, or even engrave a cute drawing.
Melt chocolate chips according to package, and use it as a "glue" to attach festive sprinkles around the border of your name plates.
You can use the name plates as they are, without a stand, and lay them on each dinner plate around your Thanksgiving table, or package them in clear plastic bags tied with ribbon for gift giving.
If you want your name plates to stand up, you will need half of a marshmallow (cut width wise) for the back of each name plate.
Using your melted chocolate, attach the cut side of the marshmallow to the bottom-center of your name plate.
I hope these are a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner this year! Can't wait to give them to my mom "Linda" and my brother "Brian"... in case you were wondering who these were made for :)
If you like my "chocolate bar engraving" technique, and want to share the idea, I encourage you to spread the word on your blog/site/facebook/etc., but please make sure you give credit with a link back to this post for the complete tutorial. Thanks so much! Can't wait to see all of your creations!
Give them a try, and be sure to share a picture on our Facebook page, or email a photo to MyCreation@dollhousebakeshoppe.com!
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