Lindsay Ann Bakes: {VIDEO} DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Thanksgiving Place Cards

Saturday, November 7, 2015

{VIDEO} DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Thanksgiving Place Cards

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My original "chocolate bar engraving" technique is so much fun to make EDIBLE Thanksgiving name plates! 



Imagine how much your Thanksgiving guests will love sitting down to find their own personalized chocolate place card.



Chocolate Bar Thanksgiving Place Cards

Yield: 3 standing place cards

You will need
  • 1 XL (4.4oz) chocolate bar
  • Toothpick
  • Powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • Orange gel food coloring/icing color or cinnamon
  • Festive sprinkles or candy corns for boarder 

Directions

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 milk chocolate too!


Clean up the edges with a knife.


So with this you’re going to get 3 place cards and with the 4th piece, we’re going to break it up into the 4 sections and melt one piece to attach the remaining 3, to the back as a stand.


Applying medium pressure, use a toothpick to engrave a message/name/drawing. Brush away any excess chocolate shavings. Get creative and have fun! Try different fonts, messages, or even engrave a cute drawing.


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 
 cinnamon and powdered sugar.



Sprinkle your engraved chocolate bars with your 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.




Now, for the finishing touches, I made little Thanksgiving decorations for the place cards out of candy corns. 




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, break apart the 4th bar into sections. 3 sections will be the stands and one section will be the "glue", so melt it in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until it is  melted.



Use the melted chocolate to attach the pieces yo have left.


Let them dry completely.


Attach festive sprinkles or candy around the border of your name plates.



Ta Da!


I hope these are a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner this year! 



Here is another simple version I've made:


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.












You can also use a marshmallow to stand up the place cards.








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16 comments:

  1. Very cute!! I love this I idea!!! :)

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  2. I absolutely love this idea. I wish I were hosting Thanksgiving this year to make them for everyone, but maybe I'll give them a try at Christmastime. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. Those chocolate bar name plates are brilliant and SO pretty! Would be great for X-Mas too! A definite keeper, can't wait to try it!

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  4. Thanks so much! I appreciate the sweet comments! Let me know if you try them, I would love to see how they turn out!

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  5. Lindsay-I did watch you both times on Cupcake Wars. I/We are hosting Thanksgiving to PART of our family...a brother of mine and his wife...and a sister and her husband. I will be making a Pumpkin Meringue Pie and Coconut Cream Pie--as special request, but the Candy Bar Name Plate will be an added surprise!! The usual meal will grace out table. Happy Turkey Day to you and yours. I will send photos later.

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  6. Queen Bee, Pumpkin meringue pie sounds incredible. What a delicious alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie! I am so happy to be able to inspire an added surprise to your Thanksgiving table with my candy bar name plates :) I can't wait to see the photos! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  7. What a wonderful idea. Now they won't fight for their sits anymore, lol. What's even better is that you can eat these cute little name tags. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. What an awesome idea!! I am going to make these for all my dinner parties!!

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  9. Thanks! Yes, I love that they can be totally customizable to match any theme or occasion. I can't wait to make more of them! Be sure to send over a photo of your dinner party name plates, I would love to see them!

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  10. Thanks! Yes, I love that they can be totally customizable to match any theme or occasion. I can't wait to make more of them! Be sure to send over a photo of your dinner party name plates, I would love to see them!

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  11. Thanks! Yes, I love that they can be totally customizable to match any theme or occasion. I can't wait to make more of them! Be sure to send over a photo of your dinner party name plates, I would love to see them!

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  12. I made these with my 8 year old daughter for Thanksgiving dinner. We made 14 of them - it was super easy and lots of fun! It was a huge temptation for all the cousins to wait until they had finished eating dinner before they devoured their place cards!

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  13. Wow, 14?! I'm sure your table looked so festive! I'm so glad you enjoyed making them, I would love to see how they turned out! Feel free to post a photo on our facebook wall or email us a picture, so we can add it to our fan photo album!

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  14. I seriously love this! Did a trial one this afternoon that turned out fabulous. Thanks again!

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  15. So glad the trial turned out well! Can't wait to see the final product! Be sure to email over a photo so I can feature you on our site!

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  16. wow.. Its awesome.. Great idea
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