Lindsay Ann Bakes: DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Thanksgiving Name Plates

Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Thanksgiving Name Plates

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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
  • Toothpick
  • 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 :)

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

  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! :)

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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!

  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!

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

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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!

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

  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!

  16. wow.. Its awesome.. Great idea
    have a look of delicious gifts for thanksgiving.