Thursday, December 22, 2011

DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Holiday Place Settings, Gift Tags & Stocking Stuffers

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My Do-It-Yourself hand engraved Holiday chocolate bars are a perfect, quick and simple last minute Holiday treat! After all of the buzz around my Thanksgiving chocolate bar name plate and chalkboards versions I knew I just had  to create a Holiday themed version. I decided to stick with the personalized place settings as well as use them for gift tags, personalized party treats, or a sweet holiday stocking stuffer. They are really great activity for kids to create their own illustrations or message to give to classmates, teachers, friends or family.



DIY Engraved Holiday Chocolate Bars

You will need
  • 1 giant (4.4oz) milk chocolate Hershey's candy bar
  • Toothpick
  • Powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • Red gel food coloring/icing color (or color of your choice) 
  • Festive sprinkles, crushed candy cane, etc.
  • Chocolate chips, melted
  • Marshmallows, for standing place settings (optional)

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. Use a sharp knife to straighten the edges if desired.


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, green, blue, or any holiday color.

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. A little powdered sugar goes a long way (about 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar per giant 4.4oz. bar). 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 chocolate bars.  I also used some crushed peppermint candy for a chocolate peppermint flavored bar!



Ta Da! Fun, easy and delicious.



If you want to make personalized edible name plates that stand up, you will need half of a marshmallow (cut width wise) for the back of each bar. Using your melted chocolate, attach the cut side of the marshmallow to the bottom-center of your name plate. Place around your Christmas dinner table or as a personalized holiday party gift.




You can also also package them up in clear plastic bags tied with ribbon and use them as stocking stuffers or a sweet holiday treat for your teacher, coach, classmates or friends.



Even make edible To/From gift tags!



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