Another fantastic Great British Bake Off (GBBO) episode last night! 3 more weeks to go! I'm going to miss seeing Mary in the show next year, it just wouldn't be the same without the original team.
The floral and citrus theme they used last night has inspired me to do something with the same for my next GBBO post, so keep your eyes peeled! For this week however, we played with chocolate instead as we were really intrigued by Vivid Group's Real Baking Chocolate Pen! I might need to get another one because the kids didn't want to take turn!
The Real Baking Chocolate Pen (RRP £19.99, suitable for age 6 years +) comes with:
Chocolate Pen (2 AAA batteries not required)
4 sets of Pen Tips, Clamps and Pen Caps
3 Mould Trays
12 Empty Chocolate Pouches
The mould trays come with 50 chocolate designs, including animals, trendy items (such as game controller and camera icon), food, as well as themed ones for Christmas, Halloween and Easter! They all have adorable faces too!
|Right: Completely sealed pouches to make melting chocolate safe|
The chocolate pen itself is fairly easy to use.
First, prep the chocolate pouches (maximum 4 at a time) by filling them with chocolate (chocolate drops are recommended, but each pouch can fit about 6 to 7 chocolate squares as well if you prefer), then slip the pen tip inside the mouth of the pouch and use the clamp to hold the tip in place (kids might need some help with the clamp as it's really tight to make it completely sealed). Make sure you seal the pen tip with the pin caps so that water won't go in the hole when you soak them.
Note: if you want to colour white chocolate, make sure you use gel colouring, not liquid base colouring, as chocolate hates water and will turn gritty. You can also buy Candy Melts, but we prefer real chocolate (the Divine Dark Chocolate is lush!)
Then place the sealed chocolate pouches in a bowl of hot tap water (around 50 degree Celsius) to melt the chocolate. My green chocolate went under water but the clamp and cap has kept the tip completely sealed, so we didn't have to worry about gritty chocolate.
Once melted, push the chocolate to the top and roll the bottom of the pouch up (full instructions can be found in the guide).
All that's left to do is to place the pouch inside the pen, and you are ready to go! The pen will keep the chocolate at the top, so you'll have a good flow of chocolate for your designs without needing to squeeze the pouches for the last few drops of chocolate yourself. It also makes writing in chocolate and adding colour and details to your designs much easier.
|Right: Use pen caps to spread the chocolate out|
|The kids having fun, but they didn't like to take turn!|
Here are some of our favourite designs! Clay's favourite colour is black (dark brown here) and he loved filling the designs with pure dark chocolate!
Abby loved her Matcha Frappuccino when we were in Hong Kong, and we happened to have green chocolate too, so she made a delicious looking Matcha Frappuccino!
Using coloured chocolate certainly makes making chocolate more fun! The only thing we wished to have is more pen caps, so that we can play with more coloured chocolate at the same time! Hopefully there are refill packs available!
Overall we had lots of fun playing with chocolate, and it's mess free too. It's also safe for children to use because melted chocolate can be quite hot to touch, and with the pen, it protects little hands from getting burned. The pen also makes adding details much easier.
I used to make my own chocolate piping bags from parchment paper, but it's hot to touch and the chocolate leaks everywhere (I'm terrible at it!), and the chocolate pen just solved both my chocolate drawing problems!
We love the really cute chocolate mould designs as well, and with Halloween and Christmas approaching, the seasonal designs will certainly come in handy!
Hmm, I might just use some of the chocolate decorations in my next GBBO post!