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Lifestyle

For Valentine’s Day, kids can make their own colorful chocolates

Ice-cube-tray chocolates are an easy, creative alternative to store-bought Valentine's Day treats.
Ice-cube-tray chocolates are an easy, creative alternative to store-bought Valentine's Day treats.

Rather than snatching chocolates off a shelf for Valentine’s Day, help kids make loved ones a more heartfelt version by molding their own.

The ingredients can be found in your grocery store’s baking section, while the equipment – such as an ice cube tray – is probably already in your kitchen waiting to reveal its chocolate-making potential.

Getting started

Adult’s help: A little

Hands-on time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hours

Makes: 16 chocolate pieces

Kitchen gear: Measuring cups, 3 teaspoons, 3 microwave-safe bowls, spatula, table knife, cutting board, 16-cube ice cube tray (BPA-free)

Ingredients

1 cups white chocolate chips

cup milk chocolate chips

cup dark chocolate chips

Red food coloring

STEP 1. Microwave 1 cups of white chocolate chips in a bowl for 45 seconds. Stir the chocolate until the chips melt. Heat more if needed, 15 seconds at a time.

STEP 2. Spoon white chocolate into 4 cube spaces, filling about one-third of each space. Squeeze 2 drops of red food coloring into the bowl with remaining melted chocolate, mixing to make light pink. (Work quickly, before chocolate hardens.) Spoon pink chocolate into 4 empty cubes. Stir in 2 more drops of coloring to darken the remaining pink mixture. Fill 4 more slots. Mix in 2 more drops and pour into the last 4 slots. If you have extra melted chocolate, scrape it from the bowl with a spatula and spread it over lighter colors. Cool 5 minutes.

STEP 3. Microwave cup of milk chocolate chips in another bowl for 45 seconds. Stir with a clean spoon to melt, then scoop into eight cubes (over white and light-pink chocolate), filling completely and leveling smooth with spoon. Don’t overfill, or the chocolates won’t sit flat.

STEP 4. Repeat this process with cup of dark chocolate chips to fill the remaining spots.

STEP 5. Place tray flat in the freezer for 1 hour.

STEP 6. Remove the tray and grip over a cutting board. Twist back and forth, then flip over so chocolates slip out. Repeat as needed. If a piece won’t budge, gently slide the table knife along one side to loosen.

STEP 7. Present your chocolates on a plate, or store at room temperature in a box that you have decorated. Want an even cuter look? Buy flower – or heart-shaped molds in crafts stores or online.

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