This year we are on a pretty tight budget so instead of buying the kids a big Easter Egg and a few smaller ones (we like to do an Easter Egg hunt), I decided to make Easter Eggs with and for the kids. Last year was the first time we had ever made them and I felt a little more confident this year going into the activity.
We bought our chocolate melts – they were half price at Woolworths in this lead up to Easter, which makes them extremely good value. I personally prefer Nestle Melts, which is a brand that is easily accessible at Coles and Woolworths. I also prefer the flavour of the dark chocolate (in my older age my sweet tooth is not as sweet as it use to be). However, I thought using some white chocolate would add a different dimension visually.
We have melted chocolate many, many, many times (and in many different ways – double boiler on the stove and in a pot straight on the induction cook top). This time we did it in the microwave – 100g in a ceramic bowl, then 30 seconds in the microwave (ours is 1200 watts) and then a quick stir. The chocolate won’t be too melted but this will ensure it doesn’t burn too (and yes it can burn in the microwave) and then another 30 seconds in the microwave. Once the oven beeps, grab it out and give it another stir. It was hot enough for us to add in another 50g of unmelted melts and after stirring that melted too. Now the chocolate is ready to be used!
We have egg moulds. In the small ones we just use a teaspoon to spoon it out and a butter knife (or palette knife, if you have one) to make sure it is flat. If you have larger ones that you want to make hollow, I found that a brush works best, but you need two layers to make sure the egg shell is strong and not fragile. This year as these were going to be the eggs for the kids, we bought a few different things to see what everyone liked – we had sprinkles, MnMs, Smarties and Popping Candy, but really you can use whatever you like.
First I sprinkled the decoration or candy into the mould, spooned the chocolate in and then sprinkled a little more on the top. Then I put it in the freezer for 10 minutes as that is all the time you need for the chocolate to set. Our first batch was a sampler set – a little bit of each, so we could work out what we liked. My personal favourite was the popping candy, just because of the surprise it is in your mouth. It is like a party going on in there! And the ones with sprinkles are reminiscent of freckles (a favourite from my childhood).
This is a great very affordable activity and easily covers so much of the curriculum – English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, The Arts and even Humanities and Social Sciences. You could even modify the activity to include Languages and Health and Physical Education!
So have a go with your kids, and remember no mistake is too unforgivable and the great thing is you can always eat these mistakes! But most importantly remember to enjoy this activity and add to your memories with your kids as we remember the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.