Being huge chocolate lovers we so pleased to be asked to review some Chocolate Picture Maker kits from Zimpli Kids. Zimpli kids is a company that manufactures, markets and supplies unique and innovative children’s toy products such as the hugely popular Gelli Baff and Slime Blaster.
The chocolate picture maker kits allows anyone to create their own personalised 100% Belgian chocolate bar so we were really looking forward to receiving our kits and making up our bars.
We received three kits to try out, 2 Symbol kits and a Sealife kit.
What’s in the box?
The kits come packaged in a colourful boxes each displaying clear nutritional data and a list of ingredients.
There is a handy instruction booklet, giving step by step instructions.
A foil bag containing 50g Milk Chocolate drops. The 100% Belgian chocolate that comes inside the kits is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
A foil bag containing 10g Dark Chocolate drops
A foil bag containing 20g White chocolate drops.
A selection of stencils
Clear plastic activity tray
The only thing we needed to supply was a large bowl of water to melt the chocolate and some scissors
Creating our chocolate masterpieces
Step 1. We filled a large mixing bowl with warm tap water. It didn’t need to be boiling water to melt the chocolate which made it safe for my young children to use their fingers to massage any undissolved lumps.
Step 2. while we were waiting for the chocolate to melt my children chose the stencils for their own bar. I wasn’t surprised at all when both boys chose the cat stencil and my daughter a seal stencil as these are their favourite animals.
(There are other stencils available to download on the chocolate picture maker website)
We used a little tape to secure the stencil to the underside of the plastic tray, this made it easier to move the activity tray around whilst outlining.
Step 3. Once the chocolate had been melted, we took out the dark chocolate sachets and snipped a small hole in the corner. We gently squeezed any air out of the sachet and then piped the dark chocolate into the activity tray carefully following the outlines of the stencils. This was a little fiddly especially for my boys but they were determined they could do it, and any major mistakes were quickly wiped away with a finger.
Step 4. Once the outline was complete and because there was no need to wait for the dark chocolate to set, we were then ready to move on to using the white chocolate. The white chocolate was used to fill in the rest of the stencil/picture area
Step 5. Next it was time to add the milk chocolate to the tray and fill in the gaps. This was by far the easiest and the most fun step, I am pretty sure a fair amount of chocolate was consumed at this point too.
Step 6. We then put the trays into the fridge left them to set for around 20-30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes the bars had set so we took them out to admire our masterpieces.
We had so much fun creating our chocolate bars and my children sure did enjoy eating them. The chocolate was sweet and smooth and not bitter at all. We have never made our own personalised chocolate bars before and it really was good and relatively clean fun. These kits would make the perfect gift for any chocolate lover.
Chocolate Picture Maker kits are only available from Amazon. Further information on the kits can be found at http://www.chocolatepicturemaker.co.uk/
Disclosure: We received the product in order to write an honest review