Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY Chocolate Bars

Remember that TEN pounds of broken Lindt milk chocolate I bought for a super great deal? Well, for Chloe's birthday I melted down a couple pounds of it and made homemade chocolate bars for the party favor!

Here is my lovely Tutorial:

(Yields 20 Chocolate bars)

At least one 2-1/8 inch by 5-3/8 inch Chocolate Bar Mold (I used THIS mold from Amazon)

♦ 2 pounds of Chocolate chips (or broken chocolate pieces...etc)
♦ Vegetable Shortening (you may or may not need this...)
♦ Aluminum Foil
♦ Five 12 x 12 sheets of scrapbook paper (design of your choice)
♦ Two sheets of card stock (color of your choice)
♦ Double sided tape (I used photo mounting squares)
♦ Single sided tape
♦ Die cutter or paper punch (optional, but oh so handy)

Step one:
Place 1/2 lb of chocolate in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir chocolate. Return to microwave for 30 seconds, and stir again.  If there are lumps that won't go away, keep returning the chocolate for 10 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. DON'T overheat the chocolate because it will seize. If the chocolate seems too thick, add a tablespoon of vegetable shortening to thin it out.

Step 2:
Pour melted chocolate into the center of each bar mold and spread evenly with spoon. If you have leftover chocolate in the bowl, save it for pouring into the next mold. Place the chocolate mold in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.

Step 3:
While you are waiting for the chocolate to harden, you can cut all of the foil and scrapbook paper wrappers. Cut the aluminum foil into twenty 8x8 squares. Cut the scrapbook paper into squares 5 1/8 x 6 ( You can get four per 12 x 12 sheet of paper).

Along the 5 1/8 edge of the scrapbook paper, mark 2 1/2 inches in the center of that edge as pictured below:

Fold the paper at each of those marked lines.

Do this for all of the scrapbook paper pieces. They are now prepared to be wrapped around the chocolate bar. Set aside.

Step 4:
Take Chocolate bar mold out of the fridge and gently bend the mold in different areas so that the chocolate bar comes out easily. Now place each of the bars face down on a square of aluminum foil. Fold the foil neatly around the chocolate bar.

Repeat Steps 1, 2 and 4 until all the chocolate is used up, and you have 20 chocolate bars wrapped in foil.

Step 5:
Using the tape, wrap the foiled chocolate bars in the scrapbook paper wrappers as shown below:

Step 6:
Print out your labels on the cardstock and cut them out (I used a paper punch like THIS that I found cheap at TJ Maxx). Using double sided tape, stick them to the tops of the chocolate bars.

TADA!! Complete...and oh so tasty!

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