We’re into the preschool Easter holidays now, so my plan was to save this homemade chocolate Easter egg making task for rainy day entertainment – when I struggle most to find fun and engaging things to keep Arlo busy.
But when Sam saw the contents of the box, he declared that he wanted to be involved too. So, it became a family activity, which was just as well in the end as the process is quite delicate and it was useful to have someone else on hand to juggle egg-making with Rory’s needs.
The goodies were all supplied by Waitrose, who have loads of inspiration on their Easter for children page. It’s obviously been a long while since I had a good peruse down the baking aisle (I tried to make this sound less like a euphemism. I failed.) because there are all sorts of exciting items that I didn’t even know you could buy - We did this in the midst of packing for our holiday, so we just made Arlo’s egg. But had we more time, Sam was eyeing up a butterscotch number, whilst I was intrigued to try out a dark chocolate and rose petal infusion.
No smiles in these photos – chocolate is serious business to Arlo. It was actually a pretty good exercise in patience for this chocolate-fiend. The moulds need a few layers of chocolate, and in between that you have to wait for it to set (we stuck ours in the freezer for around 5 minutes each time).
The first layer of chocolate going into the mould
Nope. You can’t eat it yet.
Arlo chose to hide secret milkybar buttons inside his egg
Dada gave someone a chocolate-covered spoon. (Classic case of second child syndrome – the first bit of chocolate Arlo tried was the tiniest sliver of low-sugar chocolate cake on his first birthday. And then nothing until he was almost two)
Nope. You can’t eat it yet. I need to take a photo.
Once his egg was ready and decorated, Arlo wasted no time tucking in. You can see a video of the grand egg-breaking moment on my Instagram.
If you are going to have a crack at making chocolate eggs at home, my ‘top tip’ would be to make sure you layer the chocolate lots towards the edges so they are thick enough for a good join – we neglected this bit on our first attempt. If you have several children who all want to make eggs at once, buy more than one mould so that you don’t have to make your eggs one by one. And be prepared for the constant “Is it ready yet?” line of inquiry ; )
We really enjoyed our chocolate egg-making experience. For various reasons, we don’t often do cooking or baking with Arlo, so it was great to try something a bit different with him. And homemade eggs are definitely a much more personal gift than the aisles upon aisles of generic chocolate eggs at the supermarket. Although those are good too. If anyone wants to buy me chocolate, I’m not fussed. Any chocolate. Chocolate…. (Can you tell where Arlo gets it from?)
Here is a step by step guide from Waitrose to help you make the perfect homemade Easter eggs:
250g of good quality dark or milk chocolate – remember to save a little extra for decorating
What you’ll need
2 chocolate egg moulds
Flat pastry brush or small paintbrush
Heat proof bowl
Step 1 - Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water in a pan.
Step 2 - Paint a thin layer of chocolate inside the egg moulds, making sure it meets the edges of the mould. Depending on the size of the moulds you may need more chocolate, have plenty on standby!
Step 3 - Chill for 5 minutes or until the chocolate is firm.
Step 4 - Spread another even layer of chocolate over the first layer and let cool for another 5 minutes or until firm.
Step 5 - Gently ease the mould away from the chocolate. Join the chocolate halves together with a little melted chocolate, using a flat pastry brush or small paint brush – That’s it! Well done, you have made your very own Easter egg!
Melt a little extra chocolate and use this to stick on chocolate buttons and small light sweets that won’t fall off like marshmallows or sugar-coated jellies
Using icing piping to draw on simple Easter shapes such as chicks, rabbits and lambs to give your egg a fun farm theme
Personalise your egg by writing the recipient’s name in icing piping and use decorative sweets that represent their personality
Why not turn you egg into a person or an animal? For example use sweets and chocolates for eyes and fur. For an Easter afternoon activity, make an egg that resembles a family member
Dip your finished egg in melted chocolate and roll in hundreds and thousands or popping candy for a textured knobbly effect
Why not try white chocolate to make your Easter egg
Before sealing the two halves, hide an Easter treat inside? Maybe some small sweets, a surprise Easter toy or just a note to say Happy Easter!
For a more indulgent egg why not add to the melted chocolate when you’re still preparing the egg, try butterscotch chunks or honeycomb pieces for a real treat!
Our ingredients were provided by Waitrose for the purpose of this blog post.