I have a house full of children so naturally when offered to try out something that involves chocolate quite frankly I would never live it down if I said no. So when What2Buy4Kids approached me and asked me if I would like to try their make your own chocolate house, well let’s just say Annabelle was reading over my shoulder and was more than a little excited!.
We opened the box to take a look inside and found the plastic chocolate moulds, a chefs hat, a colouring sheet, chocolate chips and the instructions.
We quickly realised that there was no way that this would be able to do with the 2 smaller ones around because they would just eat all of the chocolate and we would end up with a third of a house and bellyache!
Once they had gone to bed excitedly Annabelle asked if we could make it, unfortunately it took us a while to begin the house as there was always something coming up. If I wasn’t at the gym I was busy doing other things but eventually we got round to it. Annabelle put on her chefs hat and we set to work.
The first thing we had to do was to melt the chocolate. The instructions stated that we had to do this by placing them into a glass bowl and to microwave the chocolate chips for 40 seconds, then giving it a good stir before putting it back in for a further 40 seconds. However it was chocolate that they couldn’t wait to get stuck into so they didn’t read the instructions properly and only put it in for 40 seconds then wondered why it hadn’t melted properly. At this point I took over until I managed to get it nice and smooth ready for the next step.
Once we had finally got the chocolate melted and smooth it was time to move onto the moulds. The instructions stated to wait for it to cool before pouring the mixture into the moulds. We used the pictures on the box to make sure that we were doing the right things in the right colours. The was a lot of chocolate chips. Plenty for what needed to be done with them. It also asked that you tap the moulds on a work top to make sure that all of the mixture is spread evenly and that there were no air bubbles. Then we had to put them in the fridge to set.
The fact that it had to go into the fridge went down like a lead balloon for my lot but only because it was late and this meant that they wouldn’t be able to complete their house until after school on the following day. Patience isn’t their strongest point ( I have no idea at all where they could possibly get that trait from) Of course this minor frustration was soon resolved when they realised that meant that they would HAVE to like to spoons and bowls!
Harry decided to add a touch of colour to the base for the house before we packed everything away until the following day when it would be set.
The Third and Final Step
The last step was to assemble the house. Now I’m not going to lie, Gareth and I thought we were clever and we would try first and we did manage to get some of it together but found it a little tricky. One of the sides had crack whilst in the fridge ( I’m guessing that had something to do with a toddler who loves chocolate) but Harry managed to repair it with the chocolate that was left over to ‘glue’ the sides together.
We gave up on trying to be clever and put it together ourselves and then handed it over to the kids. Who in actual fact found it a heck of a lot easier to put together than we did! ( There’s a reason they’re the smart ones in our family!)
They had finally finished putting their masterpiece together and by some miracle I had a chance to take a picture seconds before they demolished it possibly 100 times faster than they made it!
Overall thoughts and feelings.
Despite it taking a little while for us to actually get round to making the house it was a great activity, not just for the children but for us too. We enjoyed making it a whole family experience from start to finish. The chocolate itself was very tasty and the instructions were simple and easy to follow.
I would say that you need to make sure you have plenty of time to make it because the instructions say it needs to go into the fridge for approx 20 minutes to set. As it was so late we had to wait to finish ours.
I definitely think that I will be adding this to our Christmas gift guide this year as something for a child around Annabelles age (8) and they have other kinds on the What2Buy4Kids website that I think would make fantastic activities in the lead up to Christmas such as make your own chocolate pizza!
Thank you for reading
** We were given the chocolate house making kit in exchange for an honest and open review. All thoughts and feelings in this review are completely my own.