Whenever someone says they aren’t a ‘chocolate person’, a red flag goes up in my mind. What kind of person says that? Maybe someone who was deprived as a child and doesn’t know ‘good chocolate’ or someone who used a lot of drugs and the chemicals in their body have altered their taste buds and perception.
Maybe I’m wrong. But chocolate is delicious.
A quick and fun homemade gift that you can make is chocolate spoons. These can be added into coffee or hot chocolate for an extra special twist. Or do the Oreo move and dip in your hot bevie, get it nice and melty, and eat it. I think chocolate spoons are great gifts for coworkers where you might have to give out a bunch but don’t want to spend a lot. You can try to give out a fake gift, but I recommend these instead.
You can use plastic spoons, which I wouldn’t do as you don’t want to be heating up plastic in foods or liquids. Don’t reuse water bottles either.
Anyway, you can buy inexpensive spoons at the dollar or grocery store. OR if you want to make even prettier spoons, go to a second hand shop and buy some nice, ornate spoons. Before I hear someone say “ew gross, used spoons”, shut up. You obviously wash them. And here is some food for thought, when you buy something ‘new’ at a store, how many people think touched it or tried it on since it was made half way across the world, and you don’t wash before you use it yourself! Yea, that’s what I thought.
So get some good chocolate: bars, chips, whatever. Just don’t get it from the dollar store. That stuff is full of filler, which is what makes it so cheap and gives you #3. There is a Lindt Outlet store locally and I always hit it up for sales. Stock up and have it on hand.
Pick whatever toppings you want for your chocolate spoons! Get some chopped nuts, shredded coconut, caramel, white chocolate shavings, sprinkles, whatever your thoughtful, generous, chocolate loving-heart desires.
½ cup+ chocolate
2-4 Tbs milk, cream
1 Tbs coconut oil
Before you start the chocolate, prepare the toppings. You need to add the toppings while the chocolate is still melty for it to stay on. So add your toppings into a small bowl or plate and get ready to dip your heart out!
Melt the chocolate over a double broiler (put one inch of water in small pot, set to boil and put a heat-proof bowl on top). Put the chocolate in the bowl. If it’s a bar, chop it up into smaller pieces and add in the milk/cream a tbs at a time as well as the coconut oil. Stir until it is all melted and smooth. Take it off the heat.
Dip in the spoons in the chocolate, shake off the excess, sprinkle on a topping, and lay them tip down onto some parchment paper. I used Skor bits and finely chopped peppermint kisses. I was able to prop mine up on the edge of a baking sheet with a dish towel holding down the handle. Move onto the next spoon.
Let the chocolate cool for at least a couple hours or put it into the fridge. Just be careful not to move them around or they will tip over and get all mashed up. You think Lindt sells mashed up chocolate spoons? No, so don’t stoop to that level. Attention to detail is key, that’s why you bought the second-hand Victorian spoons in the first place!
Once cooled, you can wrap them in some cello bags and tie with a ribbon. Don’t have cello bags? Well look online, go to the dollar store, craft store, party store, etc. Or just cut up some ziploc bags and use the corners. Tie it off with a ribbon. And if you want to be really fancy, maybe make a cute little gift tag and attach it to the ribbon.
I am fancy. Nailed it.