Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Fun to make and fun to eat, this idea is perfect for that cold, frosty winter day. Design your chocolate on a stick, swirl in boiling hot milk, then watch how it transforms into a luscious, fudgy hot cocoa – Irresistible!

This article appeared last year in Mishpacha Magazine- Family First. The feeback I received was outstanding. Some told me it was the perfect  treat for their freezing cold children after they spent lots of time playing in the snow, others used them as a party favor, while there were those who wrapped up a couple and sent them as a gift.

However you use them, they are sure to bring a warm cozy feeling to the cold winter days up ahead!

Yields: 12

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler, then pour chocolate into small plastic shot glasses.
  2. Decorate with toppings, then place dowel in the center of the chocolate. (Waiting until the chocolate begins to harden (approximately 5 minutes) will make it easier keep the dowel in place.)
  3. Freeze until solid, then remove from shot glasses. (You may have to crack the cup to remove the chocolate.)
  4. When ready to serve, place in boiling hot milk – Enjoy!

Tefillin Bag Party Favor

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Tefillin Bag Party Favor

Shortly before my sons Bar Mitzvah, my sister-in-law asked me to send her a picture of his Tefillin bag to make a party favor with. The “mini Tefillin bags” she created, were really adorable and quite a hit . Try this simple idea, and use it to enhance your simcha, to grace your sweet table or as memorable party favors.

Suppiles

Directions:

  1. Reduce picture of tefillin bag to 1 ½”x 1 ½ “ and copy as needed.
  2. Cut out the picture of the tefillin bags , place on top of the chocolate and then into the Ziploc bag.

As the bag is a little longer than the chocolate, fold under, and tape the bottom part of the bag.

(Tip: I found that when I put the chocolate in the bag from the top, the Ziploc got dirty from the chocolate.  Therefore I   prefer to slit the bottom of the Ziploc bag open and stick the chocolate in from the bottom. (Remember, this is not a problem as you are folding under the extra plastic of the bag, anyways.)

This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine.

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Hats off to your Bar Mitzvah Boy!!

For my nephews Bar Mitzvah, my sister made these adorable party favors. A mini replica of the typical hat box, with a chocolate hat inside, this box is certainly “out of the box”. They were piled up on a table for the guests to take as a souvenier upon leaving.The boxes can also be filled with cookies, candies….

You will need:

 

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Fun and Easy Uses for Wonder Melts

As mentioned on my January 13, post, I will be giving step by step instructions for some of the ideas I came up with using Gefen Dairy Free Wonder Melts for the Zichron Shlomo Refuah  Foodfest which took place this past Sunday in New York.(For those of you who read all the other Wonder Melt posts-sorry for the speech again!)

In today’s post I will be featuring chocolate covered pretzels, drizzled marshmallows, and mini cupcakes. Once again, these are some of my ideas, but go ahead and experiment on your own as well, the possibilities are endless, and it’s loads of fun and not difficult at all!

Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a chocolate melting pot.(I purchased melting pots to use at the show.It was such a pleasure using them.I intended to use them at the show only,but I decided to use them at home as well.I often end up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler,there is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate.With the melting pot,it can sit on the counter for hours keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.)

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Supplies:

  • pretzel rods (I use with salt)
  • 2 color Wonder Melts
  • 1″x12″ cellophane bag and ribbon(optional)
  • sprinkles,nuts..(optional)

Directions:

  1. Dip pretzels in melted Wonder Melt.Twirl or tap gently to remove excess melted Wonder Melts.Allow to dry on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  2. Place melted Wonder Melts(second color) in a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag(you do not need much).Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the pretzels(the way you would use a pastry bag). Allow to dry.
  3. Place each pretzel in a cellophane bag,tied with a ribbon.(optional)

Marshmallows

Place melted Wonder Melts in a freezer Ziploc bag (you do not need much).Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and drizzle the marshmallows (the way you would use a pastry bag).Allow to dry.

Simple enough?!?!

Mini Cupcakes

Supplies

  • mini cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • chocolate molds ( flower/bow design….)

Directions

1. Make chocolate mold decorations.

I found that making the tiny chocolate molds was very tedious work. To combat this, instead of filling each of the “cavities” individually, I put a couple of globs of chocolate on the mold and run a spatula across, like this:

When completed, place in the freezer, until chocolate hardens.

2. Remove from freezer and take chocolates out of the mold.

3. Dip the tops of the mini cupcakes into Wonder Melts

4. Apply chocolate mold design immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake Pops

As mentioned on my January 13th post, I will be giving step by step instructions for some of the ideas I came up with using Gefen Dairy Free Wonder Melts for the Zichron Shlomo Refuah  Foodfest which took place this past Sunday in New York.

In today’s post I will be featuring cake pops. There are so many variations of cake pops – what the cake ball is made out of and how it is coated and decorated. Here are some of my ideas, but go ahead and experiment on your own as well – it’s loads of fun and not difficult at all!

Supplies

For this project I used a Cake pop machine, and followed the recipe for Vanilla Cake Pops found in the instructions manual.

Vanilla Cake Pops

  • 11/2cupsall purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used soy milk)

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Alternately blend in flour mixture and milk into butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  4. Fill each cookie reservoir with about 1 Tbsp of batter.
  5. Bake 4-5 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cake pop comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool before coating.

Directions for dipping cake pops:

  1. Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a chocolate melting pot.(I purchased a Chocolate Melting Pot
    to use at the show.It was such a pleasure using them.I intended to use them at the show only,but I decided to use them at home as well.I often end up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler,there is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate.With the melting pot,it can sit on the counter for hours keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.)
  2. Dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the melted Wonder Melts, then stick into the cake ball (the chocolate acts as a glue).Allow to dry.

3. Insert the cake ball into the melted Wonder Melts. Twirl or tap gently to remove excess melted Wonder Melts. Place dipped cake pops on a parchment lined cookie sheet to dry. Alternately, you can place the  sticks in a piece of Styrofoam to dry.

Directions for decorating cake pops:

If you are using sprinkles, add them while the chocolate is still wet. It will harden quickly.

For fondant decoration:

  1. Roll out fondant.

2.  For the butterfly, cut out butterfly using a fondant butterfly shaped plunger. Lift the “wings” of the butterfly slightly and allow to harden in that position (a couple of minutes). Attach the butterfly to the cake pop with a drop of melted Wonder Melts.

 

For the flower, cut out flower using a fondant flower shaped plunger. To attatch, simply slide the flower down the stick of the cake pop.

 

Wrap in  & Clear Bags and Ribbon, if desired.

Store in a single layer,  in an airtight container.

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Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

As mentioned on my January 13th post, I will be giving step by step instructions for some of the ideas I came up with using Gefen “Wonder Melts” for the Zichron Shlomo Refuah  Foodfest which took place this past Sunday in New York.

In today’s post I will be featuring Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies.Originally, I wasn’t planning to post this simple idea, but when I saw how many people were quite surprised to see that this chocolate mold even existed, I decided to post this.  These cookies are pretty and unique enough to be included on your sweet table or even used as party favors. Additionally, they make a great idea for Mishloach Manos.

Supplies:

  •  cookie candy mold (the one that I used was purchased at Michaels).Molds are available in a variety of themes.
  • Gefen Wonder Melts*
  • Oreo cookies
  • double boiler,microwave or chocolate melting pot
  • flat metal spatula

*I made the apple green color by mixing 1 package of yellow with 20 green Wonder Melts pieces)

Directions:

  1. Begin by melting your chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or a melting pot.(I purchased melting pots to use at the show.It was such a pleasure using them.I intended to use them at the show only,but I decided to use them at home as well.I often end up burning the chocolate in the microwave and with a double boiler,there is always that chance of getting water in the chocolate.With the melting pot,it can sit on the counter for hours keeping the chocolate melted and ready to use.)
  2. If you would like to accent your mold with different colors,use a thin paint brush to “paint” in the colors.Allow to dry.

3.Fill about one third of the mold, with melted Wonder Melts.

4.Place Oreo cookie on top of melted Wonder Melts.

5.Fill remaining space of the mold with melted Wonder Melts.(I like to use a metal spatula to smooth out the chocolate).

6.Place mold in the freezer till firm. Remove from mold.

Hanukkah Donut Pops

Hanukkah Donut Pops

This is a Hanukkah variation of cake pops. Purchase unglazed donuts pre ordered from a local donut shop or you can make them on your own using a Mini Doughnut Maker
(I prefer to make them on my own, this way I avoid some of the excesses oil donuts are notorious for). Decorate them with the icings and toppings listed below, wrap them in a clear cellophane paper and ribbons, and  you can create a memorable Hanukkah party favor for everyone to enjoy.

Supplies

  • Mini donuts
  • Lolly-pop sticks
  • Cellophane bags
  • Ribbon

Recipe for Donuts (using a donut machine)

Yields: Approximately 24 mini donuts

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in the bowl of your mixer.
  2. Mix until combined.
  3. Preheat donut machine for about 5 minutes.
  4. Spray the cavities lightly with baking spray.
  5. Pour batter into each cavity-do not overfill.
  6. Close the machine and bake for about 3 minutes. Donuts should be golden color when ready.
  7. Repeat until batter is used up.

Donut Decorating Ideas:

  • Cookie dip (available in baking supply stores)
  •  Chocolate,candy melts
  •  Confectioners sugar

I prefer to use cookie dip or melted chocolate (as opposed to an icing). They are less likely to smear on the cellophane bag.

Toppings:

  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Confetti sprinkles
  • Colored sparkling sugar
  • Chocolate,caramel or nougat chips
  • Candy pearls
  • Chopped nuts
  • Toasted shredded coconut

After the donuts are ready,stick the lolly-pop sticks in.You may want to dip the end of the stick into chocolate first; this will help the stick stay in the donut and not fall out. Place each donut in a cellophane bag and tie it with a ribbon.

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