It’s the time of year when making homemade sweets and treats is the thing to do. I love baking goodies. I love eating goodies even more. Unfortunately baking isn’t always easy with little ones. My 18 month-old is all too happy to help, but her help isn’t always very… well… helpful. I’m all for having my kids get active in the kitchen. It’s a great time for us to bond and try new things. And it’s a time for my girls to get a little more comfortable with learning how to cook.
With this in mind, I’ve come up with a great way to get kids involved in creating holiday treats and hopefully even spreading holiday cheer. Best of all my idea means you can skip the oven and still walk away with a variety of treats. My girls and I got a head start on our holiday treat making this year, and we created some chocolate covered goodies.
Here is what we used:
- pretzel rods
- white chocolate chips
- bittersweet chocolate chips
- coconut oil (you can substitute vegetable oil)
In microwave safe bowls, mix white chocolate chips and oil. Use about 1/2 teaspoon oil for every 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Microwave the white chocolate mixture for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each 20 second interval until the chocolate is smooth. Repeat with the bittersweet chocolate. Set the chocolate aside for 2-3 minutes to cool. You want to make sure it’s a safe temperature for children to work with.
Once the chocolate is ready, let the children get to work dipping and drizzling chocolate, and sprinkling sprinkles. Be prepared to give toddlers direction and help, and also be prepared for them to sneak tastes of the goodies. Once the chocolate dries, wrap your homemade treats in cellophane and give them as gifts to neighbors, teachers, family and friends. Or, you can skip the wrapping and just enjoy the treats with your kids.
The possibilities for chocolate dipped treats are pretty endless – as is the possibility for fun! Try out different pretzel shapes, jumbo marshmallows, spoons for dipping in hot chocolate, graham crackers, or even animal crackers. Have fun “baking” with your kiddos without worrying about miss-measuring something crucial, someone getting burned, or burning cookies!
What treats do you make with your young children? What fun things would you let your toddler cover in chocolate?