Snacks & Treats
Make Your Own Easter Chocolate
BY LILLIAN STEWART, CLUB PARKA, PARKS CANADA
Mar 22, 2016
Hi! I’m Lillian Stewart from Fort Anne National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Parka loves coming here every spring to meet the Easter Bunny and the Town Crier—and to help children of all ages search the grounds of Fort Anne for hidden eggs and chocolates in our annual community Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt!
This eggsiting event lets kids explore a French fort that dates back to the 1690s. Can’t make it in person? Don’t worry—you and your little ones can make your own chocolate rabbits and eggs at home, then hold your own Eggstravaganza. Don’t forget to invite friends!
The great chocolate makers of the world use all kinds of interesting techniques to make their delicious chocolates. Today, I’m going to show you an easy way to create extraordinary Easter chocolates with your very own little chocolatiers!
Your children will have lots of fun creating their own chocolates and decorating them however they want, just like Easter eggs!
You Will Need :
- chocolate pastilles/buttons (dark, milk, white and/or coloured chocolate)
- silicone and/or plastic candy moulds
- brand new paint brushes or pastry paint brushes
1. Put the chocolate pastilles into microwave-safe bowls (one colour in each bowl). Keep some of each colour aside to use for decorating the chocolates later.
2. One colour at a time, melt the chocolate in the microwave for 10 to 20 second increments (this will depend on the amount of chocolate in each bowl and the power of your microwave). Stir regularly while melting.
3. Help your child carefully pour the melted chocolate into the moulds. Let imagination be your guide as you do this. You can use one colour per mould or mix-and-match chocolate in each mould. Watch out though! The chocolate cools rapidly.
4. Refrigerate for about two hours. If you are using silicone molds, it’s easier to transfer them from the counter to the fridge if you put a cutting board or cookie tray underneath them.
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5. Once the chocolates have hardened, pop them out of the moulds and lay on a plate, cutting board or parchment paper.
6. Melt the remaining chocolate pastilles in the microwave, one colour at a time. With a brand new paint brush or a pastry brush, decorate the chocolates.
When your chocolates are all done, you can use them to decorate your Easter table, wrap them up to give as gifts or eat them right away!
Fort Anne National Historic Site is not the only place in Parks Canada where chocolate is in the air: chocolate has played a role in Canadian history, not only because of its delicious taste. It was used as medicine by the early military and was part of the fur trade too. Visit Parks Canada’s website for more information about chocolate in Canada.
If you go to Cape Breton in the summer, learn how to make 18th-century chocolates the way they did in the old Fortress of Louisbourg! Visit their website to find dates for upcoming chocolate workshops.
Lillian Stewart is the National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager at Fort Anne National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal. She and her team welcome people to a 17th-century French earthen work fort found in the centre of town, which is also known for being Canada’s oldest national historic site.
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