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It’s springtime and this means that Easter is just around the corner. If you’re celebrating Easter with your children, one way to mark the occasion is with an Easter egg hunt!
While the oldest traditions involve using dyed or painted chicken eggs, these customs have given way to a more modern (and tastier) version using chocolate eggs, decorated or wrapped in colourful foil.
The problem is that the chocolate eggs you find in stores are often filled with lots of synthetic and unhealthy ingredients. Here’s a sampling of what you might find in one: Sugar, milk, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fats, non-fat milk, soy lecithin, natural flavouring, artificial flavouring, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colouring, calcium chloride and more.
Get set for a kitchen adventure
The good news is that making your own Easter eggs is actually easier than you think. And if you let your kids help, it can be a ton of fun for them too! Younger kids can measure ingredients and help decorate, while older kids can help fill moulds and melt chocolate.
The only specialty equipment you need is a chocolate egg mould – you might have to source online for ones that you like. The rest of the ingredients can be found in any major supermarket.
First, temper your chocolate by melting it in a microwave or a double boiler. If this part stresses you out, watch this video. The key technique is to get your chocolate hot (43 degrees Celsius) and not any hotter – stir constantly, remove it from the heat at once and keep stirring.
Then, spoon the melted chocolate into each mould – make sure you oil each mould first so the chocolate won’t stick. Spread the chocolate evenly, using a pastry brush, and let it cool in the fridge. Repeat for each mould, adding layers until you have built up a sturdy shell on each mould about four layers thick.
Once set, unmould your chocolate halves and “glue” them together by pressing the edges of one onto a hot cookie sheet that has been warming in a low oven, and then pressing it gently onto the edges of another half. Cool completely and prep your decorations.
Decorating Idea #1: Wrap in colourful foil
This is one of the simplest, and yet most creative, methods. Wrap each chocolate egg in foil, then decorate however you desire. You can paint the foil, or add stickers. Younger children might enjoy making art on the foil first, before wrapping their eggs.
Decorating Idea #2: Double down on the chocolate
For this, you’ll need confectioner’s coating chocolate, plus powdered food colouring. Melt the confectioner’s coating, then add powdered food colouring to get the desired shade. Drizzle onto the eggs, or paint on with a brush. Sprinkle on sanding sugar or sprinkles if desired. Let each coating harden and dry (in the fridge), before adding the next colour or layer.
Decorating Idea #3: Go for gold
Add some glitz and glamour to your eggs with some gold dust or glitter. Simply dip the top half of each egg in melted chocolate, then dust on edible glitter, gold leaf or other sparkly sprinkles. This method requires very little artistic skill, making it ideal for even the youngest and most impatient egg artistes.
Whichever method you choose, have an egg-citing Easter!
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