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Les Petits Chefs make chocolates for the holidays

Kids make chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Petits Chefs were in for a treat this week as I’d lined up the fabulous Kerry Beal (professional chocolatier, aka The Chocolate Doctor) to come and work with them. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep kids focussed during school hours in the month of December, apparently chocolate is the answer! A couple of pots of melted chocolate, an EZ Temper machine (which Kerry invented, how cool is that?) to ensure perfectly tempered chocolate (the shiny stuff that “snaps” just so) and a few squeeze bottles will ensure kids are focussed for an entire hour. In December. No mean feat. Oh, the promise of a box of chocolates at the end of the session doesn’t hurt either!

Kids making chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids piping chocolate into molds with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Piping white chocolate into molds with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids concentrating on making chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comKerry talked the boys through the process of tempering chocolate (it’s all science and I’ve never seen them listening so closely – or perhaps it was the large pot of melted chocolate in front of Kerry as she spoke?!) and showed them a few different techniques for filling molds to make both solid and hollow shapes. Then we put the tempered chocolate in the squeeze bottles and let them loose!

Kids making snowflake chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Christmas tree chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhite snowflake chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kerry had made a few samples of items before she came so she had examples of chocolates ready to remove from their molds (solid and hollow items that she showed the boys how to join together using a hairdryer, a flat metal tray and a little common sense – you lay the molded chocolate pieces on the warm tray until it starts melting a little the stick them together while they’re still warm around the edges – magic!) as well as molds that we would later fill with crunchy caramel pieces and cover in milk chocolate to make “crunchy frogs”.

Kids making chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Crunchy frog chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen there was a lot of leftover chocolate – what to do (apart from drink it which was the boys’ suggestion…)

Make bark!

White chocolate bark with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe were lucky it was a chilly day – we opened all the windows in the lab and laid the trays of chocolates on the windowsill. Best makeshift fridge ever!

And those frogs?

Milk chocolate crunchy frogs with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com(Kerry had sprayed the molds with a little coloured cocoa butter prior to coating them with chocolate to make this pretty effect – every time she comes, the frogs are the most popular item!

Ok so all that chocolate – how to make sure that everyone gets “the same amount” (always a big question in our sessions)?

Making sure everyone has the same amount of chocolates with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe placed the chocolates on a station and had the boys walk around and take one from each tray until there were no more (efficient, no arguing and some exercise to boot!).

I can’t imagine December is a quiet time for a chocolate maker – we’re so very grateful to Kerry for taking the time for this session (and all the pre-prep!). We also can’t thanks Cacao Barry enough for providing the chocolate for this session. Really good chocolate DOES make a difference in items like this and both boys and adults who tasted these noticed the difference immediately.

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2 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make chocolates for the holidays

  1. Stacey December 8, 2017 at 08:40 #

    The chocolates were delicious and beautiful too. What a fun treat! Thank you to all involved. As always we enjoy seeing the weekly photos too.

    • Mardi Michels December 9, 2017 at 13:41 #

      Stacey, thanks so much – I’m so glad the boys enjoy the sessions – so rewarding (and delicious) for me!

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