My daughter(11) got this Creative Chocolate Shop as a birthday present.
In the box you get:
- about 300 g of chocolate
- 3 plastic moulds with various shapes
- cardboard to make a display stand
- 20 white lollipop sticks
- 20 clear cellophane wrappers
- around 50 g of sprinkles for decoration
The instructions for putting the cardboard display stand together and for making the chocolate lollipops are printed on the back of the box. These are quite easy to follow, although it means you have to take everything out of the box to read them.
The cardboard display stand comes in two pieces, and it's a simple matter of folding tabs into slots. The stand has a colourful swirling design and holes to stand your lollies in. It looks quite attractive when assembled.
The chocolate comes in chocolate chip form for easy melting. It's not the best quality: a bit sugary and cheap-tasting, no depth of flavour or much cocoa content, I would have thought. It melts well, however. We melted some using a bowl over a pan of water, and some in the microwave. Obviously a child needs an adult's help with this part, dealing with hot things! The kit is aimed at children of six and up. Younger children would probably enjoy doing it too, but would need a bit more help.
There are three plastic moulds each with various hollows to create the lolly shapes and grooves to lie the lolly stick in. There are six on the first mould, including dogs, a rosebud, lips and a heart. The second also has six shapes: sun, moon, corncob, fish, rabbit and rose. The third has eight shapes from another heart & sun to a car.
The idea is that you place your lolly sticks in the moulds, then pour on the melted chocolate. You can also add the sprinkles provided, either by layering some in before pouring on the chocolate, then adding more to cover the whole lolly, or just sprinkling on the exposed side afterwards. We did a bit of both.
Once the chocolate has set, you lift out the lollies and are supposed to wrap them in the cellophane wrappers & display them on the stand before 'selling'/eating. Obviously on our first go, a few of the lollies didn't even make it to the wrapping stage, just going straight for the tummy!
We found the wrapping quite difficult. The instructions on the box were vague and the actual squares of cellophane for the wrappers seemed too small for some of the lollies. The small heart-shaped one wrapped easily, but the big dog one hadn't a hope of fitting. We gave up on that part after a few tries.
The lolly sticks are plastic, so can be washed and re-used like the moulds. This means when you run out of the chocolate provided, you can just buy any chocolate to do it again. The plastic the moulds are made of reminds me of the kind you get with toy packaging, so it wouldn't stand up to lots of maltreatment, but if stored safely should last a long time.
As it was a gift, I don't know how much was paid for this, but it's currently available online from Amazon at £14.99. You may be able to find it more cheaply. It made a nice present and it's the sort of thing I'd probably buy myself to give at a child's birthday party.
The Girl says "It was fun to do and easy to use."