I have a new calling at church! I teach the Sunbeams! They are the 3 year olds. I love them and I love this calling. 3 year olds have a very short attention span, so I get to be very creative planning activities and projects to enhance the lesson's main message. That means I carry a lot of supplies every Sunday to church. I quickly realized that I needed a bigger tote to keep myself organized, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money.
Pretty cute, but no pockets. After looking around the store at different ideas, my daughter-in-law suggested I add pockets to this tote. I remembered an idea I saw on a Martha Stewart site that showed how to use a canvas carpenter's apron to add pockets to a bucket. So, I found a 3 pack of aprons like this for under $10.00:
I had my 50% off coupon, so these were a super good buy. I took them over to the tote and they fit across the inside perfectly! Two of them would work just right, giving me lots of pockets and helping me be organized. That leaves me one apron left for a later project, I'll let you know.
So I pinned it in the bag under the zipper and stitched it across with my sewing machine. Even though I got it a little crooked, it barely shows on the outside at all.
Just cut the waist ties off.
Then, start to fill your bag with all the goodies you need to keep your Sunbeams happy!
(See the cute play-dough my daughter's-in-law mom gave me? It is awesome. Thanks Anita!) Get to work making your tote! Then share your cute pictures with us!
In the Cocoa Bomb tutorial I told you that one 12 oz. package of chocolate chips would make 16 bombs. That is a LIE! Well, it was an error anyway. One package of chocolate chips will make 8 bombs. Sorry! I hope you didn't already suffer from my error. I am going to go back and edit my mistake.
On a lighter note, I had a little chocolate left over the last time I made bombs, so I dipped a few pretzels. I love that salty sweet taste!
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The time has come! I am going to introduce the method we use to make our Hot Cocoa Bombs with all of their chocolaty goodness and hidden surprises! Believe me, it took a lot of trial and error to get them to come out the way we imagined them. Today, I am going to start you out with the basic Chocolate Marshmallow Bomb. After that, the flavors and decorating ideas are endless.
To begin, here are the tools and supplies I use:
Wilton Brownie Pop Molds (Easy to order through Amazon!) Here is the kind I am using, and here is a Halloween one! You can sometimes find Christmas ones as well!
One double boiler
One soup sized spoon
One rubber spatula
1 bag of chocolate chips per tray (I use whatever is on sale.)
Candy Melts and sprinkles to decorate
Begin by using a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips over hot water. That is the best way to melt the chocolate to a creamy consistency and to avoid burning it. (Don't let the water run out in the bottom, or you will burn it.) If you temper the chocolate correctly, it will make the chocolate shine when it cools.
* I want to note here that you may be tempted to try to melt flavored chips to make the shell of your bombs. My experience has been that the cinnamon, mint and other flavored chips do not harden as well to make a firm shell. If you want to use those flavors in your cocoa, you may use them inside the shell as I will show you in future tutorials.
So, melt the chips until they are smooth and silky chocolate!
After the Chocolate has melted nicely, use the soup spoon filled as pictured below to put chocolate into the cavity of the mold.
Next, I put them in the freezer to harden for at least 20 min. (Usually I get busy and forget to get them out to finish hours later, but either way works). Anyway, after they are hardened, take them out of the freezer. The next step is very important if you do not want to break most of your shells. After a lot of broken bombs and frustration, we discovered this method. Pop the shells out of the mold like this: FIRST-stretch the mold a little bit around the shells. SECOND-flip the mold over and push them out from the bottom onto a towel or waxed paper. THIRD-pop them back into the molds. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FILL THEM BEFORE POPPING THEM OUT THE FIRST TIME. THIS WILL ONLY FRUSTRATE YOUR LIFE!
Oops, this one has a little hole. That is okay, just patch it up with a quick dot of chocolate from the chocolate that is left over for the tops. If you aren't quick the hot chocolate will just melt the hole bigger, so it takes a quick touch and pop it back into the mold.
Now, it is time to fill them! One of the best things about these Hot Cocoa Bombs is that the marshmallows pop up from them when it is time to melt and drink your bomb! So, the first thing we do is pack them with 5 or 6 mini marshmallows. Then, we put about a tsp and a half of Nesquick in with the marshmallows. We have used the store brand of chocolate milk mix, but we have discovered that the Nestle brand, Nesquik, really does dissolve more smoothly.
Finally, we top them with a last layer of melted chocolate!
Back in the freezer they go for another 20 minutes or more. Then you pop them out and the decorating begins!
I kept these simple using a little white topping. The candy melts harden quickly on the frozen cocoa bombs.
Time to taste them! Make some nice, hot milk. I love real cocoa made in milk rather than the water kind. Don't you? Fill your mug about 3/4 full of the hot milk, drop in your Hot Cocoa Bomb, and stir! You will love it!
Up pops the mallows! Yum!
* Since we first came up with the Hot Cocoa Bomb Idea, we have developed many flavors and ideas as we have progressed! We have a Hot Cocoa Bomb Recipe and Idea book available for purchase here!
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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