Sprinkled Chocolate Party Spoons
Admit it: you are even just a little bit happier in the presence of sprinkles. Right? Me too. Add pink spoons, jelly beans and good chocolate to the mix, and that's my kind of party. What are they? Well, nothing more than a fanciful spoonful of delight that you eat straight from the spoon. They're perfect for birthday parties, party favours or Tuesday afternoons. Now, I didn't invent the chocolate party spoon, but wo-man, I sure wish I did. Honestly, why didn't I think of that? I spotted the idea for these spoonfuls of happiness a few months ago, when Melissa shared them after seeing them on a really neat blog called Delicious Delicious Delicious. Mr. P explains that he saw them a in a baking book in Toyko, and that he had to give it a try. Even if it gave it my all, I could never resist giving these a go--they are just way too easy, too yummy and too awesome. I'm going to be making a heap of these for an upcoming February dinner party we're attending, so I thought the girls and I could make a few yesterday, just to see how much time they take and to test them out.
These were one of the quickest but most rewarding treats I have ever made, rivaling even this sprinkled goodness, which I didn't think possible, and talk about yummy, sprinkle-induced joy. The girls and I made a bunch of these yesterday (Note: If you want to infuse some happiness into the lives of 2 and 4-year old girls, tell them on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon that you're pulling out every sprinkle and wee confection you own so that they can toss them onto warm, melted milk chocolate sitting in a delicious pool on a Barbie-pink spoon.) and brought them to dinner with a few close friends and their kids. Everybody wins!
So on a whim I snapped a few quick photos, and decided to share these little beauties with you (staying true to my spread-the-sprinkle-love gospel). There are really only 3 steps to happiness: melting your favourite chocolate (white, milk, dark, extra dark), spooning it into the plastic spoon of your choice (to keep it level, you can rest the spoon handles on a book or, if you're doing a bunch of them, you can even rest them on the rubber spatulas you've laid out on a cookie sheet), and tossing in your favourite sprinkles, jelly beans (I used Birthday Cake Jelly Beans, among others), dragees, or pretty much anything small enough to fit in the spoon. I say, sprinkle spoons for everyone!
I love the visual, of course, but I also love the texture. Every bite is different and no two party spoons are the same!
Sprinkled Chocolate Party Spoons
- 6 oz. 180 g quality chocolate (milk, dark, white--anything!), chopped
- sprinkles (jelly beans, confetti quins, small chocolate candies, or any other small confection)
You will Also Need:
- 24 coloured plastic spoons
- cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- some spatulas (or a book for resting party spoons while filling)
- Place your plastic spoons on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, resting the spoon handles on a rubber spatula or book, to level them out while filling.
- Temper your chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave (or in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove), by warming for 20 second intervals and stirring in between. When the chocolate is almost (80%) completely melted, remove from the microwave and keep stirring until the last few pieces are completely melted and the chocolate is smooth.
- Spoon melted chocolate into your plastic spoons, about 80% full (the sprinkles and candies will fill the rest)--any more than that, and they will likely overflow (trust me, it happened to me).
- Add your sprinkles, candies and more. Place cookie sheet in the freezer or refrigerator for about 20 minutes to set.
- If you choose to add any chocolate bits to the melted chocolate spoons, be sure to wait a few moments for the chocolate to cool in the spoon, so your chocolate additions don't melt.
- When adding jelly beans, wait a few moments for the chocolate to start to set, so they don't sink.
- I recommend using a good quality chocolate--nothing crazy expensive, but just something that tastes great.
- Use any colour spoon to tie into any party theme or idea.
- Get adventurous with the sprinkles and candy you add--anything goes!
- Spoon in the melted chocolate and then let kids do the rest. A perfect birthday party (or even rainy day) activity!
- Rosie Alyea