You will need:
- a large porcelain or glazed pottery bowl
- a small metal bowl
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips/morsels (12 oz. Bag)
- solid vegetable shortening
- 8-10 closed cookie cutters (2-3 inches in diameter)
- aluminum foil
- small pieces of fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, or other food for dipping (optional)
- Place chocolate chips into the small bowl with 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening. Have an adult fill the large bowl with hot tap water (not boiling water). The adult should set the smaller bowl of chocolate into the hot water, stirring until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
- Be careful not to get near the water while it is hot. Be sure no water gets into the chocolate.
- While the chocolate is melting, you may make molds by lining the cookie cutters with foil.
- After the chocolate is melted, the adult can pour it into the cookie cutters, filling them half full. (A soup ladle helps in the pouring process.)
- Set the molded chocolate aside to cool. When it is cool, peel the aluminum foil away. You may want to save part of the melted chocolate for dipping small pieces of fruit or other food.
Note to adult: When you are doing the above project, be sure to keep the tap water away from the children until it has cooled to lukewarm. Make sure all the foil is peeled away from the molded chocolate before it is eaten.