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how to make smores

How to Make r2d2 S’mores

How to Make r2d2 S’mores




 

 

When my friend, Nathan Barrett, organizer of the Dallas Choose Yourself group created a Choose Yourself Idea Machine Dinner Party . . . I was stoked!   Since he knew I had this thing for chocolate, he asked if I would create a parting gift/chocolate favor that guests could depart with for the night.

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 I LOVE coming up with new ideas and twists and tweaks in everything in my life.

But in coming up with ideas for this treat, it was going to have some parameters:

  1. It had to be easily packaged,
  2. Somewhat melt proof (it is July in Texas)
  3. Somewhat easy as I am juggling about 7 new and old projects
  4. Summery
  5. Thoughtful & creative.

S’mores came to mind after I went through some cupcake ideas, Texas Sheet Cake, candy bars . . . nope, it had to be S’mores.  S’mores were trending everywhere right now to do the 4th of July and overall summery-ness (is that a word?) of this treat.

As far as melting, ideally, no, I  did NOT want this to melt on my way over to the dinner party but if it did just a little bit, it wouldn’t ruin the treat.  Melting enhanced this treat and the marshmallow could help absorb the yummy chocolate.  With the Star Wars chocolate mold, I could easily make these and while they set into shape, I could work on my other projects.  Done and done.  After I have my idea, I implement right away . . . then I can find out if it works.  If not, no worries, on to my next idea.

I liked the idea of Star Wars; I grew up with Star Wars in the 80′s and adored r2d2 and C3PO’s cute relationship and the way they went back and forth could be similar to James & Claudia in their Ask Altucher podcast.  Oh, let me back up here, James Altucher wrote a pretty awesome book, Choose Yourself, and then these Choose Yourself groups popped up around the world.  Let me know if you are looking for one and I would be happy to help you find a tribe in your town.

Back to Star Wars, r2d2 wasn’t like the other robots, he was able to avoid all memory wipes that other droids were experiencing.  He developed his own personality.  A bit stubborn, a bit eccentric.  He struck out on his own when he was able to escape and chose to seek out the Jedi master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Obi was a noble man and mentor to Luke Skywalker.  r2d2 reminds me of the Choose Yourselfers, people who have woken up and although programmed through schools, college, parenting, culture . . . that is our foundation and sometimes our reason why we must move onward.  We are striking out finding others like us and finding mentors through podcasts, books and people who come into our lives.

Choose Yourselfers = r2d2

July in Texas = Summer

Summer = Campfires + Smores

Therefore, r2d2 S’mores.

(yes, I do wish my keyboard had that “therefore” symbol right now)

 

 

 

Let me show you how I made it:

marshmallows for smores

I purchased the jumbo marshmallows (you could also use the marshmallow fluff)

 

how to make smores

I split the long rectangle graham cracker into a square (just split along the perforated edge)

how to make smores

chocolate box

I used dark chocolate as an attempt to reduce the sugar.  I placed 1 cup of chips in a saucepan and turned the burner to low.  Using a wooden spoon, I continuously stirred the chocolate until it was completely smooth and creamy.

how to make smores

Next, I poured the chocolate into the mold and placed in the freezer for about 10 minutes for it to set.  Then I placed a marshmallow on the graham cracker, zapped in the microwave for 7 seconds, and placed r2d2 on top.

This is a very kid-friendly recipe with lots of teachable Geometry moments, math, measurement and discussions about striking out on your own; choosing yourself and not letting the authentic you get “baked out” as Seth Godin talks about in Linchpin.

how to make smores

I cannot wait to give these out tonight!

Would you put r2d2 on your s’mores OR do you have another favorite character you would put on the top?

P.S.  If you want another fun summertime recipe, check out this adorable Campfire Cake  (one of my most POPULAR videos, even my own mother liked this one)




P.P.S  I made these BBQ grill cupcakes for Father’s Day, cuteness! 
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dallas birthday parties

Willy Wonka Birthday Parties and Workshops for Children

Love Chocolate? Do your kids love chocolate?

Need help to become a Superhero Mom or Dad?

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Is your child a Willy Wonka wannabe? Do they want chocolate and candy all day, every day?

If so, our Willy Wonks Chocolate Workshops are exactly the kinda party that would make them experience chocolate heaven!

Who you are:  A Parent (or grandparent) who has Chocolate Loving Children and you would love to become the superhero.

You are juggling a lot right now and just want for this party to be pure fun for your child and their friends.

What You Need Most Right Now: An over the top, fabulous, unique birthday event for your children (maybe even yourself).  You need someone who will take charge and make this party happen with the least amount of stress.  You don’t want to worry about maximum attendees or  getting everyone to a party room rented for 1 hour.  

You prefer custom support.  You adapt to last minute changes and you need for the party to as well.  You might have some last minute RSVPs or a venue change.

You need someone who will easily adapt to a small group of children or last minute large group of children.

You want to rest assured that you can customize the chocolate crafts, chocolate games and chocolate treats according to your children’s desires.

BECAUSE:  Your sweet children will undoubtedly enjoy this fun, creative, and interactive party experience where they get to become a “Chocolatier for the day”. Kids will have the party of their “sweet dreams” as they are allowed to mold and decorate their own, one of a kind chocolate creations.

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Here’s what you can expect when the CHOCOLATE wagon arrives:

 

 

You open your home to your children and their friends – I show up at your home with all of the chocolate – all of the equipment (sans the large pots/pans/cookie sheets) – I’ll keep the kids busy with chocolate recipes, cakes, treats, candy games and sweets.  And when its all over, I clean up and leave you with happy chocolate-filled children who will go to sleep dreaming about the awesomeness of their fantastical chocolate party!

Dallas birthday parties made easy

We love parties!

And you probably love parties too, except when you have to do all of the planning, shopping and cleaning up…Have no fear, I Really Love Chocolate is here!

(looking for a simple chocolate event? Check out our Chocolate Playdates for a mini-Wonka party AND for the adults check out these  Corporate Chocolate Creativity sessions: Becoming Willy Wonka and the

Luxury Chocolate Tasting: A Passport to the World)

 

 

 

   

Kindergarten:

 

 

What’s included in this Chocolate Workshop?

1. Time: 2 hours

2. Special t-shirts to wear for the party (and take home)

3. (3) Chocolate Creations (pick from the list below) – anything not eaten will be taken home

4. Birthday child receives an apron signed by all of his/her guests!

5. Set-up,  Cleanup and all chocolate required for party

6. Gift bags filled with chocolate from party for taking home

7. call for pricing

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary

 

What’s included in this Chocolate Workshop?

1. Time: 3 hours

2. Special t-shirts to wear for the party (and take home)

3. (4) Chocolate Creations (pick from the list below)

4. Birthday child receives an apron signed by all of his/her guests!

5. Set-up,  Cleanup and all chocolate required for party

6. Gift bags filled with chocolate from party for taking home

7. call for pricing

 

 

 
 

 

 

Teenagers

What’s included in this Chocolate Workshop?

1. Time: 3 hours (pick 4 creations from list below)

2. Special t-shirts to wear for the party (and take home)

3. (4) Chocolate Creations (pick from the list below)

4. Birthday Teen receives an apron signed by all of his/her guests!

5. Set-up,  Cleanup and all chocolate required for party

6. Gift bags filled with chocolate from party for taking home

7. call for pricing

Adults!! (yep, we still love chocolate)

1. Time: 3.0 hours (pick 4 creations from list below)

2. Special t-shirts to wear for the party (and take home)

3. Bottle of wine for the host (or birthday person)

3. (4) Chocolate Creations (pick from the list below)

4. Set-up,  Cleanup and all chocolate required for party

6. Gift bags filled with chocolate from party for taking home

7. call for pricing

Chocolate Creation Options:

  • Make your own Magic Shell
  • Copycat Butterfinger Bars
  • Copycat Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappucino
  • Cupcakes with Chocolate ganache
  • Handrolled Chocolate Truffles
  • Nutella Empanadas
  • Giant chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks
  • Chocolate Bowls
  • r2d2 Star Wars S’mores
  • Campfire Cake (counts as 2)
  • Chocolate Turtles
  • Kit Kat Candy Cake (counts as 2)
  • Copycat Kit Kat Bars
  • Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Lollipops
  • Chocolate + Peanut Butter (or Nutella) Apple Cookies
  • Chocolate Playdough Craft
  • Chocolate Bark with Candy
  • Copycat Peppermint Patties
  • Chocolate Ice Cream in a Bag (this requires a bit of physical exertion)
  • Oreo Lollipops
  • Chocolate Fudge Sauce
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Cookie Dough Dip
  • Grown Up Rice Krispie Treats (Adult workshop only)
  • Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (Adult Workshop only)
  • Chocolate Turtle Clusters (Adult workshop only)
  • and many other creative options if you want me to bring my own ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Willy Wonka Chocolate Workshop will also include:

1. A yummy chocolate craft

2. A chocolate-themed game

3. Chocolate creations to take home

4. Prizes (because they deserve all the rewards on this special day)

5. Gift bags

6. Matching chocolate-themed t-shirts to commemorate the fun day

My name is BECCA, and I love chocolate!  And I love connecting with other people and children who love, love, love chocolate too! I create yummy recipes on my site I Really Love Chocolate as well as videos, chocolate craft ideas and introduce new chocolate bars from around the world.  But nothing is more fun than sharing my love in person at your child’s party!  Or even grown ups (who are just kids at heart when it comes to chocolate) Other ideas for parties include: Chocolate Tasting Parties, Chocolate BBQ Party, Chocolate BBQ Lunch Party, Chocolate Brunch . . . for all ages.  Find me chatting with my fans here

 

 

P.S. Email through my contact form or iReallyLoveChoc@gmail.com

 

P.P.S. A 50% deposit holds the date of your party (we will do everything we can to accommodate your desired workshop date)

 

 

Pricing estimates: Willy Wonka full parties range between $1,695 – 2,795

while Playdates mentioned here are approx $427