Christmas chocolate from Tesco: a review and ways to play

We were recently sent some chocolates to review from Tesco and I wanted to do something a little different with it- to show how you can play with chocolate, how you can learn, and how you can create. We were sent 150g of Chokablock Cherry Merry Christmas and  100g of milk chocolate gingerbread stars, which can all be found either online or in store now.

For each of the activities we did, we felt it was important to use the best chocolate that we could, because a large part of the exploration is about taste! So in our play we talked about the appearance, the texture, the smell and the taste, in a similar way that we usually do.

Tesco Christmas chocolate review and ways to play

We started with the  Cherry  Merry Christmas chocolate first, which was immediately exciting for the preschooler. In the shape of a Christmas tree, the chocolate is adorned with cookie crumbles and cherries which look a lot about baubles, and gave us chance to talk about Christmas trees and how we decorate them.

We decided to break the chocolate to look at the pieces, and then-naturally- we tasted them too. Delicious. The cherries are almost sour and the cookie pieces were nice because they changed the texture of the chocolate. Then we decided to melt the chocolate, giving me the chance to reinforce the concept of changing properties. We used the mixture to make our own little chocolates which we then popped into the fridge to reverse the melting. A little science lesson for the afternoon!

We used Tesco's Chokablock to talk about melting and reversing back to solids againWe then use the left over chocolate to create a little chocolate art, by swirling fingers and other tools to make patterns. As we were doing this, the aroma in the kitchen was heavenly- this stuff smells as good as it tastes!

We used chocolate to make delicious swirly patterns

It’s a really lovely chocolate and perhaps a little too nice to play with but I assure you that each and every last bite of chocolate was consumed in the end! This chocolate costs just £5 and would make a great gift for chocolate lovers. We give it 8 out of 10!

When it came to sampling the milk chocolate gingerbread stars, we knew that we needed to do something a little more extravagant. We decided to make a chocolate pinata!

Chocolate pinata with Tesco

This is what we did:

Ingredients:

Ingredients you need for a chocolate pinata

Tools:

saucepan with boiling water

plastic spatula

zip lock bag

scissors

sillicone giant cup cake mould

What we did

We started by melting the chocolate and then adding a tablespoon (or there abouts) of vegetable oil to the mix. This kept the chocolate runny while we were working. We used a spatula to spread a layer of the mix around the mould until it was all covered. We OBVIOUSLY had a good taste along the way. We made sure to leave a thick edge too, and left it to set in the fridge for 20 mins.

How to make a chocolate pinata- step 1

 

Then we added another layer of chocolate and allowed that to cool too. This was because we wanted a nice thick pinata. Once it was set, it was time to remove the mould. We eased the edges away all the way round, then simply peeled the mould down until voila!

How to make a chocolate pinata step 2Next we filled the bottom half of the pinata with sweets and chocolates. We made sure to layer them so that the skittles were inbetween the larger chocolates, with the milk chocolate stars on top so that they would be the first things to fall when the pinata was broken.

How to make a chocolate pinata step 3

Next, working quicky, we spooned the remaining melted chocolate into the zip lock bag and snipped a small hole in the corner. We piped it around the edges of the bottom half and popped the lid on top. Then we used the chocolate to stick sweets to decorate it, finishing the whole thing with one of the milk chocolate stars. It looked a lot like a Christmas tree when we were finished!

Then time to smash!

This was the fun part. I presented the pinata with a small wooden hammer and invited the children to take turns. When the pinata broke, the chocolates came tumbling out and the milk chocolate gingerbread stars really stole the show!

Chocolate pinata with Tesco milk chocolate gingerbread stars

 

All that was left to do was taste! And yes, I can confirm that those chocolate stars are worth the effort! They are very delicious and just perfect for Christmas. They do come in a lovely little gift box but we felt they were pretty enough to make them the ‘star’ of our pinata and they lived up to that in taste too! The chocolate pinata was also great fun and if you do buy these stars at Christmas, I would certainly recommend trying this because the kids thought it was amazing- what a centre piece for your table! The stars are just £3.50 and we give them a huge 10 out of 10!

We were sent the chocolate to review; all opinions are my own!

 

 

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  1. November 16, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    Looks great. We call them smashcakes (usually with cakes in obviously), but great for a children’s party.
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 16, 2013 / 8:49 pm

      Yes we’ll definitely do this again! With a cakesmash, do you used sponge? And what do you fill it with?
      x

      • November 17, 2013 / 10:39 am

        You still have the chocolate shell, but fill with cake pops, or mini cupcakes. My friend has a cake business and was the first in our area to bring the idea over from the US so we got to try them out. Great fun, and good for children’s parties (or adults really). Guess they could be good for an after dinner treat too
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        • ghostwritermummy
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          November 17, 2013 / 11:42 am

          That’s a fantastic idea! I love the idea of mini cupcakes!
          x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 16, 2013 / 9:22 pm

      Ah thanks, I will link up now! Probably my only chance to do so as I am no cook!!
      xx

        • ghostwritermummy
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          November 25, 2013 / 10:30 pm

          Ah that’s fab! I will pop over and have a look at the others this week!
          xx

  2. November 16, 2013 / 9:44 pm

    oh I was waiting to see who would make something from their chocolates from Tesco and i think you win hands down – i want I want I want to smash up that yummy chocolate pinata!!!
    it looks so good and i also love how the chocolate was explored by the children too x
    will pin this
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 17, 2013 / 9:52 am

      It was great fun!
      x

  3. BakedPotato Mummy
    November 16, 2013 / 11:05 pm

    I’ve been desperate to see how you did this. It looks incredible. You have such an imagination. The kids must have had such fun smashing that piñata! xx
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 17, 2013 / 9:52 am

      This was so easy to do! Think I might do this in place of the gingerbread house this Christmas as that one takes hours!
      xx

  4. November 18, 2013 / 3:27 am

    This is such a great way to associate fun and food. It’s Maël’s birthday this week and I was thinking of making an iced-cake for the very first time (iced-cakes are not very common in France) but I might postpone and do this instead!
    Great idea Susanne!
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 18, 2013 / 1:43 pm

      Ah, share some pics if you do that! And happy birthday to your little man!
      xxx

  5. November 18, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    Wow, what a great idea! I will definitely be trying this one.

    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 19, 2013 / 7:56 am

      Thank you! It went down a storm!
      x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 19, 2013 / 7:56 am

      Haha thank you 🙂
      xx

    • ghostwritermummy
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      November 20, 2013 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you! I will link up!
      x

  6. November 23, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun to make and even more fun to demolish. Lovely idea.

  7. Tracey
    November 24, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    I really loooove this idea, so creative and I am sure kids will just go crazy for it, including bigger kids (aka adults). I will definitely be giving this a go over Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    ps I saw this over at mummy makes cakes celebration cakes linky.
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    • ghostwritermummy
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      December 4, 2013 / 4:30 pm

      Haha thank you! x

    • ghostwritermummy
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      December 4, 2013 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you- well done to you too!
      x

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