Did somebody say chocolate? Well, it’s sort of chocolate but not quite. I mean, you can’t eat it, but you can smell it and the kids can play with it. That’s almost the same thing, right? It’s like getting your chocolate fix without the calories or the guilt.
Mind you, if you want to make this lovely box of pretend chocolates someone is going to have to eat all of the real chocolates first. I’m sure you’re up for the task?
You will need
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 1/2 cups of salt
- 3/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups of boiling water
You can also add a few drops of glycerin if you have some handy. It makes the dough extra shiny and stretchy.
Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well (the kids will love doing this bit, but a parent will need to do the rest).
Add the vegetable oil and then pour in the boiling water, mixing everything together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Leave it to cool for a few minutes and once you are able to safely handle the warm dough, knead it well on a clean, dry surface – a great helping job for little hands. It will take a few minutes to really come together into a smooth and stretchy ball with all traces of stickiness gone. If after a few minutes you are still getting residue on your fingers as you knead, you may need to add a little more flour to the dough. If the dough is crumbly, add a little more boiling water, bit by bit until the dough comes together.
Bring out the cutters, the rollers, the slicers and the squishers! Add some bead ‘sprinkles’ and some patty cases to make cupcakes. Add a candle and pretend it’s your birthday. It may as well be!