Mmmm.... 36 steps including waiting for warm water to melt the chocolate plus 15-20 minutes in the fridge to cool. So far I haven't managed to get a decent embossing result either, and I'm actually rather capable so heaven help those who aren't. And when you've finished you can "bag `em" can you? Righty ho, but you'll be a long time filling a bag when you have to repeat every stage, including waiting for melting and cooling, two coins at a time. Doesn't sound like the great idea you thought this "machine" would be, does it? My recommendation is that you buy your children some nice superior, ready made chocolate coins from the shops and invest in a gift that is actually worthwhile. Oh, and you will be making your coins from silver kitchen foil sooner than you think, since the gold stuff supplied is only good for a handful. But it really saved my day to learn I could send off for more. I write facetiously because the marketing description for this "toy" seems to glibly gloss over its labour-intensive fiddliness and I feel people should be warned.