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Good fun for all the family...and the chocolate's quite tasty too!
on 4 January 2014
The Chocolate Model Making Kit from 'Magic Choc' is a craft set for making your own chocolate models and coins. The box contains enough flexible chocolate (dark, white and milk chocolate) to make around five or six small(ish) models, as well as a couple of chocolate coins.
The process of making the models is relatively simple - the hard part is making your models look half decent! To get the chocolate to be flexible enough to mould your models out of, you need to squish and squash it between your fingers for around 5-10 seconds. This will warm the chocolate ever-so-slightly, making it pliable and flexible (as well as slightly sticky!).
Whilst making the models you'll probably find that your fingers get coated in cocoa oil, which makes them feel quite greasy. This can simply be washed off and doesn't appear to stain (from the little that our kids got on their clothes).
Like with the 'Magic Choc Picture Maker', I'd have to question if the set is really all that suitable for kids of around 4 (the box states for ages 4+). Our kids are pretty much four, and the parent supervision involved pretty much ended up being us doing the vast majority of the model making. As such, both my wife and I would say that the set is really only suitable for kids from around 5 - 6+.
The coin makers were the biggest disappointment of the set. They're just circular moulds that, when squashed together, form a crude coin shape with a picture on one side and the 'Magic Choc' logo on the other. From the outside of the packaging it looked like the set would make chocolate coins that are encased in gold foil (like you'd buy in the shops). This would have been great, and after seeing the box cover, our kids were really excited about doing this. As it turns out - the 'coins' are just circles of chocolate. As I said, quite disappointing!
Nevertheless, the kit did provide a good hour or so of fun for our family - although our kids seemed to enjoy the eating process at the end more than the actual making. And to be fair, after sampling half a cat's-body made from chocolate (see the attached video), I'd say that the chocolate isn't half bad too! Okay, so it's not exactly Belgium's finest - but for some gimmicky model-making flexible chocolate - it's reasonably tasty.