Chocolate crafts are a fun activity that can be done with kids year round. Unlike the seasonally limited gingerbread house, a chocolate house knows no seasonal bounds! It’s a craft that can be scaled in terms of difficulty to suit a child’s age and experience, and the possibilities for creativity are endless.
To make a chocolate house, you will need a few key ingredients, but use these as a loose guideline. It’s more important to experiment and see what works for you. The most important thing, of course, is to have fun and get a little bit silly.
Some helpful ingredients & tools to have on hand
- Solid 5- or 8-ounce chocolate bars that can be broken into squares for melting
- A piping bag (or small zip-lock bag with a corner cut off)
- A tinfoil covered piece of cardboard as a base to build upon
- A sharp knife (optional)
Extra candies and ingredients for decoration and flair. This can include:
- Wafers (great for roofs)
- Personalized chocolate coins
- Hard candies
- Coconut flakes
- Hershey’s kisses
- Candy canes
- A variety of dark, milk and white chocolate
To start building the chocolate house, try this:
- First, unwrap 4 solid chocolate bars that you will use for the first walls of your structure. Measure how tall you want your building to be — remembering that you will probably be adding a roof — and break off any additional pieces until the height is right.
- Either in a double boiler or in the microwave, melt the type of chocolate you will want to use to hold the walls together and fill your piping bag.
- Take two solid pieces and connect them with a seam of melted chocolate. Press them together until the chocolate cools. You should now have an L shape.
- Repeat with two more solid chocolate bars so that you have two L shaped pieces.
- Next, pipe melted chocolate into the seams to attach the two L shapes together to create a basic box. (You may have to reheat your piping chocolate occasionally so that it comes out smoothly).
- Once you have the basic structure, you can start with the roof. We recommend using light wafers or graham crackers to build the roof as they are light and easy to build into an A frame that can sit atop your structure.
- Don’t be shy to use extra chocolate to help things stick together. The house does not have to be up to code!
From here, you can begin to embellish your chocolate house. Here are some ideas:
- Use coconut flakes to create a wintery effect.
- Create window trimmings using piped, melted chocolate.
- Pipe chocolate to make shingles on the roof.
- Line the door frame with pretzels.
- Hard candies make great stepping stones and pathways.
- Small marshmallows can be used to build a picket fence and large ones can be turned into snowmen.
Now that you have the hang of it, you can begin to expand from one house into a chocolate candy neighbourhood, with sidewalks and pathways, trees and chocolate people to live there!
As with any craft, chocolate or otherwise, the idea is to have fun and see where your imagination takes you.