I never thought I’d fall under the Harry Potter spell, being a huge fan of Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell and Bentley Little and all, but that’s exactly where I’ve found myself. And now I’m trying to concoct Harry Potter-ish treats for the mini-couponers. What do you think of my Chocolate Frogs?!
The 8-year old mini-couponer is an avid reader. He even takes Red Bull magazines into the bathtub! So for Christmas I decided to stop by the local thrift store and fill a big box with books. They happened to have the first two Harry Potter books. I almost didn’t pick ’em up because he’s into science and technology and history and trivia, but I thought he could use a little magic and make-believe in his life (the kid is sooooo serious!) so into the cart they went.
When he opened the package on Christmas you coulda knocked me over with a feather! “Cool! Harry Potter books! These are awesome! Thanks, Grandma!”
And then, he gave me perhaps one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received… “Hey, Grandma – We should read these together!” And so we are 🙂
Every night at 6:45 the TV goes off and everyone gathers ’round for the next chapter of Harry Potter.
Friday night I got the brilliant idea to try to come up with some Harry Potter-themed snacks to have while we’re reading, and that’s how the Chocolate Frogs came to be. They’re made out of modeling chocolate, which is sooooo easy to make and so easy to work with, and they taste like Tootsie Rolls.
You only need two ingredients to make modeling chocolate – Karo Corn Syrup (the clear one) and chocolate chips (I prefer Hershey’s but as long as it’s a good brand you’ll be fine.) I only made small batch and I had enough for two Chocolate Frogs. I’ll give you the measurements I used and the original measurements are in parenthesis.
Modeling Chocolate Recipe
1 cup chocolate chips (2 cups) 1/4 Karo syrup (1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
In the top of a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips being careful not to scorch or burn the chocolate.
Stir until completely smooth. In a separate, microwave safe bowl or measuring cup, warm the Karo syrup just until it’s warm to the touch. Do not overheat and definitely don’t let it come to a boil.
Using a wooden spoon, stir the warm Karo syrup into the melted chocolate. The mixture will be stiff so you’ll want to make sure you don’t use a flimsy rubber spatula.
Mix well. Pour mixture out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and spread it out until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. Cover with more plastic wrap.
Allow the modeling chocolate to rest for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, until it’s completely cool. At this point, if you’re not going to use it right away, seal it up in a ziploc bag and store it in a cool, dry location. No need to refrigerate. And it lasts forever.
How to Use Modeling Chocolate
I’m no sculptor so I’m not even going to try to give you directions to make these frogs. I used these directions at Polyform.com. To work with your modeling chocolate, just break off a piece and start kneading it in your hands. The warmth of your hands will soften it up and then you just work with it like you would Play-Do or Sculpy – only it tastes a heck of a lot better 🙂
Good luck with your Chocolate Frogs. I hope you and your kids have as much fun with them as we did 🙂