Pop-Its – The Hot Toy In Everyone’s House
As I’m sure you know – right now – one of the most popular toys is the push and pop bubble fidget sensory toy known as the pop-it. However, that plastic bastion of bubbles is so much more than just a toy! You can use it as a mold to make chocolate and candy! We recently signed up for a library class where we learned how to do this great activity. We tweaked it a bit and thought it would be fun to share!
Most importantly, it can take as little as twenty minutes to make a chocolate pop-it or as long as your little Picasso can last.
Start off with deciding what type of chocolate melting wafers you want to use. They come in all different flavors and colors; you can get creative! Specifically, the library gave us milk chocolate but if we had our choice we would use mint chocolate (obviously, says The Mint Chip Mama).
Next, grab some fillings for your popped out bubbles. Any candy around your house works especially the size and shape of M & M’s or Skittles. They fit perfectly and will look really pretty. Since my kids love mini marshmallows we cut them in half and put them in there too. In a perfect world my ideal candy would be Junior Mint cabochons.
Make A Chocolate Pop-It In 10 Easy Steps!
1. Wash your pop-it because who knows where your kids took that thing. I filled up a bin with soapy water and let it soak for a bit.
2. Take eight ounces of melting chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, then stir and repeat. You can play around with the time and power. Funny enough, because of this activity I discovered our microwave has a “melt” setting with a chocolate option!
3. Take the cup out (be careful – it may be hot – duh) and stir the chocolate so it’s all melted together. I find a knife works better than a spoon, its easier to clean off, and you can use it again.
4. You are ready for the big pour! Make sure all bubbles are facing up – or experiment for a funky design (you can pop out a smiley face or even your child’s initial!). Start in the middle and slowly pour the entire cup of chocolate onto the pop-it.
5. Flattened the chocolate into all corners using your knife.
6. Pop it into the freezer to harden. Yep! That’s it! That’s all it takes to make a chocolate pop-it! The hardest part is making enough room in your freezer to fit your plate flat. Unless your freezer is neater than mine – then good for you.
7. Set your timer for fifteen minutes.
8. Your pop-it is ready to come out! It should be shiny indicating it’s nice and solid.
9. Run your nail under the edge and slowly pull the chocolate off. There is a bit of suction so go slowly and carefully. Tada! Well just look at that. Pretty cool, right?
10. Set up your toppings and let your kids go to town decorating their creation.
Decorate Your Chocolate Pop-It!
To secure your toppings into each bubble, you need “glue”. For this you will use a little more melted chocolate. We tried both dipping the toppings into the melted chocolate and painting the chocolate with a small (clean) paintbrush. Either works, it all depends on what you want to do – and if you want to clean up something else.
Keep in mind, the chocolate “glue” hardens quickly if you use the paint brush so make sure to move quickly. It dries a little slower if you dip the topping into it.
They can make patterns, designs, or just pop stuff in randomly. Anything that fits in the bubble works for a topping. Just don’t forget your chocolate glue to keep it all together. Or leave it out and your kids can play tic tac toe, or you can use it for a number or letter game!
You Did It!
Pat yourself on the back for repurposing something laying around the house into a cool, edible creation. Since the chocolate is so thick, you’ll most likely want to eat this in shifts. You can easily break apart the rows thanks to the indentations.
Play Around And Make All Kinds Of Pop-Its
I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step guide on how to make a chocolate pop-it. I can’t wait to see how all of yours come out. Play around with different things – anything that melts and hardens should work – you can even try Jell-O! If you want to think bigger, try making them as a customized DIY party favors.
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