Additional Craft Information:
Fiddly Creative Fun
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
This is a really good idea and I was very excited to try this out with my son however it just so fiddly and messy. The first thing that put me off is that there is no chocolate or batteries included and whilst I would expect the batteries to not be included as this is the case with most things, I would have thought the makers would have included a few small sample bags of chocolate buttons (and especially in the colours) in order for your child to be able to play with the set straight away. You can purchase Candy Craft coloured chocolate pen refill pouches however at the time of this review they are only available from 3rd party marketplace sellers and not available from Amazon directly and also they are the same price as the actual set so a bit expensive really. You can of course use white chocolate buttons and add some food colouring to them which does work but again this is messy and fiddly.
We have just used white and milk chocolate for the pen and we did get some good results although it is fiddly and the designs and moulds that we did didn't come out as well as the product pictures so a bit more practice is needed by us I think! I shall try to add some pictures in the next couple of weeks when I have some designs that I am happy to show in public!
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
To use your own chocolate rather than buying refill pouches, they advise to use buttons or small pieces of chocolate and you fill one of the bags about 3 quarters full with them, insert a pen tip, place a clamp around and then add a pen cap. You then add the pouch to a bowl of hot water and wait for the chocolate to melt. Once melted you add the bag to the chocolate pen and your child is then ready to draw and mould away.
The box contains:
1 x Chocolate Pen
3 Mould Trays which contain 50 shapes (these are thinish plastic and cannot be placed in a dishwasher)
4 x Pen Tips/Nozzles
4 x Clamps
4 x Pen Caps
12 x Plastic Bags for the chocolate
1 x Instructions.
To create a moulded shape with different colours your child needs to fill the mould from the designs front to back so if for example doing a mould with a red colour on the top of it like maybe the top level of the heart then your child would fill the mould part with that colour first. This then needs to be left to set in the freezer for around 5 minutes before the next colour can be added and set and so on.
This is a really good idea but let down by the fact that no sample chocolate was included (or batteries) and that it's a very fiddly process to do with your own chocolate rather than using refill bags which are not currently available. I wanted to give this 3.5 stars but as there are no half markings available I have given 3 stars as it just doesn't merit 4 stars in my opinion. If your child is creative they will love this although you possibly won't with all the extra assistance you'll have to give and messing around with melting chocolate and adding food dye's. An okay toy but not great.