I’m always looking for new ways to keep the kids entertained, particularly during the school holidays. While my son would rather spend time on his iPad, my daughter is always looking for something to do. She loves making things: arts, crafts, baked goods, she’s not fussed. So long as she can get stuck in, she’s happy. We were recently sent the Chocolate Lolly Maker from John Adams, and it looked liked something she’d love.
As the name suggests, the Chocolate Lolly Maker is a kit for making your own chocolate lollies. Inside the box you receive:
- Chocolate melter & utensils
- Four design moulds
- Special message moulds
- Lolly sticks
- Wrapping & ribbon
- Lolly wrapping station
The only thing you need to supply yourself is the chocolate, but I’m sure there’s no shortage of chocolate at this time of year!
The chocolate melter has a screw lid on the side allowing you to fill it with hot water. This then heats up, allowing you to melt your chocolate in the little bowl. You add your chocolate to the bowl and wait for it to melt. I would recommend using chocolate buttons or chips, as large chunks will be quite difficult to melt. This is obviously a kit or children, and this method of melting seems pretty safe, but it did take quite a while. The second time we made lollies I ended up microwaving the chocolate as it is much quicker. The melter does work, it just takes patience which my daughter and I sometimes lack.
While waiting for your chocolate to melt, you pop your lolly stick in to your chosen mould and you are ready to go. The lolly sticks are plastic and can be washed and used again, which is good. Once you have your melted chocolate, you pour it in to your chosen mould. This was pretty easy to do, there’s nothing fiddly about it, so kids will enjoy doing this on their own. That’s something I loved about this set, that Caitlin could just get on with it.
After a short amount of time, you can pop a secret message mould in to the back of the lolly before returning to designs to the fridge to completely cool.
After around 45 minutes, the lollies are ready to be popped out of the mould, ready to be wrapped.
The wrapping station is great. It has a little bit at the side to keep all of the accessories which is a good idea, as things tend to get lost in my house. To wrap a lolly, you place it in the wrapping station and cover if with a shiny wrapper. There are two arms which lock around the wrapping, and then a wheel to spin the lolly around a few times to twist the wrapping around the lolly stick. To finish, you tie a piece of ribbon around the bottom, sealing the wrapping in place.
The finished design looks great. Caitlin was really pleased with her design and could wait to give some to her teacher and her friends at school. She loves making things for people, so this kit is just perfect for her as it allows her to do it all herself with lovely results.
Overall this is a great little kit. We’ve tried a few food related toys before and they’ve never been great, but this one is easy to use and keeps the kids entertained for a while. It’s a great toy for this time of year, and may be good for using up all of those left over Easter eggs lying around!
If you want to make your own chocolate lollies, the Chocolate Lolly Maker is available from various toy shops, or can be bought from Amazon* for £15.99 (*Please note, this is an Amazon Affiliate link).
We were sent this product free of charge in return for an honest review.