Have you left your Christmas gifts to the last minute? Don’t panic your can just make these Easy Last Minute Christmas Gifts – Advent Calendar Mold Chocolates. Since naturally I left the final gifts till Christmas Eve to sort out, the kids had just finished their last chocolate in their advent calendars. Why not use them as a mold to make your own Christmas themed chocolates!
I made these with materials and ingredients that I had in the house. I literally just finished them now!
What you will need to make your own Easy Last Minute Christmas Gifts – Advent Calendar Mold Chocolates
- Empty Advent Calendar or chocolate mold – I removed the cardboard surrounds and thoroughly washed the empty advent calendars before use!
- Chocolate Buttons/Melts – I had white and milk chocolate in the cupboard. I believe in the USA you have candy melts in various colours, they would work great too.
- Crushed Cashew Nuts – or anything you might like in the chocolates! Totally up to you here, coconut would be delicious too!
- Plain Zip lock bags
- Hot Water – I used the hot tap (not boiling!)
- Food Colour – Optional
Step 1 – Melt the Chocolate
Place the chocolate in a zip lock bag removing as much air as possible. Place in the bowl of hot water in the sink until melted. I had to replace the hot water a few times. You can always melt them in the microwave and poor into a zip lock bag afterwards. You will need a one bag per colour you are making. I had white, milk and green and red (turned out more pink).
Step 2 – Pour Chocolate into the molds
As you can see in the photo above I made a few different variations. Some are solid one colour others are two toned. For the plain colours just fill the mold and give the tray a good tap on the bench to spread the chocolate evenly. For the two toned do the same but only use a little chocolate the first time, and top up the mold with the second colour. If you are usind a filling like the crushed cashews, place the cashew pieces in the molds first. I then poured the chocolate over the top, they needed a few more taps on the bench to get the chocolate to fill the air spaces around the cashew pieces.
Step 3 – Set the Chocolate
I place the trays in the refrigerator to set. They literally took a 3 or 4 minutes, since the chocolates were quite thin and small. Pop them out of the molds and your ready to bag them up.
Step 4 – Bag them up!
I used plain zip lock bags as that is what I had available at home. You can use jars or paper bags or cellophane bags…what ever you have on hand! I tied mine with a red ribbon and added and small card to write a little note on.
I used a regular hole punch to make the holes in the top corner of the card on the folded side. Threaded a piece of narrow ribbon though and tied it on the the bag.
And that is all! All up it took less than an hour to make four bags of the last minute Christmas gifts, and that was with a lot of ‘help’ from the kids.
If you are looking for a sewing gift to make, these stuffed Christmas decorations are super quick and cute too!