Mummy, what happened to my pigs?

For the longest of time, C has been asking to do something related to Minecraft. I was watching Nerdy mummies and came across an episode where she did the above Minecraft pop sticks (You may watch the video here.)

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Picture downloaded from here.

I went to the local bakery store, Phoon Huat, to purchase all the necessary items. For budding bakers or season bakers, Phoon Huat really is your one-stop shopping place for all your baking needs. You can order online but I prefer to immerse myself with all those baking goodies. They even offer baking courses if you’re ever keen to jump on the wagon to learn how to bake.

These are a list of items that you will need.
These are a list of items that you will need except for the M&M dispenser which C insisted on placing on the tray.

Materials needed:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Edible markers
  • Melting chocolate – white and pink
  • Dark chocolate 56%
  • Styrofoam for pocking the lollipop sticks
  • Snickers Minis (this is the best size as it is square; Fun-size is rectangular)
  • Poking stick (*They recommended skewers stick. I tried to use chopsticks but ended up ruining quite a few Snickers Minis as they broke into half.)

Instructions

  1. Poke halfway into one side of the Snicker Minis using a poking stick*.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate using the double boil method. (I do not have a microwave thus need to use the double boil method instead.)
    1. Double boiler: Fill lower pan with water to below level of top pan. Heat water to a simmer, then remove from heat. Put your chocolate or candy melts in top pan and set in position on lower pan. Stir constantly, without beating, until smooth and completely melted. (Read up more on other methods from the Wilton’s website.)
  3. Dip 1cm of the the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, and stick into the Snickers Mini.
    Dip 1cm of the the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, and stick into the Snickers Mini.
  4. Place in the freeze for 5 minutes. In the meantime, you might want to pour the chocolate into a cup for easy dipping.
  5. Let the dipping begin. C loves this. He even ate two of the Snicker Minis after he has coated them.
    Let the dipping begin. Dip the lollipop stick into the chocolate melt one by one. C loves this. He even ate two of the Snicker Minis after he has coated them.
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    Get the child to tap the stick on the side of the cup to allow for the excess chocolate to drip into the cup.
  7. When the dipping is done, have the child to poke the lollipop stick into the foam-cake. It works on their fingers and wrist strength as well.
    When the dipping is done, have the child to poke the lollipop stick into the foam-cake. It works on their fingers and wrist strength as well. Let the chocolate cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Repeat the procedure for the pink chocolate.
  9. When dried, draw the eyes and mouth for the pink using the edible ink.
  10. This is our completed product!
    This is our completed product!

As you can tell, this does not look like a pig at all. Hahaheehee. So here’s our story. I thought cooling the chocolate in the freezer will be faster, thus after we completed the first coating, we placed the foam-cake into the freezer. I waited for ten minutes, and in the meantime, went ahead to melt the pink melting chocolate using the double boiler method. When that was done, we went ahead to dip one lollipop stick into the pink melting chocolate. That’s when the metamorphosis happened. The dark chocolate melted and merged with the pink chocolate. During this time, C kept asking me, “Mummy, what happened to my pigs?”

I had to coax him and ask him to watch television while I try to salvage the situation. It was no use. Every single one went in dark, and came up morphed 😮

In the end, I re-dip the top of the lollipop stick with dark chocolate and sprinkled sprinkles on each stick. I placed the foam-cake in the freezer and put the timer on for 5 minutes.

C comes along, opens the fridge,

“Mummy, where’s my pig?”

“(points to the foam-cake) Sorry C, the chocolate melted together. We’ll try again next time to look like pigs.”

It’s okay mummy, we try again next time.

Five minutes later. The timer rings, C went to the fridge and opened the door.

Mummy, what happened to my pig?

“Sorry C, we try again next time. The chocolate melted together”

Aiyah mummy, it’s ok. You try again next time. We try again tomorrow. We go buy the indians (he meant ingredients) and do again.

“Can we do it next week? I need to read up and see what went wrong or mummy can’t do it.”

No, don’t say cannot, be a really useful engine.

(He was thinking of Thomas train. It’s funny how he relates Thomas train in this situation.)

So yes, this is our story of ‘Mummy, what happened to my pigs?’

Well, we had fun, that tops everything. C had an enjoyable time eating the chocolates though they were a little bit too sweet for my liking.

Hope you like our story! *wink*

Love,

A

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