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Take A Chocolate Taste Test: Experimenting With Flavors and Textures
Have you ever tried chocolate before it's been sweetened? It is not very tasty! But don't take my word for it, have a taste test and find out for yourself! Note: Each of these tastes should be lined up in the order given to really appreciate the activity!
After everyone has tasted a piece of each type of chocolate, invite them to try the chocolate they liked best again. Talk about why they prefer that type of chocolate and compare flavors and textures. It's interesting to hear some of the answers! Tip: Try different grades and types of chocolate for this yummy experiment. (For example compare Hershey's to Ghirardelli or Godiva or Scharfenberger.)
The idea here is to create a brand new candy confection, unlike anything on the market today, and give it an original name. Families can either work together or as individuals.
Step 1: Choose a name for your confection and decide what ingredients to put in it. Here are some of the things you can add to your chocolate confection: Nuts, raisins, caramel, chips (butterscotch, peanut butter, toffee etc.), dried fruits, pretzels, cereal (crisp rice, granola, etc.), mint or orange flavoring, peanut butter, cookies, marshmallow, coconut, etc.
Step 2: Purchase all the ingredients that will be needed and create a recipe. Decide how the ingredients will be added and how the candy confection will look. Make a "prototype" or a sample model, so that everyone can taste it.
Step 3: Once you've designed and made your candy bar, create a marketing campaign to sell it!
Musicians: Write a tune or jingle about your candy bar to let everyone know how delicious it is. Write lyrics to your own music or set them to a well-known tune.
Writers: Write an ad for a homemade magazine. Take pictures of your candy creation and include them in your ad campaign. Design a poster. Create a commercial or a skit about the candy. Remember that everyone in the family can participate in a skit or commercial -- so be sure to give everyone a part! Have someone videotape it!
Artists: Design a wrapper! What should it look like? What should it say? Will it be wild and crazy or plain and simple? Be as creative as possible. Will it be a simple paper wrapper, an origami container, or something else? Will you design a picture or will words become the art? Will it include a nutrition label and a list of ingredients? It is up to you to decide.
Optional Activity: Come up with a slogan for your candy creation. (For example: M&M's melt in your mouth, not in your hands!)
Wrapping It Up: Invite friends and family over on Valentine's Day to see what you've created! Let them taste the chocolate goodies!
Idea: Homeschooling support groups can do this as a project! Set a time and a place to allow participants to show their stuff and let everyone have a taste of the candy creations.
This game is played like Battle Ship.
Here's what to do:
You'll need: 10x10 piece of graph paper and a pencil
Setting up your grid: On the top row of your graph paper put the numbers 1-10 (one number per box) and then letter the left side of your graph paper with: A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J. Each player has 5 chocolate bars to place somewhere within the grid, horizontally and vertically. Make a box around each group of boxes to represent where each candy bar can be found, but don't let your opponent see! The candy bars cannot overlap.
Here are some suggestions for candy bar names; you are welcome to change them.
How to play: Decide who goes first, and then take turns calling out coordinates. (For example: 1-F, 10-J and so forth)
As each candy bar is "bitten", a "C" should be written in that grid box, and when all of the boxes have been bitten in one type of candy bar, the player should say, " You've Eaten My _________" (For example if the snack size candy bar has 4 bites taken out of it, the player would say, "You've eaten my snack size candy bar!") Take turns trying to take bites out of each other's candy bars until all of one player's candy bars have been "eaten"! Don't forget to record misses with an "X" so you know where you've been!
Bonus Activity: Make your own chocolate! Purchase kits here.
Read chocolate-themed literature! Here are some books that are about chocolate or have chocolate in the plot.
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