The activity wasn’t as well received as I’d hoped. At first he wasn’t sure he wanted to dip the strawberries at all. In the end, it entertained us for a few minutes. It wasn’t a complicated and involved activity and took just a few minutes to set up and clean up.
What I’ve learned from activities like this is that in the end what matters most is that we’re spending time together, no whether or not he tried the new food – though I won’t deny that it would really seal the deal for me if we had a fantastic time together AND he sampled the food. In this instance it served as an opportunity to build a bridge over some hurt feelings on both our parts from an earlier meltdown (Logan’s, not mine). We had a fun time drizzling chocolate and licking spoons, even though he wasn’t interested in sampling his handy work. Looking on the bright side – Eric, Madeline, and I had 10 chocolate covered strawberries to share after dinner last night.
- 4 oz. semi sweet chocolate
- 4 oz. white chocolate
- 3 tsp shortening
- 2 bowls
- 2 spoons
- parchment paper
Melt semi-sweet chocolate and 1 1/2 tsp shortening in a bowl in the microwave. 30 seconds on full power. Stir and repeat. Do the same with the white chocolate.
Dip strawberries and lay on parchment paper to cool. Drizzle with the opposite color chocolate for a pretty look.
When done, store in refrigerator if you haven’t eaten them already! 4 year olds like to lick the spoons and bowls when done. This is a great dessert that doesn’t involve turning on the oven on a hot day.