Sweet Sparklers: How to make tasty edible chocolate sparklers for bonfire night
Having made these chocolate sparklers with the kids I think I might prefer them to the real thing? Pretty, a huge hit with the kids and the biggest accident I was worried about was yet another diet fail as I couldn't leave them alone afterwards. Making these might well become my new favourite tradition for Bonfire Night!
To make your edible chocolate sparklers you will need:
- Chocolate sticks
- Chocolate to melt
- Cake decorating sprinkles
- Baking tray or plate and greaseproof baking paper
How to make edible chocolate sparklers:
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
- Lay out your base for the sparklers - we recommend Galaxy Ripples as they're the biggest!
- Melt your chocolate to cover the ends of your sparklers with
- Hold sparklers over a bowl, and add your sprinkles to stick to the melted chocolate
- Place onto tray and put into the fridge until set
- Eat and enjoy!
Let's make them:
Before we start I must admit that we had almost as much fun preparing for this activity as we did making them (although not as much fun as we had eating them, they honestly were kinda awesome.) My daughter adores baking so when I told her I needed her help to make the perfect chocolate sparklers she was more than up for helping and accompanied me to the supermarket to make sure that I bought the perfect ingredients for the job. We had originally thought about using Twix's or Twirls' to make these but a hunt around the chocolate aisle showed that the longest chocolates were, in fact, Galaxy Ripples. You could, of course, try Matchmakers as well but I thought that in little excited hands, they might be a bit more prone to breaking.
Another important part was the melting chocolate, we've melted super cheap chocolate before and it separated (disaster!) but I find that supermarket own brand is normally ok. Of course, sparkly, sprinkly bits was my daughter's speciality subject so we went for a selection of sugar stars, plus some gold and pink sparkly hundreds and thousands as well as colourful sugar strands to get the feel of the colourful sparks shooting out of our sparklers.
After school we set to work, we don't have a microwave so we melted the chocolate using a bain marie of two saucepans and then I set the saucepan of melted chocolate on the table (with strict instructions not to touch the saucepan itself) and the kids covered the ends of their chocolate sticks with the melted chocolate. Once that was done they held them above bowls while they poured or placed their sprinkles onto the melted chocolate. My idea here being that it would stop hundreds and thousands ending up all over the floor although I'm pretty sure they saw it as a handy way to collect any extra bits for them to have a crafty munch on.
Once the end of the chocolate was decorated they were placed onto a greaseproof paper covered baking tray and put into the fridge to set. Well apart from the ones where me telling the kids that they could have a try of the sprinkles was interpreted as trying the sprinkles on their sparklers. Those ones never quite made it to set...
Left to set these made a brilliant desert that none of us could resist, now all that's left to do is to start finding more excuses for fireworks so we have another excuse to make them; hurry up New Year's Eve! Plus, if you have any chocolate left over (if you can resist eating it!), then why not try Kate's Firework Chocolate Bark? Using lots of the same ingredients, it's a great way to make two fun firework treats in one!
Will you be making these this year? Let us know in a comment below, or find your nearest fireworks display in our handy guide.