There are a few things that pop up on Miss A’s radar when she’s watching TV that she never forgets about. The Real Baking chocolate pen from Vivid Imaginations is one of the things she has asked for in the past, so when we received a parcel full of baking equipment she was over the moon to see the chocolate pen in the box.
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Inside the box is a large plastic oversized chocolate pen which will hold the chocolate (also takes 2 x AAA batteries which aren’t supplied), 3 mould trays with varying designs, 4 nozzles and clamps, caps, 12 bags for holding the chocolate and the instructions.
I wondered how easy this was going to be to set up, but all in all I was surprised at how easy it was to use. Before you begin you need to add the batteries to the pen by removing the cap and unscrewing the battery case.
This takes a very small phillips head screwdriver, and I thought perhaps that it may be better to have been clipped in place. Once the batteries are inserted, there isn’t an on / off switch as such and the pen will be activated by pressing the large button on the side of the pen. This makes the motor work and will encourage the chocolate to come out of the chocolate pen.
To begin the process you need to take some finely diced chocolate, or chocolate drops, and place in one of the bags provided. Secure with a nozzle and clip around the bag to seal which is a very easy process and not at all fiddly like I was expecting.
Melt the chocolate in hot water until there are no lumps before removing the air from the chocolate bag. At this point place a cap into the top of the nozzle on the bag to make sure you don’t spill melted chocolate everywhere before placing the chocolate bag inside the pen.
Again this process was easy although I found my hand kept touching the switch which sent the motor working before I was ready to have over the assembled pen to Miss A. Thankfully we had a cap in place.
There are two ways to use the chocolate pen, the first being a free hand drawing style on a piece of baking paper. As long as the design links up, it will remove easily from the paper after being in the freezer for ten minutes.
The other way is to use the chocolate moulds provided and make your own chocolates. By having more than one bag of melted chocolate in different colours, you can add a layer in the base of the mould to form the detailing on the chocolate and then fill with another colour chocolate once the first layer has melted.
Miss A spent ages making her chocolate designs and then chocolates for herself and friends. I found the chocolates set well when leaving in the freezer for longer than ten minutes. From a parental perspective, I think the chocolate pen has some really lovely qualities to provide hours of fun, however there were also some slight design flaws such as the position of the switch to activate the motor.
I did find that the chocolate came out of the pen in a decent flow, not too fast and not too slowly either. The bags of melted chocolate provided around five minutes worth of design time before needing another bag to be added.
The bags themselves are quite small so not too much chocolate is used in one bag, however I did find cleaning the bags to be quite difficult and the cleaning process needs to be done straight away and not left for the chocolate to set.
For the price tag of £19.99 I think the Real Baking chocolate pen is a great gift idea for any budding baker in the family.
Disclosure – we received the chocolate pen free of charge but all opinions are our own