DIY Christmas Candy Bars


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Presently, ChezKG is a pitiful display of holiday cheer. The tree is up and the ornaments are hung; we did get that far. Our menorah is missing a candle, and I’m not sure what happened to it. It was there a few days ago. There are a few remnants of Thanksgiving decor on the dining room table. I’ve decided that autumn leaves do have a certain Christmassy spirit to them…that’s what I’m telling myself.

This year has just been busy – especially the last couple of months. Next year, I plan on hiring a holiday decorating specialist to get this place into ship shape. Clearly, I can’t be trusted to make it happen!

On top of all my terrible holiday preparation, I have yet to purchase one.single.gift.  I’m embarrassed for myself. I have really slacked on my usually holiday crafting. It’s bad people. I have a name for this: Procraftination. I’m a Christmas Procraftinator. I’ve waited until the last minute to get anything done – so I’m here to share an idea for procraftinators like me.

I was inspired by this post on the Clear & Simple Stamps blog to create some yummy and creative chocolate bark candy bars. It’s very easy and you likely have all the supplies on hand!

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  • Dark Chocolate Chips, which you will melt over a double boiler or in the microwave.
  • A large-sentiment stamp set (I used Hero Arts Greetings for the Holidays)
  • A clear, food-safe box (I used these boxes from Clear Bags. This site offers a wide selection of food safe boxes.)
  • Assortment of chocolate bark toppings (e.g. dried apricots, dried cherries, toasted almonds, toasted cashews)

DIY Candy Bar Instructions

1) Trim off one of the sides of the box as showed, then use tape to secure the flaps on the outside of box lid.

2) Place one of the sentiment stamps inside of the box

3) Pour melted chocolate into the “mold”

4) Tap the mold gently to get a smooth finish on the top of your candy bars.

DIY Chocolate Bark with Toppings

Last, you’ll sprinkle the toppings on the melted chocolate then place the mold in the refrigerator until the chocolate is solid. Now for the reveal!!

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One you remove the chocolate from the mold, you’re left with an AWESOME customized candy bar! Pretty cool, right?

Finished Chocolate Bark Candy Bar

And on the back of the chocolate bar are those yummy topping that make this treat extra special.

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When your chocolate bars are all done, grab your craft supplies and start creating some fun packaging!

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I first wrapped each bar in chocolate, then created stamped wrappers and labels onto cardstock! These were super easy to make, so don’t be afraid to give it a try!

And before I go….

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  • We’ve continued to have awesome support for Drawn Together! The dollar donation total is up to $4087.48 – I get chills typing that. I cannot believe your generosity! This money will go toward assembling additional kits beyond our initial goal of 50 as well as the assembly and delivery of these kits!

 

  • Join me on Instagram and Twitter to see photos of the process as more and more supplies arrive to the Drawn Together Project!

 

  • DoodleBox and Ribbon Carousel are both donating 10% of their sales to this cause! Damask Love sponsor, Lilly Belle Paperie has also joined the cause to supply ribbon for our kits! Lilly Belles will match your order yard for yard and send that ribbon directly to Drawn Together. If you buy one yard for yourself, Lilly Belle will send us one yard. If you buy 50 yards for yourself, Lilly Belle will send us 50 yards! When placing your order, please mention the Drawn Together project.

 

  • Given the immense response the Drawn Together, I will be reserving some of the assembled kits to share with the children of Newtown in the coming months after this tragedy. Yesterday, I spoke with a board member of the Everwonder Children’s Museum in Newtown who relayed the following message: “What I’m hearing from the families is that they feel okay right now, but they are scared for what will happen in a few months when everyone has forgotten.” Sadly, it is all too common for the donations to wane in the months and years following a tragedy like this, and I want to be sure that our efforts continue to be meaningful to this community well after the media has left and the donations have subsided.

 

16 comments

  1. Bee on said:

    amazing, will be giving this a go!

  2. Denise on said:

    Love this chocolate idea. I must be a dunce though. I got stuck on step one. What???

    • amber on said:

      LOL! Denise, you cracked me up with this comment. You are not a dunce! So, usually when you assemble a box like this, you would fold down the two flaps then secure the lid. For this project, fold the lid down then the flaps. If you were to fold the flaps first, they would be on the inside of the mold, and the melted chocolate would sort of flow into those creases…make sense at all, yet? I know this is weird. Grab a box and give it a try and that might help! The instructions alone make it sound confusing but I promise, it’s not!

  3. oh my! I just got those clear stamps, too! What a yummy project!

  4. Rae Ramses on said:

    Shut the front door, Amber! You’re killing me! These are AWESOME!

  5. Pai on said:

    OMG, i wish i was on your gift list! that looks delish! I will be sending a couple of boxes of supplies your way. You are one amazing chica!

  6. CARMEN on said:

    this wont mess up ur stamps

  7. chark on said:

    love the candy idea! And I love the idea of sending kits later as I’ve heard they are absolutely inundated with gifts. Or, donating the kits to a local teen shelter. Or anywhere that needs them. thank you for doing this!

  8. Judy on said:

    I’m pretty sure this is a lame question but can you use stamps that you’ve used before to stamp with? Can I wash them? Wish I would’ve seen this before Christmas but will definitely do next year!

    • amber on said:

      I am sure you could use them with stamps you’ve already used! (Not a lame question! LOL!) I would just suggest that you clean them with soap and water. Even if they are stained, as long as they are clean, I’m sure they’d be fine for this project!

  9. kit on said:

    Such a cool idea! Given the array of sentiment stamps out there, so many possibilities and not just limited to the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Elena Voronina on said:

    Just amazing!

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