The last couple of years, we have made gingerbread houses and most of the time they have collapsed with the heat here in Queensland, Australia. I have also noticed that the gingerbread house doesn’t get eaten like a lot of the other foods in our house, coming to the conclusion that we aren’t really a family that likes gingerbread.
So this year, instead of a gingerbread house, I decided to create a house out of chocolate.
To build this house, you will need:
- 2x 170g Kit Kat Family Blocks
- 2 x 200g Cadbury Crunchie Blocks
- 2 x 200g Cadbury Dairy Milk Blocks
- 1 bag Cadbury Chocolate Melts ~ I used Milk Chocolate
- 1 bag Christmas M&Ms
- 1 container of Apple Tic Tacs
- 1 jar silver cachous
- a couple of zip lock lunch bags, scissors
- microwave bowl, wooden spoon, metal spoon
Notes: I used the Kit Kat blocks for the roof, the Crunchie blocks for the long sides of the house and the Dairy Milk blocks are the ones I cut for the front and back of the house. I recommend purchasing an extra block or two for spares in case one is cracked or you crack one while cutting out the shapes.
Now I didn’t take any photos of us making the house, as we were having a ball eating all the excess chocolate and trying to work quickly so that it didn’t melt, but this is how we did it. Also, I left the chocolate blocks in the fridge and took them out one at a time when needed to stop it from melting too quickly.
- Using two blocks of chocolate, measure them one vertical and one horizontal against each other. The vertical one will be the front/back of the house and the horizontal one will be the side of the house. Cut out the triangle part of the block of chocolate with a heated metal knife, making sure the bottom edge is the same height as the wall block. In my picture above, you can see I have four rows of chocolate and then I cut the triangle piece up from there.
- Melt the chocolate melts in the microwave following the instructions on the back of the packet.
- When the chocolate it melted, spoon it into a zip lock bag with a metal spoon.
- After making sure the ziplock bag is fully locked, snip a small corner off the bottom of the bag. This is where you will squeeze the chocolate out of.
- Now it is time to start the construction process. Collect your board or mat that you want to build your house on. I used a small wooden cutting board that would fit in my fridge. Squeeze some of the melted chocolate along the bottom of one of the triangle pieces and place down onto the board. Hold for about 30 secs and then use a bowl or filled water bottles to hold this side up while it sets.
- Then squeeze some melted chocolate along the long side and the edges of one of the side walls of chocolate and place it on the outside of the triangle piece of chocolate.
- Then add the other side in the same way.
- Lastly add the last triangle block of chocolate and let the house sit until all the melted chocolate is set.
- To add the roof, pipe the melted chocolate over the tops of the house walls and gently lay the kit kat block on top. Once it is steady and the chocolate is setting, you can add the other side.
- Now it is time to decorate how you like!
I have just come across a site with a house similar to ours and they have photo instructions if you need them. Stop by Festival Girl to have a look.