With a few minutes, a chocolate mold and a little creativity, you can make the perfect take-home favor.
Before you can make your favor, there are a few items you'll need to have handy. First, decide whether you want to go with a classic shape or a favor that's themed to match your event -- and buy your chocolate mold accordingly. You can find molds at craft stores (like Michaels) or purchase them online. Next, purchase Candy Melts® (Wilton, $3) chocolate that's made for the molds or melt your own organic chocolate. If you don't see the color of chocolate that you had in mind, buy white chocolate and food coloring to match your theme. You can get plant-based food coloring at places like Whole Foods, or you can buy organic primary food colors (Chocolate Craft Kits, $15) online. Lastly, if you're going for chocolate pops, also grab some lollipop sticks (Wilton, $2-$4).
Clean and dry your molds. Make sure they are thoroughly dry before you place any chocolate in them. Find a flat working surface and lay out your molds and your sticks (if you're using them).
If you opt to microwave, place your Candy Melts® in a microwavable bowl and microwave according to the directions on the package. If you opted for food coloring, mix the desired amount in after you've melted the chocolate, then stir. Note: it's always better to start with less food coloring and add more to saturate it with color, if needed. If you're not a fan of using the microwave, you can use a Wilton Chocolate Pro Electric Melting Pot (Amazon, $25) to easily melt and pour your chocolate into the molds.
Slowly pour your chocolate into the molds. Once the molds are filled, gently tap the mold to level out the chocolate and release air bubbles. Gently place your lollipop sticks into the chocolate and let them rest on the mold. If you over-poured the chocolate, don't worry about cleaning it off the mold. Once it dries, it's easy to pull off.
Freeze, then pop
Load your molds into the freezer, lay them on a flat surface and let the chocolate cool approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Once the chocolate is completely solid, flip the mold upside down and the chocolate should fall out. Gently tap the mold to shake the chocolate loose, if needed.
Hand-wrap each chocolate favor in clear party bags (Wilton, $2) with a thank you note for your guests. You can either display your favors -- in clear boxes, glass vases or on decorative platters -- or enlist your kids to help personally hand them to each guest as the party is winding down.