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Reviewed by Amanda Dando
Chocolate Gifts | Chocolate Delivery | Cadbury Gifts Direct
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate House Kit. When I was asked to review this item, I had no clue that this was even a thing! I have four grandchildren, so usually every year we buy a gingerbread house kit and have an attempt at what looks a relatively easy thing to do. Invariably we do it very very badly, but the kids get a huge amount of enjoyment from having a try.
I think that is the trick is not to take these things too seriously, especially me, I never did get a Brownie badge for crafting, my skills are very very limited, in fact my two and a half year old grandson possibly has far more skill in this department than me.
The kit comes with everything you need except icing sugar, which most of us usually have in our cupboards, especially at this time of the year. There are a total of six bars of Cadburys milk chocolate in the pack, of which two are a winter wonderland edition with lovely white chocolate Christmas trees on (thankfully, as I broke into a sweat thinking I had to do that bit myself!). There is also two packs of white buttons for decoration purposes along with a chocolate flake for the roof. There is a helpful cutting template along with instructions in nine simple steps.
I would suggest if you are letting little ones help you that you clear maybe your table so there is length of room and maybe use a chopping board as your base whilst building it. My grandson was more interested in trying to eat the chocolate to be fair, but he was eager to help at every step of the way. You absolutely have to do the cutting of the chocolate as an adult, and we recruited Grandad for this part, as if he ruined the bar of chocolate we could then blame him. The best thing about this kit is it’s easy enough to go and buy replacements bars of chocolate should the process go horribly wrong, you could also use white chocolate if you keep the template and build another house.
The chocolate you cut off to make the front and back walls is not wasted and you melt this to use to bond the chocolate together to make the walls. My grandson hugely enjoyed this part of the process, I would strongly suggest not having them wear white clothes for this part, and possibly invest in an apron. It was hugely enjoyable to watch the concentration. The flake tops the roof and you can use icing to add those final touches, adding windows and a door.
Having now used both a gingerbread house and the chocolate kit, on balance the chocolate is by far my favourite. The little ones have never eaten the gingerbread, whereas no sooner was the chocolate house completed and it was being eaten. It was a great way to spend an hour or so, and I would recommend for all ages really, even our grown up children were impressed with the final product, chocolate all round!
This product can be purchased from Cadburys here.