Reviewed by Nia Lock
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking and decorating and so a chocolate pen sounded like just the sort of toy we’d like to try out as part of our baking adventures.
The box looks very exciting, it really appealed to my children and they couldn’t wait to open it and get started. The chocolate pen requires 2 of the small AAA batteries, you do need a screwdriver to access the battery compartment but once that’s done you’re all set to begin creating.
The chocolate pen is simple to use. The first step is to melt the chocolate, I prefer to do this in a bowl over boiling water but you can use the microwave in short bursts. You dip the pen into the melted chocolate and switch the sliding switch up to fill mode and then the motorised plunger automatically draws up and all you need to do is keep the pen nib at the bottom of the bowl. It stops itself when it’s full. The next step is to move the switch from fill to draw and pop the drawing tip on and then you are ready to start. Holding down the large button on the side of the pen causes the chocolate to flow out and taking your finger off the button stops the flow.
The pen is quite large to hold especially for small hands but once they got the hang of it we were able to get lots of the moulds filled with barely any mess at all. Once you’ve mostly filled the mould using the pen then the little stir stick is used to push the chocolate into the tiny details like the ladybirds antennae and the unicorns horn.
The chocolate pen doesn’t come with any chocolate or other edible parts and so if you wanted to recreate the bright designs illustrated on the box then you would need to purchase colourings that are suitable for colouring chocolate as normal food colouring doesn’t always give a reliable colour result due to the fat content of chocolate. Alternatively you could use pre coloured candy melts which would give you the lovely bright colours seen on the box, candy melts don’t taste as good as chocolate in my opinion but they are designed for this type of decorating and the instructions do recommend using melting wafers would probably give a better overall result than just chocolate. If you want to change colour then you do need to wash the pen in between.
When it was time to clean the chocolate pen I was pleasantly surprised by how efficient the plunger mechanism had been at fully emptying the cartridge of melted chocolate. The only wastage was around the nib where it had been dipped into the melted chocolate to fill it.
The moulds included with the chocolate pen are Blume themed and there are some really appealing shapes such as an owl, a bee, a cupcake and some smiling cherries. Our favourite is the lolly one. The chocolates popped out of the mould easily once we’d chilled them. We didn’t manage much freehand drawing with the pen, we may need to practice for that but we did have a lot of fun and we now have some lovely chocolate shapes to enjoy.
This product can be purchased from the Smyths Toys website here.