Over the weekend, I found Rosanna Pansino’s baking items at Target! The nearest store to carry her items when they first came out was about 20 minutes away, so Monkey and I went once and bought a gummy kit but we don’t shop at that store often. To my surprise, in Target’s Valentine’s Day section I stumbled upon some of her fun baking line items and finally decided to splurge on the $30 Wilton Nerdy Nummies Chocolate Melting Pot.
Wow. Where have you been all of my life?
I could’ve bought it slightly cheaper elsewhere with coupons and went with the regular Wilton version, not the branded for Nerdy Nummies, but since we have learned so much from Rosanna Pansino on her YouTube Channel, I felt good supporting her in this way.
Making My Own Chocolate Covered…
I couldn’t wait to try it out, especially after my chocolate melting mishap with thin mint cookies last weekend. On Sunday, I plopped Mr. Crab on the counter and we went to work (easy work!) melting chocolates to cover my homemade marshmallows.
The chocolate took about 10 minutes to fully melt. Then I added some coconut oil to make it a bit thinner. This worked out so well, I am shocked I never bought this sooner.
It is so easy to use, keeps the chocolate warm, and then cleanup is a breeze. You let the chocolate cool and can put in a bag to reuse later or put the whole thing in the dishwasher to clean up.
The marshmallows turned out so well, I decided to make myself some peanut butter cups. I have found I can’t consume most normal brands of chocolate due to gluten reactions, so with this new device, I’ll be making my own chocolates!
Don’t mind the white bread on the counter. That’s the only bread Monkey will consume for lunch, ugh. I was giving him gluten-free versions that I bought for everyone in the house, but he just wasn’t eating so alas I buy a loaf a week for his jelly-only sandwiches.
Back to the chocolate! We have a good peanut butter recipe to simulate Reese’s cups, but I just plopped in some tasty peanut butter I had on hand and that worked just as well.
Look at those delicious peanut butter cups!
Previously, if I wanted homemade chocolates I would have to convince Chris to make them for me. He had the patience to work with melting chocolate in the microwave over and over and then filling the molds. With this new handy-dandy device, I no longer have to convince him. I can just do it myself!
Learning to Do For Myself
And this year people, it is all about learning to do more for me and having to ask less of other people (where possible).
Win! I now have learned to edit my own podcasts in Audacity from taking a Lynda course, as well as having Chris show me a few things. The more I can be self-reliant in some areas, the better. Plus, it’s less work for him to do and frees up more of his time for other things.
On the other hand, waiting until Chris wanted to make me chocolate probably saved my waistline! In the end, now that I can make it myself I probably won’t eat the chocolate as quickly knowing I can always make more. There isn’t the scarcity feel there anymore.
Just you wait, I’ll be making my own chocolate soon without the use of these candy melts. I have made homemade coconut oil/cocoa powder chocolates before but the melting always was an issue. This new device will take that issue away.
Homemade chocolates, come to mama!