Even at 11, Olivia still loves Kinder Eggs and pretty much any chocolate you can get a surprise inside of. Combine this with her love of making things, it came as no surprise (sorry) that she asked for the Chocolate Egg SURPRISE Maker when she saw it on TV.
After attending the Blog On Conference in September, we were kindly offered the chance to review one and let you all know what we think of it.
Chocolate Egg SURPRISE Maker is pretty much exactly that. It’s a small toy designed to help you make your own chocolate eggs and put surprises in. You get two capsules to make the eggs and 4 cases to go inside to hold the surprise. Some small bags to melt the chocolate in, foil to wrap the eggs along with the egg maker itself. No cooking as such, just hot water needed to melt the chocolate and you’re good to go.
In hindsight, reading the instructions as you go isn’t the best. We ended up skipping steps and doing what we thought we should do. DEFINITELY read them through beforehand so you all know what to do and exactly how it works. It’s safe to say our first attempt ended up a bit of a mess. But round two fared much better. It’s pretty simple when you know what to do but it does seem pretty confusing at first I have to admit.
It is easy to set up and fun to do. Olivia, her 13-year-old cousin and her 4-year-old sister all managed to take turns and work it pretty well. So on that front, there were no issues. But during our attempts to perfect the perfect surprise egg we did come across a few things. There are some tips and tricks involved in getting your surprise egg to make an actual egg and one you can eat.
Chocolate Surprise Egg Maker Review Tips
Use Cheap Chocolate
We were sent come Galaxy to try this out and it didn’t end well. We also attempted to use Cadburys Giant Buttons. Again it wasn’t the best but better than the Galaxy. We ended up striking lucky with some Swiss Cooking Chocolate I found for 99p in Home Bargains but other bloggers have had success with Aldi chocolate buttons and other cheaper brands too.
Grease the mould
One of the tips in the instruction sheet was to put a little vegetable oil in the mould to help it come out easy. Our first attempt resulted in us opening up the mould and for the chocolate to have not stuck as an egg resulting in both halves of the mould being lined with chocolate and none around the surprise casing.
I poured a little vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen roll and wiped the inside of the case before adding the chocolate. This worked much better and resulted in us being able to have an actual egg.
Chill not Freeze.
You are advised to place the egg in the freezer for 30 mins to set it before wrapping it. We didn’t have any success doing this and possibly due to the reason mentioned above, we didn’t have a useable egg after the 30 minutes were up. However on the successful try, with the vegetable oil, we left them in the fridge for over an hour and voila! Perfect! Worth a try if you are struggling to set your egg.
As you can see we did have varying levels of success and eventually found the right method that works for us. My plan was to make some just before Christmas to place little treats in for Olivia’s aunties for Aunties Xmas Bags, but after so many attempts to make an actual egg, we are running low on supplies. You do get a decent amount of supplies and you can purchase refill packs too. Now we have got the hang of it we may well still do this for them.
It really doesn’t take long to make them and all the kids enjoyed it. This way you get to know what they are getting to save the tears if they don’t get the toy they want. Plus after making it themselves, chances are the chocolate won’t go to waste like it does when I usually buy them!
You can purchase the Chocolate Surprise Egg Maker from Toys R Us for £22.98 (currently on offer for £18.98) and Argos for £22.99 (currently on the 3 for 2 offer ). Below is my own Amazon Affiliate link meaning I get a small commission if you purchase via the link at no extra cost to you.