Though we had not even a nickel along in our pockets, I humored my hungry brood half way by letting them type in the codes to reveal the prices of the treats for sale. Candy bar or chips for $2.00 (Canadian), anyone? Even my children realized that the prices were exorbitant.
When we returned home, my 9-year-old asked if we had any chocolate chips. She thought it would be fun to melt them and make her own candy bars, no coinage required. Since it is blazing hot this week, melting the chips proved easy. We simply used solar power, as I like to do to dry my clothes.
Here's how we formed our own chocolate candy bars...
Step 1: Assemble the ingredients and equipment.
We lined a glass bread pan with waxed paper and added chocolate chips
and a few almonds. Then we covered the pan with plastic wrap.
Step 2: Place the pan in the sun to bake.
We set the pan on a metal roof (though any sunny spot would do)
until the chocolate melted. We stirred the chips to form a smooth layer,
and then set the chocolate out again.
Step 3: Cool and cut the chocolate bars.
After cooling the pan in the freezer (or fridge), the bars were ready to cut.
We used a sharp knife, since the chocolate was very firm.
If you are interested in healthier chocolate recipes, I have recipes for dairy free chocolate pudding, chocolate waffles and chocolate donuts posted at my new food blog, Swirls and Spice.