Age suitability: 6 years +
You will need:
- 1x powder-free latex glove
- 500g white chocolate (this may vary depending on the size of the glove)
- Something to act as the nails – almond flakes or dark chocolate both work well
- 200g chocolate biscuits
- 2x strawberry laces
- 1 heat safe bowl
- 1 spoon
- 1 elastic band
- 1 large dish
- 1 plastic sandwich bag
- 1 saucepan
- Freshly boiled water
- Wooden pegs
- 2 glass tumblers
- 1 funnel or a spouted jug
1. Thoroughly wash the glove inside and out and then leave to dry completely before continuing.
2. Fill your saucepan up halfway with boiling water and rest your heat-safe bowl on the top. Break up the white chocolate and place in the bowl. Stir the chocolate gently as it melts. You can use the microwave to melt your chocolate if you prefer, but it is advised you do so using a low wattage.
Top tip: To avoid lumpy chocolate, separate the 500g into two halves and melt it 250g at a time.
3. Whilst your chocolate is melting, secure your glove so that the opening is at the top and neatly opened up. We pegged the edge of our glove to the rims of two glasses in order to keep it open.
4. Place your choice of nails in the bottom of each finger of the glove. An almond flake or dot of dark chocolate works well for this. Alternatively, you can add nails after the hand has set.
5. Once your chocolate has melted, carefully pour it into the open glove until roughly 2/3 of the glove is filled. You may wish to transfer your chocolate to a spouted jug beforehand or use a funnel to do this. Carefully push the chocolate downwards to remove air bubbles and ensure the fingers of the glove are filled.
6. Once you’re happy that the glove is properly filled, fold the end of the glove over without disturbing the chocolate and secure in place with an elastic band.
7. You can now place your glove in the fridge to set. Keep in mind that the chocolate will change shape depending on how you position the glove so be careful about how you place it. We hung our glove over the edge of a fridge shelf and used a heavy jar placed on the end of the glove to make sure it didn’t fall off.
Top tip: This step is your chance to experiment with the shape of the hand if you’re feeling brave. Try placing a pencil under the fingers to give them a curled and crooked effect, or use string to carefully secure the fingers into the position you want.
8. Leave the glove in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours. If possible, leave it overnight to ensure it is completely set.
9. Once your chocolate has set, remove the glove from the fridge and remove the elastic band. You can now gently start to peel your glove away from the chocolate until it’s completely removed. Take particular care when removing the glove from the fingers as these are the most fragile part of the structure and are easy to break.
You have now made your chocolate hand!
10. Prepare the soil that your hand will emerge from by placing your chocolate biscuits in the plastic sandwich bag. Smash up the biscuits until you achieve a fine crumble and then pour the crumbs into your large dish.
Top tip: Add some larger crumbs to the mix for a more realistic texture.
11. Place your chocolate hand into the biscuit soil and position as if it belongs to a zombie emerging from the earth. Sprinkle some biscuit crumbs over the hands for a more realistic look.
12. You can now decorate your zombie hand as you wish. We’ve used strawberry laces as worms and have threaded them through the soil and around the fingers.
Serve your Halloween zombie hand at the centre of your table surrounded by other spooky treats. Offer guests a bowl and spoon to eat the ‘soil’ and carefully break the hand apart to eat. The chocolate can be quite solid although it should soften after being left at room temperature for a little while – please do not use a knife to cut as this could be dangerous.
Other fun ideas to try out:
– Create your own jelly worms using thick straws and jelly. If it’s an adult party, why not try adding some alcohol to the jelly.
– Use melted chocolate or strawberry jam to add gory details to your hand using a piping bag or thin brush.
– Add a small amount of green food colouring to your melted white chocolate to give your zombie hand a green tinge
– Add spiders to your soil for a more scary appeal. If you use plastic spiders then make sure the kids know these are not to be eaten, or otherwise try making your own using black icing.
– Fill the glove halfway with chocolate and leave to set. Then add a blob of strawberry jam and pour the rest of the melted chocolate over the top to conceal it. You will then have a great gory surprise when you break the hand open.
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