The other day I was in the kitchen working on my first Super Bowl recipe when my husband came in and said, “I have an idea for a Super Bowl post.” Now, my husband is a computer engineer – smart, yes, creative, not so much. So, I looked up inquisitively not expecting much, but to my surprise his idea was quite genius. I never should have doubted him:)
He suggested I re-purpose my chocolate chalkboards (pictured at left) to feature diagrams of football plays for Super Bowl parties. Fun, right? So, as soon as I was finished working on my Prosciutto and Asiago Rice Cake Footballs, I got busy making two large choc-boards which could be used as centerpieces and either broken up and eaten as dessert or given away as prizes at the end of a Super Bowl party. I also made some 3 1/2″ x 2″ choc-boards that can be used as party favors. As I did before, I made white chocolate chalk which I used to draw on one of my boards (pictured below.) I used another technique for the second board (pictured above.) I recently saw where Lindsay Ann from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe had the wonderful idea to use a toothpick to scratch out the words on a chocolate bar before brushing powdered sugar over it. While, up close you do notice the letters have been etched into the chocolate instead of drawn on with chalk, the final result is quite good. I do have to say I like the look of the board made with the white chocolate chalk a bit better as the letters really look like they were made with chalk, but it is more work, so using the toothpick is a great time saving option; plus it works particularly well on the smaller boards.
like me, you aren’t familiar with football plays, either copy one
of the diagrams on my boards, or do an Internet search for “football
plays, chalkboard.” You’ll find several different diagrams you can use.
Football Play Diagram on a Choc-Board
optional decorations: modeling chocolate (recipe here)
disposable pastry bag or a zip top bag
glass filled with a few inches of sugar
wooden skewer or toothpick
optional: business card (3 1/2″ x 2″) candy bar molds
(I used a large non-stick baking pan for the large bars)
Candy Bars (You can buy them or make them.)
Break the candy chalk into pieces that you can use to write on the boards. Use the white chocolate chalk to draw a football play on your chocolate chalk board. As the white chocolate chalk softens from the heat of your hands, it might break. Just use another piece.
Sprinkle a small amount of powdered sugar over the candy bar. Brush it off using a pastry brush. This highlights the chalk marks and makes your boards look more like a real chalkboard. You can, if you want, use a paper towel to erase your diagram. Then you can draw another one before brushing on more powdered sugar. Now this technique will only work a few times before you start seeing your last play under the new one, but it does make for some fun during your party.
You can use some melted chocolate to attach the chalk to your finished chalkboards, if you’d like.
Optional toothpick method:
Use a toothpick to scratch out the diagram of a football play on the chocolate chalkboard. Use a pastry brush to brush off the chocolate crumbs.
Sprinkle on some powdered sugar. Brush it off using a pastry brush. The powdered sugar fills in the etched grooves so that the diagram now shows up well and looks like white chalk marks. This diagram is now permanently etched into the chalkboard, so you can’t plan to make any changes.
You can see how the board on the left, made with the white chocolate chalk is a little more natural looking. The one on the right made with the toothpicks looks pretty good too; it has more powdered sugar on it which helps the etched diagram show up well.
To add a frame around your chalkboard:
Package your small chocolate chalkboards in cellophane bags and tie with ribbons in your favorite team’s colors. I guess that means in 2012 all of your bars will have red, white, and blue whether you’re cheering for the Patriots or the Giants. Your large choc-boards can be set on an easel and used as a centerpiece for your table, set on a platter and served as dessert, or packaged in cellophane and given as a prize.