Make Your Own Chocolate – Review & Giveaway

Fun Easy Recipes For Kids recently had the pleasure of reviewing a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit by Verve. Find out how you can win your own kit (or choose from three others) at the end of my review.

Verve Inc, created after a visit to Northern Guatemala, is a woman-owned, fair trade certified business. Their  mission is to create environmentally and socially responsible products. I personally admire companies that incorporate environmental and social awareness into their business model and it’s companies like Verve, that deserve our business and support. Along with their candy making kits, they also create Glee Gum, a sustainably harvested chewing gum.

One of the many cool things about this company is their partnership with Trees For The Future. For each box of Glee Gum that is purchased and recorded on their site, they will plant a tree in your name. How awesome is that!!

Their site is full of interactive, educational and fun information for families and kids. Check out the photo journal of how their gum is made, from start to finish. There’s also lesson plans, fun facts and the history of each of their products designed to educate and inspire.

And if that wasn’t enough – their kit makes delicious chocolate too!

The kit, which makes 8 oz. of dark chocolate, came with everything pictured above;

  • organic cocoa butter
  • cocoa powder
  • confectioners sugar
  • starter crystals
  • temperature indicator
  • paper candy liners
  • story of chocolate, instructions and coupons

The instructions were very easy to understand and the whole process took about 30 minutes, including time for  photo taking. After melting the cocoa butter, we stirred in the sugar and cocoa powder. Using the thermometer strip, we stirred until it reached 94 degrees. After that we added the starter crystals, poured the chocolate into the paper liners and refrigerated for 15 minutes.

While we waited, I will admit there was a little power struggle over who got to finger-lick the bowl, but my husband & I pulled rank and our daughters lost.

No, I’m joking.


Kind of. ;-)


The chocolate was delicious and the whole process was entertaining and fun! I’m already planning on buying another one for our homeschool group.


You can use the store locator on their site to find out where to buy locally, or you can order directly from their website. We’d like to give you the chance to try your own kit for free and one lucky winner will be able to choose a chocolate, chewing gum or gummie make-it-yourself kit. Continental United States only.

Using the rafflecopter below, you’ll have five different ways to enter.

Giveaway ends  Aug. 3, 2012 at 12:01 EST

Good luck!!


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  1. Lana Bandoim says:

    This looks like a fun kit. I haven’t seen this company before.
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  2. olivia kirby says:

    Hello! This kit looks fab, am definitely entering. My eldest would love to do this.

  3. olivia kirby says:

    Oh sorry US only! good luck everyone x

  4. i would love to try this, looks like alot of fun, would be gr8 for the Holidays!
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  5. Lena Nguyen says:

    I entered
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  6. We homeschool and this would be awesome for science!
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  7. Kristen says:

    YUM!!! Kristen cliffsgirl2001 at yahoo dot com
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  8. Lindsey says:

    I love chocolate so I would love this. Yum!
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  9. Leah says:

    You have no idea how badly I want to eat that picture…YUM!
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  10. Alicia Keen says:

    i entered! pixystik4u at gmail dot com

  11. krystle says:

    I entered thanks for the yummy giveaway!

  12. Sounds like a fun kit. THnaks
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  13. Juliana says:

    Great giveaway!

  14. tammy says:

    Oh how I would luv to do this….it looks so easy to do…

  15. Sandra davis says:

    sounds yummy

  16. Entering! Looks delicious!

  17. Kelly says:

    Oh man this kit looks awesome!
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  18. Sage says:

    Yum! I entered :)

  19. Laura says:

    I entered. :)

  20. Cynthia Rayne says:

    Looks like a fun kit. My nieces would love it!

  21. Shannon Baas says:

    This would be a blast.

  22. Mary Calabrese says:

    Yes, I entered!

  23. Sara Zielinski says:

    I entered because I love chocolate!

  24. Alena T says:

    My kids would love this – I entered
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  25. Katie R says:

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  26. Looks like fun. Thanks in advance! Consider me entered!

  27. jared says:

    this would be awesome for the lil sis’s birthday

  28. Tia says:

    I am entering. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Iliana R says:

    I entered! I would love to win!

  30. Kimberly R says:

    I entered! Thank you!

  31. Michelle Smith says:

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  32. Richard Morris says:

    i entered & can’t wait to try this!

  33. tamar says:

    i entered :)

  34. Kristen says:

    I collect toys and fun things for the kids at Ronald McDonald House, and I’m sure they could have fun with this.

  35. kathy dunaway says:

    I entered. Thanks for the giveaway:)

  36. Cristen C. says:

    I entered! THanks for the giveaway!
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  37. Beth Hill says:

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  38. Pauline M says:

    This looks like ALOT of fun!

  39. Sarah says:

    So delicious looking!

  40. Austin Baroudi says:

    This looks wonderful! Count me in!

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  42. Heidi says:

    I entered-this looks awesome!
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  43. Heather Garcia says:

    Entered!! Thanks for the chance!!

  44. Dorothy Doll says:

    What a fun project to do with kids.

  45. Harold D says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  46. Les Johnsno says:

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  47. kendra W says:

    I entered! Thanks so much for the opportunity

  48. Diane Baum says:

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  50. Linda Trinklein says:

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  51. Leslie B says:

    I entered, thank you!

  52. Samantha K says:

    Thank you. These look delicious!

  53. amanda whitley says:

    i entered!

  54. Paige Kelley says:

    I entered! Thanks for the chances!

  55. Jessica Rose says:

    I entered! Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Jill says:

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  57. Michelle W says:

    I entered, thanks for the giveaway

  58. BrianandJ says:

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  59. Jason says:

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  60. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I entered!Thanks

  61. Ed Nemmers says:

    Chocolate makes my toes curl!

  62. Tim Lintz says:

    I entered. Thanks for the opportunity

  63. David says:

    I entered as well.

  64. Jammie says:

    entering the giveaway :)
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  65. michelle colon says:

    mmm i love chocolate!!!! thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Kim W says:

    Entered, thanks for the chance to win

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  72. Allison Marie says:

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  75. Mary Dailey says:

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  76. Barb K says:

    I entered the giveaway. This looks easy to use. Great looking chocolate.

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  78. holly says:

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