Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cha Cha Chocolate

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a super last minute idea or more likely – an early idea for next year. Just something quick and cute.

And if you don’t need any treats, you might want to mosey on down towards the middle of this post.


I made little heart chocolates. Hi.


And packaged them up like tiny candy bars. Too cute. And thanks for reading.

This is super easy. You’ll need a candy mold though. The product number is in the photo below if you want to search for it. I found mine at Cake Art. The squares are 1.25 inch.

And because I have a mini candy coating store growing in my kitchen, I decided to use some of it up for these.


Melt pink candy coating and then using a toothpick, draw heart shapes in the cavity of the candy molds. Let it dry and then pour melted chocolate candy coating over the top. Mercken’s is what I used for these. Fill the cavity enough so it reaches the corners without overflowing and then tap the mold on the counter to settle and even out the coating. Repeat with the remaining cavities. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to set and then pop them right out of the mold and place on wax paper. Repeat and repeat until you have what you need.

Of course, you make these even easier and unwrap existing candy bars to use.


Now the fun part. I had these pink foil wrappers that were lonely and waiting to cuddle something. They were really too big for the bars I made so I cut them in half.


Lay the chocolate on the wrapper, fold the two short pieces first and then the long ones.

The foil is super thin so you can press it pretty flat.

These are also fun to wrap up your cake pops if you do simple decorations.


After your bars are all wrapped in foil, you can add paper wrappers.

I created these with different sayings.


Even one for the pinterest lovers out there.

Here’s a pdf if you want it.


Making your own wrappers is a cute gift or favor idea. Use the same process and create your own wrappers for your theme. You can turn any candy bar into something a little more special.

But now let me tell you why I really made these.

I bought something for myself a few weeks ago that I thought was the cutest thing ever.

Or at least the cutest thing that week.

It was on sale thank goodness. Wanna see?

It goes with the theme so far.

And it’s really what inspired these tiny wrapped chocolate bars.

But this chocolate is a little bit bigger.

And sassier.


The good thing is it won’t melt in my hands.

Check it out. A Cha Cha Chocolate Clutch.


From Kate Spade.

Loving the label.


And look at the chocolate candy clasp.

I die.


And the inside lining. So cute.


It’s pretty big, too. Actually it’s a really big clutch.


Big enough to carry all my cha cha chocolates.


Thankfully it has a chain strap, too.


And yes, I couldn’t help but make little Cha Cha labels. It’s just too much fun to say.

But I haven’t mentioned the best part about this bag. It turns out I didn’t just buy one.

Yep. Right now I have one for each hand and that just looks plain silly.


So who wants to help me out and take one of these off my hands?



Enter for a chance to win a Kate Spade Cha Cha Chocolate Clutch.

  • Just leave a comment on this post and say something sweet about someone you love. It’s that kind of day you know.
  • Deadline to enter is Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6 pm ET. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner Announced Below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Thursday evening.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day and good luck!

Okay, cha cha time. Let’s see who won the cute clutch. By the way, I’m so glad I didn’t have to choose based on your comments. I would have never been able to pick. So many of you have the sweetest sweethearts in your lives. It made me so happy to read your comments. Smiles and smiles.

But the random winner is………

chachawinnerYay! Congratulations Gayl! Hope you have fun with the clutch.

Note: Giveaway sponsored by moi.

JennM said...

Oh, how adorable!

My hubby is the sweetest Valentine I could ask for. He feeds my need for cuteness by sending me pictures of fuzzy animals while I’m at work. Even though he’s naturally a messy person, he tries his best to clean and organize around the house when I’m not there. And he is always there to encourage me, to help me and to comfort me. I love you, honey!

February 16, 2012 11:52 AM
Jessica said...

My husband’s birthday is Valentine’s Day. Yet he always manages to do something so nice for me as well. He got candy and flowers for me from our sons, and then spoiled me with a bunch of presents as well. On HIS birthday!

February 16, 2012 11:54 AM
steph said...

Cute chocolates and cute purse! I am lucky; I have 5 wonderful valentines. My sweet nephews and niece!

February 16, 2012 11:54 AM
kellsey said...

I love my family and our cute little puppy! they are the best in the world

February 16, 2012 11:56 AM
Rose-Lynn said...

Love the cute little candy bars! Valentine’s Day should be celebrated everyday with the ones you love; that’s what I try to do. :)

February 16, 2012 11:56 AM
Deb said...

My mom is so special, she helps our family on a daily basis. I couldn’t make it without her. She always doing something nice for others. This would make her day!

February 16, 2012 11:59 AM
K8E R. said...

There’s been a guy, we’ll call him “Danny,” who’s been my friend for about 3 years. And to tell you the truth? I have a huge crush on him. He has almost always been there for me to encourage me and listen to me. Right now, he’s in a different state, at a different college than me, but I miss him. so. darn. much.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Danny! <3 I love you!

February 16, 2012 12:04 PM
Hilary said...

Such a cute little clutch – thank you for your generosity!
My valentine is my husband of 6 1/2 years…we have weathered our share of storms, but still seem to grow in our relationship and I love him with all my heart.

February 16, 2012 12:07 PM
Ana said...

I love all your creations, Bakerella!!! Now I MUST run and buy candy molds and pink foil *sigh*

My special someone is my husband. I love the little things he does for me, my favorites: tickling me awake and showering me with love on a lazy Sunday morning, and bringing me a glass of water every single night before I go to bed because he knows I wake up thirsty, it’s like a ritual now and I love it! :)

February 16, 2012 12:11 PM
Maura Correa said...

This year, I got to spend Valentine’s Day with my husband and my 3 month old son. It was our first love day as a family, and I can’t wait to spend many more lovely days with my two boys. I’m so lucky!

February 16, 2012 12:12 PM
amy b. said...

I have been hoping to get a Kate Spade purse for about 1 year now. My daughter is the best Valentine I could ever ask for. She’s only 11 but she will always have top spot in my heart!

February 16, 2012 12:12 PM
Debbie K said...

Cute chocolates! Cuter purse! My special someone would be my husband…he is the ABSOLUTE greatest!

February 16, 2012 12:14 PM
Katie said...

I love my sweet fiancee, Jon, so very much! Because I had surgery just before Valentines Day, we were not able to go out. But we enjoyed a nice evening together nonetheless :)

February 16, 2012 12:15 PM
Ali said...

Love me anything that has to do with chocolate!
My sweet husband, my best friend, there is no one that I would rather spend time with then him. He is the best.

February 16, 2012 12:16 PM
Theresa Brown said...

I had the best Valentine’s Day ever this year and it’s all because of my amazing boyfriend. We did absolutely nothing but just stay at home and watch a movie together. (I did happen to make him the cheescake bars from here and cut them in to little heart shapes which was messy but they looked fantastic!) But what I love most about my boyfriend is that we were perfectly happy just spending time together. He’s the first person who really sees me for who I am and we just connect in this way I never thought possible. He’s absolutely the sweetest! He would also think I was crazy if I ever showed up with that clutch but I think it’s fantastic! Hope everyone had a Valentine’s day filled with happiness and love!

February 16, 2012 12:17 PM
Laura in Vancouver Canada said...

My husband because he loves and supports me endlessly!

February 16, 2012 12:19 PM
Lacey said...

I love my sister so much I killed a scorpion for her!

February 16, 2012 12:20 PM
Tina said...

My sweet boyfriend, flying to New York tomorrow, I love you! Have fun and enjoy, I will most certainly miss you a lot. So much that words can’t even decribe it.

February 16, 2012 12:29 PM
Jeannie Acevedo said...

There is no one sweeter and no one that i love more than my daughter. She is my Sun, Moon, & Stars!!!

February 16, 2012 12:32 PM
Abigail said...

My sister is my best friend in the whole world! I’m so blessed to be able to work, shop and travel with her everyday. She’s the best and definitely keeps me grounded and sane!

February 16, 2012 12:34 PM
Sehrish said...

These are ADORABLE! I want some chocolates with a side of this fabulous purse!

My special valentine is my baby brother who is the family’s secret prized possession. He can make anyone laugh and goes far beyond his years in maturity <3 xoxo

February 16, 2012 12:35 PM
Evelyn said...

i received the best valentine’s gift from my hubby. it was not in the stuffed animal or toys he got for the kids and i. it wasn’t the flowers or all the lovely things he bought. the real gift was his words of encouragement on a homemade valentine card that blessed my socks off! not only did he give me one super encouraging, loving and romantic card, but he made them for the kids also! they highlighted all the great things my kids do and how their personalities differ and are awesome in their own way!! what a man!! thank you for the lovely contest!! i hope you also had a great valentine’s day!

February 16, 2012 12:35 PM
Katie said...

These little chocolates are soooooo adorable!! I love my little sister, Emily. She has been one of my best friends my whole life!!

February 16, 2012 12:35 PM
Ashlynn said...

My fiance is wonderfully sweet. He made me an edible bouquet of chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapple for Valentines day. I got him some chocolate, too, but it wasn’t nearly as interesting. :P

February 16, 2012 12:36 PM
FiFi said...

To the one I love: “To the world you are one person but to me, you are the world.”

I adore this Kate Spade purse almost as much as I adore Bakerella! xoxo from Britain

February 16, 2012 12:37 PM
Amy M said...

Love the chocolates you made and love the clutch!

February 16, 2012 12:42 PM
Nancy said...

I have 3 valentines! My lovely daughters. All grown up, but still very much Mommie’s Girls and each so special in their own way.

But what would I do if I won the drawing?!? Couldn’t give that cute little purse to just one of my valentines…maybe make them share custody…no, what probably wouldn’t work…oh dang! I’d just have to keep it! Maybe I’d let them borrow it…

February 16, 2012 12:42 PM
j said...

SO CUTE!!! happy valentine’s day~!

February 16, 2012 12:44 PM
Alison said...

My sister is sweeter than chocolate, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t use a candy bar purse filled with her favorite treats! <3

February 16, 2012 12:44 PM
j said...

SO CUTE!!! you’re the sweetest for doing this post. happy valentine’s day~!

February 16, 2012 12:44 PM
Lindy said...

My hubby is the bestest… High School sweethearts we made it thru the college years together, we’ve been together 17 years, arried for 11 years, two beautiful boys, and living our happily ever after. And I love Kate Spade, I too “die”.

February 16, 2012 12:51 PM
RollingstoneMom said...

That is the most adorable clutch I think I’ve ever seen!

My dear husband is my world! I wouldn’t trade him for the world!

February 16, 2012 12:53 PM
Malia said...

The one I love gets me just the way I am, I couldn’t ask for anything more than that. He’s the best!

February 16, 2012 12:54 PM
Sue said...

Cute! I made Vanilla Custard Cream cookies for Valentine’s Day in the shape of a heart and sandwiched pink buttercream in between two cookies. They were the hit of the office. I would love, love, love this little clutch.

February 16, 2012 12:55 PM
PearlS said...

Yay for giveaways!
My valentine is the best daddy ever. He’s patient and kind and loves others. He lets me stay home with our little boys while he works hard all week long. He is generous to the needy. He loves my parents. He’s goofy and makes me laugh. He brings me chocolate when I need it most. He shovels the snow from our driveway. He lets me make messes in the kitchen. He doesn’t complain about a messy house. He folds laundry (sometimes), ha!
Thanks for asking me to write down the sweets about my sweet! I know I take him for granted–it’s good to make a list once in awhile. (:
Hope you are doing great with your new kidney, Bakerella! Just renewed my d. license and thought of you when I saw the little heart (organ donation) on the front!

February 16, 2012 12:56 PM
Olivia said...

My little dog is the sweetest, you pick him up and he’ll just lick you until you put him down. Love him so much!

February 16, 2012 12:58 PM
Pam S said...

I love my wonderful husband of 21 years and our four children. Although our life is usually crazy and hectic, every day is filled with love, laughter and happiness.

February 16, 2012 01:01 PM
rachel said...

I can only thank God that he put my husband and I together. He’s the most amazing man I’ve ever met.

February 16, 2012 01:07 PM
Lola Harmon-Ramsey said...

ADORABLE!! My hubby and kids took turns being my valentines. Lucky me.

February 16, 2012 01:08 PM
Marin D said...

Well aren’t those cute! My family is my sweet Valentine. They can make me smile when I am down and lift me up. It is great to have people who love you no matter what!

February 16, 2012 01:09 PM
Becki said...

I love this and I love Kate! My special someone’s would be my family!!

February 16, 2012 01:09 PM
Beth Butcher said...

My husband and 9 year old son are my sweet valentines. They are really the best guys in the world and bring such joy to my life.

February 16, 2012 01:11 PM
pam said...

I would LOVE to give this to my friend, Cheryl!! She is such a sweet, kind and sharing person and we share an affinity for chocolate that is unending!! Thanks!

February 16, 2012 01:11 PM
Tiffany P said...


Also I really love my brother and his fiancee who got engaged yesterday!!!

February 16, 2012 01:13 PM
Rox said...

Perfect Pair! Lovely Chocolates and THE clutch!
My valentine is my husband and i couldn’t ask for more

February 16, 2012 01:13 PM
Anisha said...

I love my family! They always support me in all my efforts and they are so comforting to be around. Being away at college makes me miss them 1000x more!

February 16, 2012 01:15 PM
Lynn said...

That is the neatest idea ever for a clutch!! Of course, the chocolates are bad either! Can’t wait to try these. You have some of the best ideas, they always bring a smile to my face!

February 16, 2012 01:17 PM
Katie B. said...

My boyfriend is the sweetest! He always goes out of his way to do something special for me. I’m the luckiest girl!

February 16, 2012 01:17 PM
Kalia P said...

My valentine is my loving and amazing husband. He’s so caring, understanding, and patient with me! I am truly lucky to have a husband who puts my wants and needs before his. I can only try my best to be the same to him!

February 16, 2012 01:18 PM
Lindsay / Pastrychef23 said...

Okay – I have been DYING over this clutch, but I wasn’t sure if it was busy enough to keep my iphone, keys, and all that cash I carry around (ha!). Good to know it’s bigger than it looks!

I didn’t have a valentine this year, but I found lots of Valentines joy in the posts of my favorite pastry bloggers! They inspire me daily – and YOU Ms Bakerella, are a constant inspiration! In the kitchen, and in life. Thank you for doing so!

February 16, 2012 01:18 PM
Jen said...

Love my daughters who gave their mama the best Valentine’s cards this year!

February 16, 2012 01:19 PM
Colleen {HappyLittleArt} said...

I love my little family, TOTES! They bring me joy…not just on Valentines Day but everyday. I would like to fit them all into that adorable clutch and carry them with me wherever I go! ;0)

February 16, 2012 01:20 PM
Doris H said...

My husband is the person I love most in this world. We’ve been married for 43 years and I think that it is pretty certain that we’ll make our 44th Anniversary in July. Of course it hasn’t all been hearts and roses, but ours is a strong love and I’m so thankful to God everyday that we are together. I know my hubby would just love to have me win that adorable Cha Cha Chocolate clutch!!!

February 16, 2012 01:22 PM
Holly said...

That purse has to be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen….

My Valentine’s wish just has to go to my four-legged best friend Scrappy, who I had to put down on V-day. Broke my heart, but I know that somewhere in heaven, he’s looking down on us — and licking out a gigantic bowl of chocolate ice cream ;-)

February 16, 2012 01:27 PM
carol said...

I have the greatest husband imaginable. After 30 years I still think he’s gorgeous.

February 16, 2012 01:28 PM
Brittany said...

We just had our first baby so this year I had TWO valentine’s! My husband has been amazing and helpful and my little son is already a charmer. Love them both!!

February 16, 2012 01:29 PM
Amaris said...

My special someone is my boyfriend.
We have been together for nearly 7 years, met in high school. The best part? He’s my first love. And only love.
We’ve been through some rough patches, but nothing we weren’t able to overcome. I am so confident to say that we were meant to be. <3

February 16, 2012 01:32 PM
Justyne said...

So cute – My husband is sweet – even after 12 years of marriage and 3 kids, he still goes out of this way to make Valentine’s day special

February 16, 2012 01:33 PM
kate said...

I love Audrey, who’s my 3 month old. She laughed out loud for me for the first time last night. :)

February 16, 2012 01:33 PM
Cortney said...

My someone special is my amazing group of friends. We’ve been through a lot of drama together, but have managed to stick together through it all!

February 16, 2012 01:34 PM
Ashley B. said...

My husband and my son are both the light of my life! I adore them both so very completely.

February 16, 2012 01:36 PM
Jamie Collins said...

I love you for being such a great inspiration to all of us! You are so creative and talented and remind me that the little things really do count and can turn things from good to GREAT! Thank you!

February 16, 2012 01:39 PM
Sammy said...

Very cute chocolates! I love my husband for many reasons… good or bad, he is always there, consistent and strong. :) On a side note, I also love your constant positivity! Hope to see you in person someday on your tours!

February 16, 2012 01:42 PM
Monique said...

I just got married for the last time to the love of my life and we have a lovely big family and I am as happy as can be!


February 16, 2012 01:48 PM
Crystal said...

This is such a cute idea! I love it! I am going to have to try this next year for my kiddies. Someone or should I say people I love are my wonderful husband and 2 kids. They are my world and I couldn’t imagine my life with them in it!

February 16, 2012 01:51 PM
Brooke Takhar said...

the sweetness in my life is my husband, who has been taking care of me after I had my gall bladder removed. the only thing cuter than this purse is watching him try and scramble eggs for me.

February 16, 2012 01:53 PM
jessica said...

This clutch is just like my special someone;
solid and strong enough to carry all those chocolates, colourful and bright so that he makes me smile everytime i see him, and very very sweet. I love my Valentine husband x

February 16, 2012 01:55 PM
Briezy said...

My amazing husband was my Valentine. He loves me and supports me no matter what mistakes I make and I’m so glad to have someone so like me (we’re both total nerds) in my life!

February 16, 2012 01:55 PM
Brenda said...

I love my children to pieces they each make me a very happy and proud mother

February 16, 2012 02:05 PM
Tiffany N. said...

I just found your blog when a friend pinned the Te Amo cookies you had done. They are beautiful!

My sweet thing: My wonderful hubby who vacuumed and did the dishes as a v-day present! To heck with flowers, I’ll take a clean house any day!!! He’s a prince. <3

February 16, 2012 02:07 PM
Leah said...

Fabulous giveaway! Adorable chocolates!

February 16, 2012 02:08 PM
Tea said...

These look so adorable, I really want to try making these with my mom. :) Dear mom, I love you so much, and thank you for supporting me in all that I do and for always being there. xoxo

February 16, 2012 02:09 PM
Lauren said...

Ma babe. His smile is incredible.

February 16, 2012 02:09 PM
Nadine said...

I love my husband and my children so much, they give love, joy and happiness to my life!
And I love chocolate….

February 16, 2012 02:11 PM
Grace A said...

I’d love to give this to my granddaughter! She loves items like this but cannot afford them. We love to bake together and have lots of fun.

February 16, 2012 02:11 PM
Kate said...

My husband – simply because he does the dishes, laundry, sweeps, vacuums, and clean the bathrooms – which I really hate doing. And he does it without complaining.

February 16, 2012 02:13 PM
kitty said...

I am so lucky to have a boyfriend that is also my best friend. He makes me feel special and loved everyday.

February 16, 2012 02:14 PM
Samantha Dycus said...

What an interesting bag! How creative.

I have the worst kind of love of all, unrequited. Other than that, in the non-romantic sense, I have plenty love of around with my close friends and my pets and family. Love is Love though, it knows now bounds or labels.

Love to all on Valentine’s Day and all year long!

February 16, 2012 02:17 PM
Stoich91 said...

Beautiful! YES, please, and thank you for the AMAZING heart chocolates!

February 16, 2012 02:20 PM
Lauren said...

My niece holds such a special place in my heart. I love waking up to her beautiful curly head saying, “You get a grape because you took a good nap!” She makes me laugh every day.

February 16, 2012 02:20 PM
Pauline said...

Aaaah, so cute !!!

My special someone… that would be my partner. He is the Gomez to my Morticia ! (No, really… Bats and hearts, dead roses, demented grin and all)

February 16, 2012 02:23 PM
jen said...

my husband is the best, he sent me and our 3 girls flowers for Valentine’s Day! The girls (9,8,3) were so excited!!!

February 16, 2012 02:27 PM
Christine K said...

My special someone is my husband who is a wonderful husband and an amazing Father to our boys. Love you!

February 16, 2012 02:33 PM
Erin said...

Those chocolates are so cute! I’ll have to save this page for next February.

I have a couple of people who are special to me, but this year it was three of my close friends. All of us decided that we weren’t going to mope around on the 14th, and we had a fun girls night out. Leave it to your girl friends to turn a sad day for singles into a really fantastic day!

February 16, 2012 02:36 PM
Ellie said...

what a lovely idea, make your own chocolates + wrappers! love the clutch.
something sweet about someone special? my dear sister….though we’re 1000 miles apart, she takes the time out of her very busy life to give me a call, which I need desperately! sisters are the best listeners and advice givers. Regardless of our love lives, we send each other little gifts on Valentine’s Day, just to show that no matter what/who else is in our lives, we will always have each other!

February 16, 2012 02:37 PM
Katie said...

I love my Mom. She has been helping me recover from as surgery and has been so sweet in doing it! I don’t know what I’d do without her!!!

February 16, 2012 02:39 PM
Katie said...

I love my fiancee. Just 100 days left until the big day! He is so sweet and thoughtful….always putting others ahead of himself.

February 16, 2012 02:40 PM
Julie B. said...

I’m so in love with my husband because he is so wonderfully helpful with our newborn baby. He’s been cooking dinner every night and just jumps right in to do whatever needs to be done. This means I’m well rested, in a good mood and you know, when mom’s happy…everyone’s happy!

February 16, 2012 02:42 PM
Jani said...

i love my husband, so thankful and blessed to have a man that makes my heart fill with sparklers every time i see him…

February 16, 2012 02:43 PM
Heather said...

I love this clutch! I hope I win! Smooches to you Bakerella! xo H ;)

February 16, 2012 02:45 PM
JulieA said...

I feel like every day is Valentine’s day in my life. I am blessed with an amazing husband and two pooches that turn me to mush. Those little faces, even with muddy paws, make every day better. Growing up I always said we were not a rich family, but we were rich in family. I would say that is true of the family I have built:-)

February 16, 2012 02:52 PM
Gina said...

my new baby girl is my valentine this year :) She is beautiful and has crazy spiky hair and huge blue eyes and every time I look at her I want to give her the world!

February 16, 2012 02:58 PM
Jackie said...

I love my husband for allowing me to bake, which i LOVE doing thanks to Bakerella and all the inspiration she has given me!

February 16, 2012 03:02 PM
Wendy said...

My sister is the most special person in the world! We are 10 years apart so growing up wasn’t always that great since I had the unfortunate job of babysitting and cleaning up after her. But as we got older, we grew a special bond, and although we don’t always come right out and say it, we know how much we mean to each other. Last year she was my maid of honour for my wedding – I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to be with me on my wedding day. She is turning 18 March 3, and this would be a great gift to a special young lady!

February 16, 2012 03:03 PM
Karen said...

Love my sweet hubby! He’s the best!

February 16, 2012 03:04 PM
Molly said...

My friend Lindsey is going through a lot of major transitions in her life right now. But despite everything she remains the kindest and most sincere person. She is one of my best friends and I would do anything for her.

February 16, 2012 03:05 PM
May said...

Happy Valentine’s day to my daughter. She wakes up in the morning and gives me a kiss and says.. “Luvvv uu mommy” It’s the sweetest thing ever.

February 16, 2012 03:09 PM
Katrina said...

My son is my valentine. He was so excited to celebrate this year. Fun to see the joy through a 3 1/2 year olds eyes. We even made banana cupcakes with pink frosting for his teachers.

February 16, 2012 03:10 PM
Melissa said...

My husband is my best friend. We don’t really do Valentine’s, but he does a great job of going out of his way to tell me daily how much he loves me!

February 16, 2012 03:13 PM
Stacey said...

looks fantastic!! ohhhh i wish!! you are a very generous lady!!

February 16, 2012 03:14 PM
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