How to Make a Chocolate Log
Food fun for kids! Does it get any better than playing with whipped cream and cookies? I don’t think so! This is a super-easy recipe for kids (and adults, too).
You will need thin wafer cookies. (In the photo above we used Mr. Christie chocolate wafers for one log and the Vanilla Wafer cookies for a second, smaller log. See boxes below.) And you will need whipped cream. And… that’s it. Unless you want to add sprinkles, etc. to decorate your log when it is done.
This is a pretty fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of a recipe. At least the way we make it. Mr. Christie has the recipe on his Chocolate Wafer box and it is lovely and particular, but here’s how we do it:
Slather great amounts of whipped cream between two chocolate wafers. Stick ’em together. Slather whipped cream on another wafer (one side) and stick it to the two you’ve got already. Keep going until you have a long line–a log of them. It’s going to be messy but it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Once you have your log made–we usually run off the edge of the plate before we run out of cookies–slather whipped cream over the log, covering it and making it all smooth. Pop the whole thing in the fridge for about 4 hours. You want the whipped cream to seep into the cookies and make them soft.
(To cover the log for refrigeration, I poke a bunch of toothpicks into the log about half way and lay the plastic wrap over the toothpicks–that keeps the plastic wrap off my log.)
Time to eat? Slice the chocolate log at a slight angle so you get a cool effect like shown on the Mr. Christie box as well as in my image.
The chocolate log is always best on the first day, but is still pretty yummy on day two.
Chocolate Log Modifications:
Sprinkles: The colour in the sprinkles will run and bleed a bit so you may want to add them just before serving.
No Chocolate: Use Vanilla Wafers instead–they are thicker so they aren’t going to get quite as soft, but they are a fun modification. (You may want to leave them in the fridge a bit longer so they aren’t crunchy. Aim for about 5 hours or more.)
Wreath Not a Log: One year I got creative (Mom usually has me make the log at Christmas) and I made a wreath and it worked out quite nicely. Very festive, but tricky to cut in a lovely manner.
Lactose Free: Use Nutri-Whip instead of whipped cream. The dessert ends up a touch sweeter, but it’s still lovely.
How about you? Have you made a log or have other great dessert recipes your kids love (to eat or make–or both!)?
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— Jean Oram (@KidsPlay) October 23, 2012