#Chocolate is a beloved treat that has been enjoyed all over the world for centuries. Bakers and cooks use chocolate in a myriad of recipes, and it can even be given as gifts to loved ones. Food can also be an inspiration for playthings as has been seen with PEEPS plush toys, the jelly bean board game "Bean Boozled," Shopkins and Candyland.

Recently, a company known as Skyrocket Toys decided to turn the process of decorating with chocolate into a model of play via their “Chocolate Pen,” an item that enables kids to write with chocolate just like they do with a pen. The Chocolate Pen essentially makes enjoying chocolate a creative activity.

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Background 

Since its founding in 2010, Skyrocket Toys has shown a keen interest in tech-savvy and innovative toys and games. In the last five years, the company has been nominated six times for the Toy of the Year Award in the Boys, Activity, Outdoor and Innovation categories. 

The Chocolate Pen--which is marketed largely to girls--is also already gearing up to be a 2016 holiday favorite. “The different themed kits, molds, and multi-colored chocolate refills allows the consumer to enjoy their Chocolate Pen over and over again and create unique or seasonal-themed treats,” said Skyrocket Toys representative Anne-Marie Grill. “I think that’s a big part of the appeal of the item. It’s not just a toy because the kit includes real chocolates and molds that can be reused for pretty much any baking project.”

Review

The Chocolate Pen set comes with eight ounces of confectioner’s chocolate in four colors (brown, white, pink and blue), detailed molds and an easy-to-clean nozzle.

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The pen is motorized and dispenses the liquid chocolate as advertised. That said, it can be a little tricky to initially load the chocolate bags into the pen and writing with them can be quite messy until you get the hang of moving the pen.

Replacing the colors can be a little challenging and it can be expected that there will be some cross-contamination about the colors. Hence, a white area might have some blue streaks and visa-versa. Once dispensed, the chocolate hardens in approximately one minute at room temperature but placing the chocolate in the refrigerator to cool produces the best results.

The chocolate tastes good and can be served as individual truffles or as toppings on cupcakes and cakes. This pen can even be used to decorate things like pies, donuts, and cookies. Also although the molds can be very helpful and useful, kids can also write with this pen free-hand which opens the door for much creativity.

Forthcoming 

Originally released in 2015 and revamped in 2016, the Chocolate Pen has become so popular that Skyrocket Toys decided to evolve the line to include baking kits that empower kids to make beautiful and delicious treats, using real ingredients.

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“The new line is called ‘Real Cooking’ and each kit contains kid-friendly kitchen tools that actually work,” Anne-Marie explained. “As long as you have natural ingredients like eggs, milk, butter and oil to add to the baking mixes kids will be able to make what is advertised on the packages, including cupcakes, cake pops, mini donuts and more. Also, the baking mixes are made in the USA and adhere to safety code standards.”

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