If you have kids, you’ll know how much they generally love chocolate. The problem is that if chocolate becomes an everyday food item, that’s bad for their health, and it means it’s just not special anymore. It’s actually better to make chocolate more of a treat and less something that’s readily available because your kids will learn about being healthy, about patience, and about delayed gratification – all of which will help them in their adult lives. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways you can make chocolate a treat.
A Special Occasion Dessert
There are those special occasions when dessert just needs to be something so much more than a standard bowl of ice cream or even some fruit. Events like birthdays and Christmas, special celebrations, and those really memorable moments when you want to elevate things could all be made better with a chocolate dessert. When something like a lovely chocolate pie recipe is saved for precisely this kind of occasion, it becomes something to really look forward to and savor and not take for granted, which is what can happen when you have it too much of the time.
You could even make this into a family tradition, where the kids get to choose their special chocolate dessert or perhaps help you to make it. When it’s all part and parcel of an event, the special feeling that comes with the chocolate means it becomes a real treat.
Quality Over Quantity
Another way to make chocolate more of a treat and to ensure your children don’t eat too much of it is to think about quality over quantity. Rather than settling for mediocre chocolate that’s cheap and can be found anywhere and everywhere, only ever buy high-quality chocolate. It’s more expensive, so you’ll buy it less anyway, and because it tastes so much better than the cheaper versions, your kids will develop a taste for the good chocolate.
That might sound like you’re turning them into a food snob, but it’s not quite like that – it just means that they’re going to steer clear of the lower quality chocolate as they get older too, ensuring their health stays on track and they stay with the habit of only having chocolate once in a while.
Make Your Own Treats
If you can get your children involved in making their own chocolate treats, that’s another excellent way to create something special and make chocolate much less mundane and ordinary. You can make your own chocolate bars or chocolate-dipped fruits, or even chocolate-covered pretzels, and so much more. When they’re involved in making things for themselves, they’ll learn some amazing life skills for the future, and the results of their efforts will be something they can really enjoy.
On top of this, if the process of making the treat is a long one or there are a lot of steps (as could well be the case when it comes to making chocolate treats), it won’t be something they’ll be able to (or perhaps even want) to do every day, solving the issue there and then.