Recipe for Recycling: A Tutorial of Sorts

Homemade Organic Chocolates in Repurposed Packaging

Cute Hubby has been doing some organizing as of late, namely, taking charge of the myriad of photos and slides of the family that need to be documented in some sort of meaningful way.  No small task.  I think he got overwhelmed, because this guy is earth-friendly personified, but still I was alarmed to find dozens of cute little Kodak slide boxes in the recycling bin!  Determined to put them to good repurposed use, I set about on my design challenge.  I’ll spare you the details of the outright failures and the ideas that just did not have quite enough air beneath their wings to fly and jump right to the good stuff.


Yep.  When in doubt, count on chocolate.  My homemade chocolates needed some packaging and my dreams of repurposed ecofriendly gift treats were realized.

This is such an easy project.  It takes little time and even less skill!

Organic Chocolate Ingredients


A chocolate bar of your choice.  Organic Fair Trade is best.  Choose the darkness and sugar content of your liking.

An assortment of all the little organic goodies you like blanketed in chocolate.  I used some almonds, pecans, dried cherries, dried cranberries, and coconut.  But don’t let that limit you.  Go crazy!

What To Do:

Step 1:  Break the chocolate up into smallish pieces and melt them in the top of a double boiler.  If you don’t have a double boiler, just use a small stainless steel bowl set over a pot of simmering water.

Step 2:  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spoon rounds of chocolate out–about 6 at a time.  The size is really up to you, but I spooned out circles of chocolate just a bit bigger than a quarter.  Let these set up for a minute.

Step 3:  On top of each dollop of chocolate add a couple of nuts or coconut or anything else you’d like.

Step 4:  Drizzle a little bit more chocolate over each one to secure the fixings.

Step 5:  Repeat until you have all the chocolate treats of your dreams.  Let cool completely.

Step 6:  Lick the bowl!

So Simple

The packaging itself couldn’t be easier.  I just lined each Kodak slide box with a piece of parchment paper and installed four chocolates in each one.  If you don’t just happen to have these little slide boxes laying around, look to see what you do have–Altoid boxes?  Jewelry cases?  Old-fashioned typewriter tins?  You’ll know it when you see it.

The only thing left to be done, it seems, is to distribute the candies and become a hero!



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