So, to begin with I knew exactly where I'd buy my supplies. I went to Cost Plus World Market. I knew they'd have the wafer cookies I needed. They also have many chocolate choices. I decided upon Ghirardelli chips. They came in milk chocolate in a 2 pound bag. I bought 4 - 2 pound bags of chocolate and 4 bags of the Quadratini Chocolate Wafer Cookies.
I also owned the perfect pan. It had belonged to my mother-in-law. I've kept it for over 25 years thinking I'd bake bread in it maybe an angel food cake. Never thinking what it would finally end up using it for.
Once my son was off to school I had 6 hours to work my magic. I had thrown the pan in the dish washer the night before. I had also worked on the lettering the night before. I printed out the Kit Kat logo twice in the size I wanted it. One I used as a pattern to cut out craft foam I had in the craft room. I wasn't really sure if this sort of thing should be used with food, but since I wasn't going to be stewing it and its an item kids craft with odds were in my favor there wouldn't be any potential poisoning. You'll have to decide that for yourself.
I began melting the chocolate on very low heat. The water in a double boiler is not supposed to boil.
As the chocolate chips melted I stacked the cookies in the pan to get an idea of whether or not I had bought enough.
I then decided to stick my foam letters down with a little chocolate. I wasn't really sure how to stick them down. I was afraid they might float. I also didn't want chocolate to ooze beneath them if I used some sort of bulky tape adhesive. Notice how the letters are in the pan. One can not read them. This is so you CAN read them on the finished product. To keep me from messing this one up I pictured it as a mirror image of the original print. Having the extra printed out copy of the logo was a big help in keeping me on track with this very important detail.
I poured about a 1 inch layer of melted chocolate in the bottom of pan. I was just winging it. I wanted it to be sturdy, but leave room for the cookie center.
After chocolate had set (in the refrigerator) I began placing the cookies.
Next step was to melt more and more chocolate until the cookies are covered. It took 7 pounds of chocolate to cover mine.
My biggest fear was that I wouldn't be able to get the Kit Kat out of the pan. My next fear would be the letters floated up and mixed in with the chocolate. I waited until my son went to school the next day and figured I'd have about 5 hours to figure out how to get it out of the pan if it didn't pop right out. I also figured I'd have time to carve a Kit Kat on the top if my lettering didn't work out. Thank my luck stars it popped right out. I was so excited to see it out of the pan. The lettering right where I wanted it.
I used an x-acto knife to lightly carve the edges of the craft foam to make sure they didn't lift away any of the chocolate as I peeled them out. Except for a few bubbles they came out perfectly and easily. I was so pleased it came out so well.
I wondered if my son would have remembered our looking at the Kit Kat online and would be expecting this. He had forgotten all about it. He was speechless!
Saturday when my son had his friends over I asked him to come get me when he unveiled the Kit Kat. Of course I had gone to run a quick errand when they decided they needed a treat. I came home to Kit Kat mayhem.
So, I just went and asked them, "So, what did you guys think about the Kit Kat?" Like my son their eyes all got as wide as saucers as they excitedly told me how cool it was. The one young lady at the party exclaim, "You're my hero! Kit Kats are my favorite."