I have a weird relationship with chocolate coins.
They are the only kind of chocolate I do not eat. I mean, I’ll eat them if I have to. Don’t get me wrong –I would eat tire tread if it came drizzled in Hersey’s syrup – but chocolate coins, no thank you. Money is not for eating. And not because the chocolate is not good, but because I like the look of them better than I like the taste. I just like to know that I have them. I can run my fingers through them and waller in the knowledge that they are mine.
Okay. This probably means I have Scrooge McDuck issues, and maybe I do, but it also means that I always have chocolate on hand at all times, which is more than I can say for most people. Ahem. And then, even on the rare occasions I allow myself to eat some, the coin wrappers must be saved. They must.
That’s not weird at all.
It took me years to figure out what to do with the wrappers, and then it hit me like Hanukkah turkey –garland. Let’s string the coins into garland. Except the garland won’t be very long and will actually just look like big Cher earrings, but whatever. It’s festive!
Three reasons why this craft is rad.
- It’s an excuse to eat chocolate. Like you needed one.
- It’s cheap-to-free. You are using candy wrappers, staples, and some wire hooks. You may need to buy some chocolate coins (fyi, imo, Trader Joe’s carries better quality at the best price), but the rest is already in your junk drawer.
- This works for either Hanukah and Christmas without mixing the two (ie. distasteful blue and silver Santa suits, etc.). Everybody loves chocolate coins. We can all agree on this one. How/where you want to use these puppies is up to you.
Gelt is the Yiddish word for money, and is what most people around here call chocolate coins (read more here). It comes in little baggies next to the cash register at the drug store, and some people keep it for years and years, never eating it, only bringing it out for Hannuah and poker night. Mine stay on the coffee table in a little bowl above the coaster napkins. It looks nice and people think I am being polite and offering them some candy to eat. Little do they know how irrationally angry it makes me when people take my coins. Again, yes, I have issues.
- You are going to need to eat some chocolate. You could sit down to do this in one sitting, but perhaps it would be wiser to collect over the season (save for next year). Or invite a bunch of kids over to play poker. Your call.
- Use the side of a pencil to flatten the edges of the wrapper, forming a small lip around the edges.
- Lay two coin wrappers across the bed of a stapler and press down. Attched!
- Repeat. I like rows of four or five, but you could do one long string, too. Add a wire hook to the end and that’s it.
- Repeat as necessary (or as chocolate allows).
Oh, look. They work on Christmas trees. The also look nice hanging plant, not coincidentally called, a Wandering Jew.
Nothing says Happy Hanukkah like a spangled houseplant.