St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Oreos have been sent off in Military Care Package #10. I hope the “luck of the Irish” will help keep Soldier B. and his comrades safe as they serve and bring them all safely home soon.
Soldier B. is very busy doing his job, so I really don’t expect to hear from him much, but I worry. So, I was delighted to get a Facebook message from him letting me know that the care packages are appreciated. Most importantly, the message let me know he was safe.
The message read, “Being overseas and receiving care packages from you has been amazing. I make sure to share the gifts and baked goods with my fellow soldiers and we all say it’s a good moral booster when we receive a box. Thank you for your support to us while we are gone. Everything you have sent has done its job in putting a smile on a face or helping someone’s sweet tooth. Thanks again.”
Care package contents
With smile-inducing packaging in mind, my first task, when preparing a care package is to dress up the inside of the shipping box. For some themes like Christmas or birthdays, the easiest method is to line the box, or cover the box flaps, with theme appropriate wrapping paper.
Free online clip art is another source of decorating material. I found clip art turkeys for Thanksgiving and used wee clip art leprechauns for this St. Patrick’s Day package.
The box is packed full of leprechaun goodies: shamrock garland, leprechaun cut-outs, Lucky Charms cereal, gold foil chocolate coins, puzzle books with green covers, and a green box of Girl Scout Thin Mints.
Usually this section provides details on a simple iced sugar cookie design. Easy-to-create iced shamrock cookies were included in last year’s St. Patrick’s Day military care package.
This time I decided to chocolate coat, then decorate, some St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Oreos using colored white chocolate. Soldier B. is particularly fond of chocolate-mint and I had what I thought were great ideas for decorating.
I appear to be gaining all kinds of decorating experience through the school of hard knocks. It turns out that decorating with melted white chocolate doesn’t work the same way as decorating with icing. It solidifies too quickly.
I tried making shamrocks and ended up with a blob of green tinted white chocolate covered in toothpick lines. Not what I had in mind.
I tried using a Wilton candy melts tip to create a green plaid and ended up with a messy zigzag of lines. At least my family was happy about these failures, because they get to eat all ugly cookies. And these were ugly.
It is said to be a symbol of energy, growth, perseverance and knowledge (http://www.the-symbols.net/celtic/) Seems like a good symbol to use on cookies for soldiers, or anyone else!
Though this sparkly swirl is not what I planned, it is appropriately green, Irish, and twinkles with leprechaun magic. Change the color of the tinted white chocolate and decorator sugar, and these chocolate coated Oreos would work for any celebration.
No recipe is needed for making St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Oreos. I offer some directions that are intended as helpful hints.
I used dark melting chocolate for coating the Oreos, because it’s easy to use (no tempering) and stays looking pretty for weeks. Once the coating is set, I piped on the spiral using tinted white chocolate, followed immediately with a sprinkle of green decorating sugar.
Keep It Simple wins again.
Rainbow’s End Rocky Road Candy was the new recipe included in this care package. I turned this chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut confection into a St. Patrick’s Day treat with a sprinkle of rainbow chips and some green nonpareils.
The Rocky Road was packed in plastic food storage boxes. I am pretty sure the weather is cool enough right now in Afghanistan for this candy to arrive intact, but just in case it melts, the plastic boxes will serve as soup bowls and Soldier B. can eat it with a spoon!
Add some ancient Celtic symbols to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, preferably on top of St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Oreos!
- 12 sandwich cookies I use Newman's Own brand, chocolate mint
- 2 cups melting chocolate
- ½ cup white melting chocolate
- green candy coloring
- green decorating sugar or nonpareil sprinkles
- Use wax paper to line a cookie sheets or other flat baking pan that will fit into your refrigerator.
- Place the melting chocolate in a bowl large enough that the chocolate fills it up to 1 inch below the rim. Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave at 50% power for one minute. Stir. If not completely melted, return to the microwave and heat for 15 second intervals, stirring between intervals, until melted.
- Place a cookie into the melted chocolate. Using two forks, press the cookie into the chocolate, then turn it over to coat the underside.
- Using a fork, lift the coated cookie over the bowl. Gently tap the wrist of the hand holding the fork to make excess coating drip back into the bowl. Place the cookie onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- After coating 12 cookies, place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to set the chocolate. Setting in the refrigerator, not at room temperature, will produce slight surface shine.
- Place ½ cup of white melting chocolate a small bowl. Melt at 50% power in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If not completely melted, return to the microwave at 50% power for 10 second intervals, stirring between intervals until melted. Add 10 drops of oil based green candy coloring. Stir until the white chocolate is evenly colored. Spoon the melted chocolate into a plastic sandwich/snack bag. Cut a very tiny piece off a bottom corner of each bag and pipe the colored chocolate in a spiral pattern to Important: Add decorating sugar immediately after creating each swirl. The chocolate hardens quickly.
- When all of the coating and decoration has hardened, wrap the cookies individually in plastic wrap. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.