I had great Halloween costumes as a kid. My mom was a fantastic seamstress who made us (my brother and I) new costumes every other year. As kids we went as rabbits and dinosaurs, and then graduated up to princesses, ninjas, fairy princesses, storm troopers, and (one especially cold year) Queen Amidala on Hoth.
Then I learned to sew on my own and slowly began stepping out as characters like Elizabeth Bennett (3x so far), Rose (4x so far), a peacock, Padmé Amidala, a hypothermic Titanic sailor, Belle, an eclipse (that was mistaken for a burn victim), and anything else that catches my fancy and/or matches a costume I’ve already made.
Sadly, I’ve been far too old to trick-or-treating for quite some time now, and since the clubs are hardly my scene (my petticoats would be utterly destroyed!), I prefer house parties with close friends. These fantastic little tubes of chocolate lip balm make for great party favours.
My recent discovery of dark cocoa butter inspired me to make these for Halloween, but they’re fantastic all year round. They’re both a trick (don’t eat them!) and a treat (they smell divine). They’re also super easy to whip up, and at $0.27/tube, they scarcely cost more than a miniature candy bar.
The quality of the ingredients is super important here, so make sure you get some deliciously fragrant cocoa butter and coconut oil to get the full, rich, chocolatey punch! The resulting lip balm is a dark, chocolately colour, but goes on pretty much transparent, so there’s no need to worry about looking like you’ve just raided the candy stash whenever you apply it.
Chocolate Lip Balm
If you don’t have dark cocoa butter, feel free to just use the white stuff. You can probably fake it by using 10–13g of the white stuff and bringing the total up to 16g with some high quality unsweetened chocolate, but I haven’t tried this myself.