The Chocolate Game

This game is extraordinarily popular with my children, who seem to love the thrill and excitement more than the actual chocolate eating, which they never get much of a go at! It takes a little preparation and you will need to supervise carefully with younger kids.

The Chocolate Game

Age: 6+

You will need:

A wrapped bar of chocolate A plate A knife and fork Some dressing-up items (at least a hat, scarf and gloves) Two dice

How to play:

Put the bar of chocolate on the plate with the knives and forks nearby and sit the children around it in a circle. Throw the pile of dressing up clothes into the circle. Give one child the dice.

Children take it in turns to roll the dice on the floor in front of them, passing them around the circle to their left. If a child rolls a double, they leap into the center of the circle, put on the dressing up clothes, and start to unwrap, then eat, the bar of chocolate - but only using the knife and fork. That child keeps going until another child rolls a double, at which point they much co-operate in handing over the dressing up clothes so that the next child gets a turn.

Hints:

This game can get very rowdy as doubles sometimes come thick and fast! Be prepared the change the rules if nobody is getting a chance to eat any chocolate, perhaps using only double 3, double 4, and double 5.

If you have a particularly large group of children, you might be better off having two sets of dice going round the circle (starting opposite each other) at the same time. If you do, you might want to limit "winning" doubles to double 5 and double 6.

Have a spare bar of chocolate or two on hand in case you have some proficient party-goers! You might also want to swap forks every so often for hygiene reasons.

When I was young we played a variation of this game. Instead of eating chocolate with a knife and fork, we ate peanuts with chopsticks! Perhaps my mother invented this variation when she felt we were too young to handle the knife and fork safely. These days you might be better off using Smartees or M&Ms given that some children suffer from severe nut allergies.