Want to Get Your Kids Interested in Cooking? Try Cooking with Chocolate!

Kids love cooking with chocolate, so try these simple recipes next time you're stuck with a rainy day.

If you love cooking with chocolate, chances are your kids will too. Most children love chocolate, although studies show they develop a more intense appreciation past the age of eleven (perhaps chocolate is for sophisticated palettes?). These easy recipes, though, are bound to please the kids.

Mexican Chocolate Cocoa

Have the kids each pour a mug full of milk (not all the way up -- about two thirds is best). Pour the milk (all of it) into a saucepan and heat it over medium heat. Meanwhile, have the kids combine a tablespoon of cocoa, two of sugar, and a dash of cinnamon in the bottom of their empty mugs.

Pour two tablespoons of cold milk into each mug and have the kids stir it into a paste. When the milk is ready, pour it into the mugs and mix it up. For a real treat (and an experience cooking with chocolate they'll ask for again and again), top it with whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon.

Chocolate dipped bananas

This is a great way to practice cooking with chocolate in the summer, when it might be too hot to bake and everyone's craving a cold treat. Start by covering a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Then set about melting chocolate (you can use a double boiler or, in a pinch, the microwave -- but watch it carefully and take turns stirring it every minute or so if you do).

Cut a banana into four pieces. Once the chocolate melts, have the kids dip the bottom half of each piece into the chocolate, then place it (chocolate side down to avoid burning fingers) on the cookie sheet. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana piece, then stick them in the freezer for a few hours. Before long, you'll have a delicious and (relatively) healthy set of popsicles awaiting your summer afternoon.

Chocolate fondue

When we think about cooking with chocolate, chocolate fondues spring to mind. You'll have to prepare the fondue yourself, but the kids can help by chopping fruit, ripping marshmallows, or anything else you think they can handle. Once you're done, you'll have a great family evening sitting around the table, dipping anything and everything you can think of into your chocolate pot (from cookies to grapes!).

If you have kids, don't be afraid: start to share your love of cooking with chocolate today.