Somewhere around the time that I turned 10 years old, I started playing tennis. And it was really fun. It took me a year or so to get the hang of it, but once I did I really got into it for a while (even did a couple of tennis camps). Which probably makes me sound like one of those country club kids, but I promise I was far from it. Tennis was just a sport that I understood, and was actually decent at. Unlike nearly every other sport I had attempted.
So, I played off and on throughout my childhood and a tiny bit into college (not on a college team, just for fun) and then, at some point, I just kind of stopped. I don’t really remember why, to be honest. I just did.
And every so often now, someone will mention that they play and I think about getting back into it. But nothing has really pushed me over the edge into actually doing it again. Though today’s project might (ironically) be the thing that gets me back into it because it involves candy…chocolate tennis racket shaped candy to be exact!
Before I go any further, I’ll just say that I realize that I may be booking myself a one way ticket to crazy town, with this DIY. But I don’t care because I love it. AND there has definitely been a tennis inspired trend happening as of late. So…
– tennis racket chocolate mold (exact one I used is on Amazon)
– almond bark or white chocolate chips (I used Candiquik)
– popsicle stick or spoon to stir
– gel food coloring
– (optional) tennis ball gumballs for good measure (they’re from Amazon too)
1. Break up the chocolate or almond bark, then microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring in between intervals until completely melted. Should only take 60-90 seconds if using Candiquik.
2. Next add gel food coloring (I went with purple because it creates a nice pastel lilac color). Just continue adding a little at a time and stirring until you reach the desired color.
3. Pour into molds and tap the mold on the counter to level out the chocolate and get rid of air bubbles.
4. Wait for the chocolate to completely harden. I would say a couple of hours just to be on the safe side. Then pop them out of the molds (carefully so they don’t break). Done!
This would be fun for a themed party or even for Halloween (they’re not spooky but it is candy, so it counts in my book).
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you’ll take a bite out of these guys? If nothing else, you’ve got to try that tennis ball gum. Yum!