This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids’ selection is Mo Willem’s Goldilocks & the Three Dinosaurs. In this fractured fairy tale version, the dinosaurs make hot chocolate pudding instead of porridge and we just couldn’t resist making some of our own!
If you’re unfamiliar with fractured fairy tales, they are fun twists on classic stories like Cinderella or Goldilocks and the 3 Bears that switch out key details in the story for a strong narrative change. Maybe the story will be cast in a modern setting with more relatable problems, or the antagonist (villain) becomes the hero – the sky is the limit.
Fractured fairy tales are more than just different versions of the same story, they are usually comical and the changes are made to explore a different concept or perspective.
Creating fractured fairy tales is actually a wonderful creative writing or story telling activity with kids. Kids can even act out their fractured fairy tales as a sort of improv performance!
Goldilocks and the 3 Dinosaurs is a wacky version of the story which suggests that the Dinosaurs are actually setting Goldilocks up! And now that we’ve made our own hot chocolate pudding, I can’t blame her for falling for it.
How to Make Hot Chocolate Pudding
We naturally started off with hot chocolate powder – the same container we’ve been trying to use up since making hot chocolate cloud dough! From making oobleck, we’ve learned how cornstarch can be used as an excellent thickener and it worked perfectly in this recipe.
While this recipe can be prepared on the oven, we decided to use the microwave because I know not all families are as comfortable as I am with letting young children cook on the stove.
First, gather your ingredients:
Whisk the cornstarch and hot chocolate mix together in a microwave-safe bowl until fully combined.
Pour in the milk and mix thoroughly.
Heat the hot chocolate pudding for 3 minutes in the microwave, then stir. Continue to heat and stir in 1 minute increments until the pudding achieves the consistency you desire.
Decorate the pudding with whatever mix-ins you’d like! We went with dinosaur sprinkles, which I’m particularly fond of after a special memory at Molly’s Cupcake in Chicago (it’s the inspiration between the pink glitter dinosaur that you see when you hover over images on this site) and it worked perfectly with the Goldilocks & the 3 Dinosaurs book!
The pudding is delicious warm, but you can also cool it in the fridge before serving.
Here’s your free printable version of this hot chocolate pudding recipe:
- 1 cup hot chocolate mix
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon flavor extract - vanilla, butterscotch, mint, etc - optional
- Toppings of choice - sprinkles, cherries, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc.
- Whisk the cornstarch and hot chocolate mix together in a microwave-safe bowl until fully combined.
- Pour in the milk and mix thoroughly.
- Heat the hot chocolate pudding for 3 minutes in the microwave, then stir. Continue to heat and stir in 1 minute increments until the pudding achieves the consistency you desire. (It took us 3 additional minutes for a total of 6 minutes.)
- Decorate the pudding with whatever mix-ins you'd like!
- The pudding is delicious warm, but you can also cool it in the fridge before serving.
What is your favourite treat inspired by a children’s book?
Check out these other takes on Mo Willem’s Goldilocks & the 3 Dinosaurs:
Dinosaur Alphabet Board Game :: Mom Inspired Life
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Sensory Retelling :: Growing Book by Book
Dinosaur Ice Egg Preschool Experiment :: Preschool Powol Packets
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Gross Motor :: 3 Dinosaurs
Build a Trap for Dinosaurs :: Inspiration Laboratories
Dinosaur Letters :: The Pleasantest Thing
How Many? Questions for Dinosaur Math :: Rainy Day Mum
Goldilocks & the 3 Dinosaur Bon Bons :: I Can Teach My Child