Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Easter treat

Yeah I know, Easter was ages ago now, but I wrote this post before going away on holiday and never got round to uploading the photos, so it stayed unpublished. Until today. Because I haven't started looking at my holiday pics yet and I figured everyone loves chocolate. Even if it's a bit delayed and we're in May already.

Everybody knows Easter's all about chocolate. As for Christmas, Easter for me was never about religion. It was all about getting chocolate eggs/chicken/ bunnies. People don't tend to buy their Easter treats from the supermarkets in France, you can usually get some pretty amazing stuff from bakeries and chocolatiers. And year after year, the fridge was full of chocolate. Oh how I remember those egg hunts in my grandparents' flat, and the magnificent treats they would get me...

These days are long gone, but Easter should still be a sweet season. Last year, Boyfriend sent me off to Dubai with the most gorgeous dark chocolate egg. Even though temperatures were upwards of 30 degrees, that egg meant a lot.

This year, it was my turn to surprise him. I didn't have anything substantial, as I don't want my lactose intolerance malarkey flaring up, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have anything. And since I forgot to get him something last year, the guilt pushed me into action...

I wanted something original, something unique, but not something that was going to cost me the earth either. I find eggs that you can buy in supermarket usually quite disappointing, not only does the chocolate not taste of real chocolate (well that's my opinion!), but the eggs are usually empty. I can't think of a biggest let down. So there, I made him my very own treat this year. With things that he likes. I here present to you the Easter white chocolate bar!!!! Alright alright, it doesn't sound very exciting, but wait till you see the finished article.


I started by chopping some fudge bars and got some seasonally coloured m&ms. Next I melted some white chocolate and some milk chocolate in separate bowls.


I then put a double thickness of baking parchment down and thickly spread the white chocolate on top.


Then I put blobs of milk chocolate on top and used a toothpick to make little twirls. That was great, great fun I tell you.


I then added the fudge bits and m&ms and pushed them slightly in. Left it all to cool down for a couple of hours, then it spent the night in the fridge to harden.


In the morning, I wrapped it all up and put it in a gift bag I had lying around. How lovely is that?! Totally cheap (well at least you can choose the appropriate quality of chocolate to suit your taste), and you can use whatever topping you fancy!


The best bit? All the leftover topping that wouldn't fit on the bar. I didn't want to overload it you see. So I munched it all. Yum :-)

15 comments:

The Girl said...

ARGH! That is a to maze to the ing. I need some of that in my life immediately.

Where did you get those M&Ms from, I haven't seen them anywhere!

Petit Filoux said...

Got them in sainsburys, think they were a special easter edition, i'd never seen them before myself which is why i HAD to buy them!

Flitterbee said...

That's fantastic - it looks like those mega expensive ones you get in Hotel Chocolat. I am most impressed with the twirling, I have a feeling my attempt mightn't look so professional!

Lucy said...

Ahh wow - brilliant! My mind's going into overdrive now with the thoughts of little mini versions of this and what toppings I could have! I really want to do the swirly thing!

Monica said...

wow!

that is gorgeous... bet he was quite the happy bunny!!

Petit Filoux said...

I can assure you the twirly bit was very very easy! All you need is a toothpick to push the chocolate around, a few goes here and there and it looks great!
And yes, this was my version of those very expensive ones you can buy in the shops, much cheaper and much more personalised too!

Susana said...

Me gusta la mona de chocolate.
Se la haré a mi hijo para el año que viene.
Un saludo.

Rachel said...

What a fantastic idea! It looks fabulous, I might have to try that next year!

Ali said...

The gift that gives twice (or three times, even). The bar, the fun of making it and the hoovering up of leftovers!

Louise said...

genius! I might have to steal that idea one day :)

Made in Suisse said...

Yummy! I remember buying a similar looking chocolate bar from Hotel Chocolat a couple of years ago but this looks even better and I am sure works out cheaper too!Hurray for your imagination!x

Liz said...

What a gorgeous idea. Hope boyfriend was appreciative!

PinkCatJo said...

That looks absolutely lush and very pretty too. I can imagine someone using miniature versions as wedding favours they look so professional. Mmmmm! x

Maria♥ said...

That looks so gorgeous and I love the seasonal M&M's!

Maria
x

"JeanneG" said...

I'm dieting and now I'm hungry.