The edible gifts continue on a well worn and rocky road. My daughter's Christmas fair was on yesterday after weeks of much anticipation. I remember when I was at school that our fair came second in the excitement scale only to Christmas day itself. Rooms full of treasure, books and grubby raffle tickets that held the key to the giant teddy bear that would make my life complete. Sadly, I've never won anything in a raffle and adult sized rose-tinted glasses have taken the glitter from a roomful of other peoples efforts at de-cluttering.
No such reality problems for my little one, she was very proud of her rocky roads, wrapped in cellophane and sporting sparkly ribbon as they sat on the table with the gingerbread trees and clothes-peg angels. My mum and sister helped to make sure they were a sell-out and she spent the afternoon spending her earnings on everything that caught her eye (€5 goes a long way in a 7 year olds hands when her aunt and grandmother are subsidising her on the sly. I sense some payback from my mum who had to find space for 8 years worth of tat.) Whether you have kids needing to earn some cash or not this is the perfect no-cook recipe for your inner chocoholic if you have 5 minutes to spare and the willpower to resist nibbling for a couple of hours.
Now that the countdown has begun in earnest and our Christmas spirit is at the "I love everyone" level be warned that though I won't have much time to post here it will all be cinnamon spiced, cranberry coloured gushings from now on.
Barely adapted from How to be a Domestic Goddess.
- 400g milk chocolate
- 75g 70% cocoa dark choclate
- 150g mini marshmallows (or large ones snipped up with a scissors)
- 150g brazil nuts
- Line a 9 inch (or similar size) tray with baking parchment. Melt chocolates in a large bowl in the microwave or over a saucepan of simmering water and set aside to cool slightly. Roughly chop the brazil nuts and cut up the marshmallows if using big ones. Stir nuts and marshmallows into the chocolate making sure everything is thoroughly coated in chocolate. Pour everything into the lined tray and put somewhere cool to set. Don't put in the fridge if possible as the chocolate will become dul in the fridge.
- When set cut up into fairly small pieces and wrap in squares of cellophane (I begged mine from a florist) and tie on a jaunty festive ribbon.
Makes approx. 30 squares.