Easter has been and gone and we all had lovely long bank holiday weekends filled with lie-ins, rubbish television and copious amounts of chocolate. If you're anything like us, you had eyes bigger than your belly and have ended up with more chocolate than you could possibly scoff your way through in a weekend, even if you ate chocolate for every meal of the day!
We're all back on the summer diets, but we've all vowed to start once all the chocolate is gone, right? Well we've gathered some recipes that will use up your leftover chocolate in fun and interesting ways, and once all these yummy treats are done and dusted, THEN we can start the healthy eating...Monday...next Monday...a Monday in the future. Perhaps.
1. Chocolate Fondue
This one is simple but effective and makes a delicious and fun dessert! Prepare some of your favourite sweet treats - marshmallows, sweets, chunks of fruit, nuts. Melt all the chocolate in a big bowl and dunk your sweet of choice in the delicious warm and gooey chocolate. This can get incredibly messy, but that makes it even more fun right? It's extremely fun, especially if you've got little ones. You can add cocktail sticks to make the process a little easier if you're opting for this dessert choice at a dinner party.
2. Chocolate Rice Crispy Cakes
This is an absolute classic. One of the most simple cake recipes you learn when you're little that never loses its magic. Melt all your chocolate and grab some Rice Krispies or Cornflakes, or really any cereal you have leftover. Stir the cereal into the melted chocolate, make sure all the pieces are nice and covered. Spoon the mixture into cake cases on a baking tray, pop in the oven for 15-20 mins until the mixture sticks. Leave to cool for a yummy snack!
3. Chocolate Brownies
There are two ways you can incorporate your leftover chocolate into brownies - you can buy a brownie mix and whack your melted chocolate into the mix before popping them in the oven, or you can mix things up a little when making brownies from scratch. To make quick and easy brownies you need 400g of caster sugar, 225g melted butter, 60g cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 eggs, 225g plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and then in this instance, loads of delicious melted leftover chocolate! Mix all the ingredients in one big bowl in the order listed above and then bake at 180 degrees or on gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes until the mixture is crunchy on the outside but still soft and gooey in the middle. Cool before cutting and then serve!
4. Chilli Chocolate Lollipops
Melt your chocolate, sprinkle in some chilli powder. Spoon the chocolate into large circular dollops on greaseproof paper and add in lollipop sticks. Leave to set somewhere cool and dry before peeling your chocolate pops off the paper for a sweet and spicy after dinner treat!
5. Chocolate Pots
To make delicious and creamy chocolate pots which are the perfect accompaniment to a post-dinner coffee, you need 50ml of milk, 100g of your leftover chocolate and 100ml double cream. Heat the milk in a pan until it simmers, leave it cool ever so slightly before adding your chocolate. Stir and melt in the chocolate, then allow to cool slightly before gently stirring in the cream and mixing thoroughly. Pour into pots and allow to cool for several hours before serving a smooth and tasty treat.