I love what Easter stands for. Not from a religious standpoint, nor from a spending a lovely amount of time off work together standpoint. Purely from a chocolate standpoint. So to celebrate this feast of chocolate yum, we thought we would share a super simple recipe and tutorial for you to make with your kids, and then stuff into your gobs!! Look…
- Cooking chocolate – I used 300g – but the amount depends on how much you want to make – the chocolate is to coat the marshmallow and stick the bark together. You could also use milk chocolate, dark chocolate or a mix of all three. We went for the white stuff. £1.20 per 100g bar Tesco.
- Multi-coloured mini marshmallows £1.25 Bakers & Larners. I used 2 packs.
- Chocolate beans Marks and Spencer – Smarties will work for this, but try to use lighter, more pastel colours. Similar ones £1.20 Ocado.
- Hundreds and Thousands £1.20 Cake Craft Store – again – I chose light coloured ones.
- 1tsp shortening (not essential but helps the melting process go more smoothly – literally!) Crisco Shortening £3.50 Tesco.
- Sharp knife.
- Serving plate.
- Mixing bowl.
- Wooden spoon.
- Baking tray (make sure it fits into your fridge!) lined with baking parchment.
- Break the chocolate into chunks and add the shortening into a bowl.
- Place bowl in a pan over a small amount of simmering water so the chocolate can melt. Do this slowly and carefully, stirring as you go. You need this step to be be just right – white chocolate is especially tricky. Ensure the water in the pan does not touch the bowl on top of the pan.
- Remove bowl from heat as soon as the chocolate has melted.
- Place marshmallows and chocolate beans into a mixing bowl and pour the chocolate mixture over them and stir it around so it coats the marshmallows. This step needs to be fast as you don’t want those babies to melt!
- Turn out the mixture onto a lined baking tray and spread it around so it is reasonably flat and consistent in thickness.
- Pour sprinkles over the mix.
- Put the tray with the mix into the fridge for 20 minutes to set.
- Remove the tray from the fridge once the mix has set and place the sheet with the hard mix on, onto a cutting board/surface.
- Quickly and carefully cut the mix into small squares (around 5cm x 5cm) – or whatever size you want. Carefully peel the parchment paper away from each piece and stack on a plate.
- Return the plate to the fridge for final setting.
- Serve and stuff.
- Depending on how many pieces you and your kids eat….feel sick piggy!
So easy, so fun, so stylish. Chocolate, food, toys, books, shopping – we love feeding your habit! Happy Easter!
Please note, this recipe was inspired by one on Butter with a side of Bread a baking blog.