With Easter fast approaching, supermarket shelves are stacked high with a huge range of foil covered chocolatey eggs and all sorts of other confectionary creations, ready and waiting to be gifted to friends and family members. However, once you’ve had your chocolate fix over the Easter weekend you may be left with a pile of half-eaten eggs, and need a way of using up all of this leftover chocolate.
Well, we’re here to help. Here we’ve rounded up six delicious things you can do with leftover chocolate.
If you have a decent amount of leftover chocolate then making a batch of rocky road is always a good idea. It works best if you have at least 100g of chocolate, which you need to melt in a bowl with half the amount of butter and a dollop of golden syrup. Then, all you have to do is stir in your chosen ingredients: think crushed biscuits, dried fruit, mini marshmallows, nuts or even pretzel bits. Just make sure that you have enough chocolate to properly coat the ingredients, otherwise the rocky road won’t stick together once it’s chilled. Chill until firm, then cut into chunks and enjoy!
This may seem like a slightly obvious choice, but chocolate sauce is a great addition to many, many things. Make a simple chocolate sauce with butter, milk, honey and chocolate, and melt it gently until you get a thick, glossy sauce. From there, the possibilities are endless! Pour it over ice cream, dip fruit and marshmallows into a chocolatey puddle or drizzle it over cake for a little added luxury.
If you want to give your hot chocolate a luxury twist then make it from scratch, by melting chocolate pieces with milk gently in a pan. Once it’s all melted together just ladle it into heatproof glasses or tall mugs and top with whatever you desire, from scoops of vanilla ice cream to whipped cream and marshmallows.
There’s something fabulously nostalgic about chocolate cornflake cakes, and they always go down well – even to this day. All you have to do is melt the chocolate and then stir in some corn flakes, making sure that the mixture is well coated with chocolate. Scoop into cupcake cases and top with mini eggs or whatever you fancy, before chilling until set. If you fancy a change you could use crushed shredded wheats instead of cornflakes for a twist on a classic.
Chocolate and cheesecake is a winning combination, and a lot easier to put together than you might think. Even cheap chocolate works well in a cheesecake; just melt it down and mix with ricotta, eggs, and vanilla before spooning it on top of a classic digestive biscuit base. Bake them for 30 mins and decorate with your choice of chocolatey adornments before chilling. These also work well as individual cheesecakes if you make them in cupcake cases – great for getting the kids involved.
When you think of delicious, popular chocolate-based recipes, most people think of brownies. After all, what is there to dislike about brownies? There’s no reason why you can’t use any mixed up, leftover chocolate to make up a batch of delicious chocolate brownies. Plus, you could decorate the tops of your treats with any leftover confectionary – think Mars bar slices or Creme Egg halves for an egg-stra chocolatey touch.
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