Chocolate gifts for Christmas

Little D is truly a chocoholic.
"Christmas means Chocolate for breakfast."

I'm not sure where he gets it from . Neither Andrew and I are massive chocolate fans, don't get me wrong we do like it, but a little goes a long way. Little D would bathe in it given half the chance. Some days he even walks around humming the songs from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, like some tiny Oompa Lumpa.

We do enjoy good quality chocolate however. So when we were invited to try Thornton's delightfully named Christmas in a Box how could we refuse?  

Christmas in a Box (£39.99) is perfect for entertaining, and with 100 sumptuous chocolates there is something for everyone. Flavours include chocolates from Thornton's Winter Dessert Gallery range as well as their popular Continental and Classic ranges.  This is topped off with a festive selection of Christmas inspired chocolates. Yum. 
The only complaint we had about this lovely selection was keeping Little D's hands off, so we decided to entertain him with a little chocolate making of his own.

Earlier this year Little D joined a lovely nursery school, where his ladies as he calls them really make sure that everyone has a fantastic time.  Little D was keen that all the staff have a little present to say thank you for all their hard work. 

We decided together that we would make some decorated chocolate slabs as presents, treats that would put Willie Wonka to shame.

As you can see Little D really enjoyed getting stuck in. He was so engrossed that he didn't even try and eat any of the sweeties (well not until the end anyway).  This is a great fun Christmas activity to try with your children and older children could make this on their own with a little support.

Here's one of his finished bars.  This one is an extra large gift which you could wrap as it is or break up into shards and bag.

Festive Chocolate Slabs
(makes one large chocolate slab)

What you will need

3 x 100g Good quality dark Chocolate 
1 x 100g Good quality white Chocolate

Sweeties and treats to top.

We used:

  • Small candy canes
  • Silver balls
  • Red, white and green sprinkles
  • Cranberries
  • Red, White and Green Jelly beans

How to make it:

Line a baking tray with silicon or grease proof paper.

Break up your dark chocolate into a microwavable jug.  Cook on high in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the chocolate is melted. Pour carefully onto your tray and spread with a pallet knife or tablespoon into a rough oblong about 3mm thick. Be sure to leave 1/2 inch of greaseproof paper on all sides.

Break up your white chocolate into a microwavable jug.  Cook on high in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the chocolate is melted. Pour in the centre of the dark chocolate. Use the tip of a knife or kebab/cocktail stick to swirl the chocolate making a marbled pattern.

Decorate with sweets and treats, whatever you like. Put in the fridge for 45 minutes to chill.  Wrap and gift.

You can also use this recipe to make smaller bars, either freehand on the grease proof paper or in the bottom of a silicon loaf 'tin'.  Each bar will take 100g dark chocolate and 33g of white chocolate.  

Once you have cracked this experiment with different types or quantities of chocolate, patterns and treats, the beauty of this recipe is that is is wonderfully flexible.

We received Thornton's chocolates free of charge to review.  Opinions are our own, as ever.