Seeing green and red tinsel, candy canes, shiny colourful baubles and hearing carols at the mall is a reminder that Christmas is just around the corner. In fact, just 8 days away. Thank goodness all my christmas shopping is done. Although it is tiring walking around a busy crowded mall, pondering on the perfect gift for your loved ones, I do enjoy coming home and wrapping them. I have a thing about wrapping. Rather meticulous about it. Even if it means just putting rocky road into 30 individual bags. Then tying them up with pretty twines. Which is what I did over the weekend. Just a little something for work.
I was away from the office during Christmas last year and I didn’t get the chance to give some christmas goodies to my colleagues. Aren’t they lucky this year! Over the weekend I bought some ingredients for a christmas-sy rocky road which I planned to wrap up for my team.
Here are a couple of fast, simple and delicious treats you can make in time for the Christmas break. Homemade treats are always a winner so these would be perfect to give out to friends and family.
White Chocolate Christmas Rocky Road
420g white chocolates
1 ½ cups pink and white marshmallows
16 small green and red peppermint flavoured candy canes (crushed)
¼ cup desiccated coconut
Line a 3cm deep, 25cm x 15cm (10inch x 6inch) bar pan with baking paper, allowing it to overhang on the sides. Place white chocolates in a microwave proof bowl and melt chocolates in the microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes. Stirring after 1 minute or until melted and smooth. Allow it to cool slightly but don’t let it harden.
In a large bowl, combine candy canes, coconut and marshmallows. Add melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan and top with a little more shredded coconut. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into small cubes.
The result? Chewy and delicious, sweet and minty with pillowy soft marshmallows. You just can’t stop at one.
Tip: If your candy canes come in individual wraps, it’s best to crush them whilst they’re still in the wrapping to avoid candy shards flying into oblivion. Or your face.
Dark Chocolate Christmas Rocky Road
620g dark chocolates
1 ½ – 2 cups pink and white marshmallows
½ cup roughly chopped walnuts
½ cup pistachios (salted and roasted)
¼ cup dried goji berries
Line a 3cm deep, 25cm x 15cm (10inch x 6inch) bar pan with baking paper, allowing it to overhang on the sides. Place dark chocolates in a microwave proof bowl and melt chocolates in the microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes. Stirring after 1 minute or until melted and smooth.
In a large bowl, combine walnuts, pistachios, goji berries and marshmallows. Add melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into small cubes.
I love the combination of the pistachios and dark chocolates – salty and sweet just taste great together.
Wrapped and ready to go! I thought the tags and stickers were cute. Bags were from a local party shop (bag of 30 for $3.50). Twine, stickers and gift tags from kikki.K stationery. The twine comes in a small tubular container, $7.95 for 50 metres. A book of about 100 stickers (sealers, labels and tags) for $19.95. Great value for money. I used plain wrapping paper for my gifts and got my daughter to help me with the stickers to decorate the wrapper. Kids love stickers so that was a lot of fun for her and there were still plenty of stickers left in the book.
That’s all from me for 2013. I will be back posting yummy treats in the new year. For now, I wish you and your family a safe and joyous christmas. May the new year bring you much, much happiness.
Lots of love,