I’ve taken the liberty of updating this Jumble Squares; a recipe for leftover chocolate, to coincide with the post Christmas health kick. I’m sure like me you’re feeling the need to consume all the sweet treats asap before getting back into a healthier routine and this is a great way to do that. Plus you get to tidy away and recycle all the chocolate boxes too so you can have that warm fuzzy feeling of being kind to the planet (something I’m sure you are more than happy about) – Yay to warm fuzzy feelings!
Originally written after Easter Holidays: So then, the kids are now back and school, the British weather has had a personality change (for the better) and many of us still have a mountain of chocolate leftover from the Easter celebrations. I have two simple recipes I tend to return to when this happens. The first I’ll mention below in the other recipe suggestions section. The second is a bit more busy in ingredients but an excellent teatime treat and super filling so you only need one square washed down with a cuppa to keep those energy levels up during the inevitable afternoon lull, or even an after school snack once the kiddies are back.
Tips on how to use leftover Christmas or Easter Chocolate
My jumble squares are a simple marshmallow square base with a chocolate topping. I’ve been known to use this recipe to melt down a glut of Christmas chocolate leftovers, Easter eggs and even a whole box of chocolates. The latter turned into a very interesting flavour as there were lemon and coffee creams in the selection box but we all enjoyed them nonetheless. One word of advice if you plan to do this with a selection box that has fondants, the fondant will give the melted chocolate a very different consistency not unlike fudge so if you want to be able to pour it over your marshmallow squares then I’d suggest adding a little fat such as butter or coconut oil.
You still won’t get the same consistency as melted chocolate but you will be able to spread the chocolate mixture with a silicone spatula. As I say, this combination is like fudge so it’s perfectly easy to manipulate the mixture over your marshmallow crispie base.
Other recipes perfect for using up leftover chocolate
I have a number of recipes now that world well with chocolate leftovers. Take my Rice Crispy Treats | delicious chocolate coated doughnuts again, this is a winner with the kiddies. You could also add the chocolate leftovers to my Raw Chocolate Snack Squares with a little tweaking to the recipe, this was you get the added nutritional value of adding seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Another idea would be my Apricot Cacao Raw Squares (gluten, dairy, egg free)
If anyone wishes to try these and wants help working out the method (if your tweaking skills leave a little to be desired) then please do email me at [email protected] or comment below and I’ll advise you.
A quick and simple way to use up any celebration leftover chocolate lying around the house post Easter or Christmas. Easy to make diary free as well as gluten free.
- 200 g marshmallows
- 2 tsp butter use dairy free if required
- 300 g crisped rice cereal
- 300 g leftover chocolate! feel free to use more if you have it.
To make the marshmallow crispy base simply melt the marshmallows gently in a saucepan (I find the melted marshmallow behaves better if do choose this method rather than the microwave)
Add the 2 teaspoons of butter and stir thoroughly to combine.
Add you crispies and with a silicone spatula mix until all the crispies are coated.
Plop into an 8"x 8" square cake tin and using the spatula squash into the corners.
TIP: I have a glass of water handy for this bit and keep dipping the spatula in too prevent any sticking.
In a separate saucepan melt your various chocolate leftovers (as mentioned in post if your chocolate contains fondants you may need to add a little coconut oil or butter at this stage to keep the mixture malleable and easy to pour/spread
Pour or spread the chocolate mixture onto the marshmallow base and top with your favourite gluten free sprinkles. Then chill for 30 minutes before cutting into sensible sized squares...or not so sensible ...they're your Jumbles!