Delicious Chocolate Summer Treats with Cadbury’s

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Chocolate Party

Chocolate Party

I have gone unabashedly Chocolate mad this weekend, this is a semi natural state as far as I am concerned. I love everything from White Chocolate to Dark, Forestero beans to Criollo, basically I like to eat it and eat it often. Not all my Chocolate is eaten in bar form, I think it’s great to get creative and try out new ideas when you can. When I saw the Cadbury’s shop from Collective Bias I jumped at the chance to join in.

Cadbury's Chocolate

Cadbury's Chocolate

I shopped for my supplies at Asda, where I was mesmerised by the sheer selection. There were huge varieties of Chocolate cakes, Chocolate desserts, Chocolate bars and all of it Cadbury’s. I stuck to my list (almost) and came away managing not to eat any prematurely. To see my shopping trip take a look here.

I had so many ideas (inventions) for this post that I couldn’t decide on one single Chocolate creation, so I made three and planned a little Chocolate party for our family. If my husband and I were excited, the children were ecstatic! From the sophisticated and sublime to the downright silly, I had a go at creating it all!

Lavender Chocolate Deco Roll

Lavender Chocolate Deco Roll

Lavender Chocolate Deco Roll

First up was my sophisticated creation the ‘Lavender Chocolate Deco Roll’. I adore Lavender cake and I’ve always wanted to make a Deco Roll so it made sense to try and combine both ideas, thankfully it worked!

If you’ve never seen a Deco Roll before, they are Swiss rolls with pictures piped right into the cake. Take a look around the web to see some truly astounding creations. I believe they are Japanese in origin and add a level of creativity and whimsy that is otherwise severely lacking from your standard Swiss roll. You’ll probably see that many of the recipes are in Japanese, which causes a slight problem unless your happen to speak that language. I managed to find a brilliant tutorial/recipe on YouTube. Basically you make an egg yolk batter which is coloured and then piped onto a silicone baking sheet in your chosen design (I drew Lavender sprigs). This is baked for just 1.5mins, before making the cake batter which is spread over the top. The end result…wonderfully decorative Swiss rolls.

Flat Deco Roll

Flat Cooked Deco Roll (with Lavender sprigs design)

Deco Roll Filling

Deco Roll Filling

For my variation, the Cake Batter had some cocoa added. Then I cut some fresh lavender from the garden and sprinkled it over whipped cream with sugar for the filling. Next I added grated Cadbury’s Bournville before rolling up. The Deco Roll needs to be in the fridge for at least a day to firm up. I know I made this and I don’t want to sound big headed, but this cake rocked!Deco Swiss Roll

Strawberries and Cream Lego Ice Cream

Strawberries and Cream Lego Ice Cream

Strawberries & Cream Lego Ice-Cream

I’m a bit silly when it comes to ice cream, I’ll try chucking anything in there! With that in mind I set about creating my latest idea, Strawberries and Cream Lego Ice Cream. I melted down the brand new Limited Edition Cadbury’s Strawberries and Cream Chocolate and poured into moulds. This smelled absolutely divine, never mind the taste (which was wonderful), it also set brilliantly. These would look great on a cake if you don’t fancy making ice cream 🙂

Chocolate Lego

Chocolate Lego

I used my trusty ice cream maker, of course it can be made without one but it takes more time. Then I placed the Lego blocks and Lego men into the ice cream and mixed before placing into the freezer for a couple of hours. This is the funniest and tastiest summer ice cream I’ve made, the kids routed through and squealed everytime they found a man or brick, great fun for a summer afternoon.Lego Ice Cream

Chocolate Roses in Chocolate Pots with Chocolate Soil

Chocolate Roses in Chocolate Pots with Chocolate Soil

Chocolate Roses in Chocolate Flowerpots with Chocolate Soil

Finally I had another new idea, Chocolate Roses in pots 🙂 I am so chuffed with how these turned out. New ideas are always nerve wracking, so I was over the moon with the end result. First I painted the inside of some silicone pots with melted Cadbury’s Bournville. I built up several layers to give the pots a good thickness before leaving to set.

Chocolate Soil

Chocolate Soil

While these were drying I made a quick batch of Brownies (using Bournville Cocoa of course). I filled the set choc flower pots with the brownies, making sure to crumble some up on the top so it resembled soil. Mmmmmm….. tasty, tasty soil!

Then I made a batch of Dairy Milk Modelling Chocolate. Modelling chocolate is really fun to work with and fairly easy to make (but expensive to buy). Essentially you are adding something like liquid glucose or golden syrup to melted chocolate, I found this easy to follow tutorial on a site called Cakes Decor. Once mixed and cool you end up with a pliable chocolate that bends to your whim, although it can melt and set quickly so don’t make too much at once.

I made mine into Chocolate Roses. They are deceptively easy to make, cut several thin circles of modelling chocolate, roll one up tightly to make the rose centre. Thin the edges of your remaining circles and layer them around the sides. Pinch off any excess at the back and then push some wire in for your stem. I left them to set and then placed them into the chocolate flower pots.

Chocolate Roses

Chocolate Roses

As you might imagine we all had an amazing time sampling these Chocolate creations, I think I might have to make Chocolate Parties a regular event! When else could you eat a flower pot, rose or Lego man without a trip to the local hospital!

Ben & Jerry’s Moosical!!

To celebrate the fabulous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company turning 35 this year they decided to hold a Moosical in London!

The premise was simple, audience members were asked to tweet in puns (cow, dairy or ice cream inspired) of musicals or recording artists. These would then be improvised into the show to the hilarity of all.

The artist in charge of our amusement was the severely talented Abandoman, winner of many comedy awards. How one man’s brain can work so quickly to bend a song or rap on the spot amazes me. In fact it’s impossible to describe, so I recorded a couple of videos to show you all.

In this first video some of the audience suggestions for band names were written onto a flip pad, these were worked into a rap suggesting new flavour names to Ben & Jerry. One of my suggestions ‘Graze Against The Machine’ was chosen for inclusion, along with my friend’s ‘Moo Moo Dolls’ we felt very proud 😀

In this next video the audience were asked to shout out fun activities for a cows day out. Those people with funny suggestions (like zorbing) were then pulled on stage and dressed as cows to dance along.

Finally the night ended with a song about an after show party. One member of the audience had particularly inspired Abandoman with on the spot renditions of Cher songs, so we were all invited (jokingly) to attend a party at his house (Rich’s House).

For more information on the humorous and delicious happenings at Ben & Jerry’s take a look at their facebook page

Also worth a mention is their current campaign to raise standards of care for cows across Europe, more information can be found at

Rachel’s Organic Ice Cream Bombe Recipe!

I was recently sent a box full of Rachel’s Organic yogurts. Amongst the new flavours were some old favourites, so I decided to try out one of Rachel’s new seasonal recipes to share with out all. Here’s how I got on!

I loved the sound of this recipe as soon as I read it, ice-cream, fruit and Rachel’s, what’s not to love! As we had family coming to share in our new year festivities it seemed like the perfect time to give this recipe a try. It was absolutely amazing! The sauce came out a little too thick (and rather less photogenic) but it tasted sensational and I think this wondrous little pudding will become a firm family favourite.

What You’ll Need

200g dried fruit (sultanas, sour cherries, cranberries, blueberries)

6 tbsp brandy or dark rum (optional)

2 tbsp dark brown sugar

350ml double cream

300g Rachel’s Greek Style Bio Live Natural Yogurt

100g Rachel’s Low Fat Vanilla Bio Live Yogurt

200g frozen berries (raspberries or mixed summer)

For the sauce:

200g cranberries, fresh or frozen

100g caster sugar

1 tbsp cornflour

2 tbsp water

Step 1

Soak the dried fruit in the alcohol (we used Brandy) and leave overnight. Tip. Rachel’s suggest that you can also microwave the fruit on high for 2-3 minutes if you’re short on time.

Step 2

Line a 2 litre pudding basin with clingfilm, leaving enough overhang to cover the pudding completely.

Step 3

Whip the cream and yogurts to soft peaks, add the frozen berries (we used raspberries) and stir. Add the soaked fruit and mix well.

Step 4

Carefully spoon into the pudding basin, pushing the mixture down and leveling off the surface. Cover with the leftover clingfilm. Place in the freezer overnight.

Step 5

Before serving remove the pudding from the freezer to allow it to thaw slightly. Then invert the basin onto a plate to release the pudding. Peel off the clingfilm.

Step 6

To make the sauce place the cranberries and sugar into a saucepan and gently heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Mix together the cornflour and water and gradually add to the cranberries and sugar. Allow to thicken and then remove from the heat. Pour the sauce over the bombe and allow to trickle down (I got a little over enthusiastic with the sauce as you’ll see in the picture).

For more yummy recipe ideas from Rachel’s Organic visit