This month over on Tots 100, the new Chenter….sorry…..I mean Center Parcs Family Challenge is all about a touch of the sweet stuff. That’s right, my favourite with a glass of wine and Grace’s favourite with a glass of milk….chocolate! We are joining in with the Tots 100 and Center Parcs Chocolate Challenge.
We missed January’s challenge about making your home into a spa as I was too busy trying to turn it into a sanctuary following Christmas. We missed February’s pancake challenge because I was too flippin’ busy (flippin’…pancakes…geddit?! Oh, never mind!).
Firstly we decided on making some yummy Creamy Chocolate Marble Fudge, a Betty Crocker recipe. The ingredients are:
- 6 cups of sugar
- 1 can of Evaporated Milk
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 8 oz pack of cream cheese
- 1 pack of mini marshmallows
- 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
- 1 pack of white chocolate chips
- 1 pack of milk chocolate chips
- 6 squares of dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- Line a rectangular pan with foil leaving around 1 inch of foil overhanging the pan on two opposite sides
- Heat the sugar, milk, butter, and cream cheese to boiling over a medium high heat and cook for 6 – 8 mins, stirring constantly
- Reduce heat to medium and and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally then remove
- Quickly stir in the marshmallows and vanilla essence. Pour the white chocolate chips into a separate bowl and then pour half the mixture on top. Stir the mixture so that the white choc chips melt
- Stir the milk choc chips, dark chocolate and cocoa powder into the remaining marshmallow mixture
- Pour a third of the white mixture into the rectangular pan, quickly pour a third of the brown mixture on top and repeat (We left a little of the brown mixture behind to use for another reason below)
- Refrigerate the mixture for approx 3 hours until it sets
We poured some of the remaining brown mixture into some Easter Egg moulds which we’ve got and also put them in the fridge to set and the rest we kept as ‘chocolate glue’.
Whilst all this yummy fudge mixture was setting, we set to work to set up the Chocolate Playground (calm down Chirpy, stop cheeping!! 😉 ).
First we spread mixed nuts all over the large oval green plate we had. This became the gravel floor. Then we made a chocolate roundabout using a jaffa cake, chocolate finger and a marshmallow tea cake for the base. Using the chocolate glue, we stuck two of the kiddie chicks on the roundabout. Then we made the slide using a bar of white chocolate for the slide, a curly wurly for the steps and another tea cake for the base and stuck on another chick. The see saw is made from another bar of white chocolate and a tea cake and we stuck the chicks on either end. We placed another curly wurly on the ‘playground floor’ as a play ladder. Then we got some chocolate fingers and using chocolate glue we stuck them together to form a box. We then filled it with white, dark and milk chocolate mini balls to make it into a ball pool. then, placing some strawberry chocolate buttons on top of the nuts, we made a little pathway for the chicks to follow.
Finally, once the fudge was set, we were ready to finish the playground by building a large seating area for the Mummy chicks and their babies in their nests. Positioned in pride of place was Chirpy Cheep Cheep himself – keeping an eye on everyone to make sure they didn’t chomp the chocolate!
Handy tip: Don’t position your display anywhere near the cooker and/or boiler before taking the photo AND eating the rest of the fudge!! The fudge melted to form a chocolate mound instead of stack! Oh well, what a shame, we’ll get a spoon and spread it as fudge sauce on some ice cream instead! 😉
This post is entered into this month’s Tots 100 Center Parcs Family Challenge. The challenge ends at 4pm on 29th March. Details here.