It's no secret that I love getting in the kitchen and baking up a storm, especially in the festive season, but today instead of baking something I have 3 very quick, easy and fun NO BAKE treats perfect for the holiday season, these treats are great if you have children as they can get involved in making some of the treats and it requires no skill at all, all you have to do is basically throw them all together.
Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge
What You Will Need
300g of Dark Chocolate
1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Tablespoons of Butter
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
A couple of Candy Canes, crushed
1. Firstly pop the sweetened condensed milk, the dark chocolate and the butter in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine and heat for another 15 seconds if needed.
2. Add a tiny bit of peppermint extract to get a slight minty flavour throughout the fudge and stir again until well combined.
3. Pour your fudge mixture into a lined baking tray and top with crushed candy canes and any other decorations you like, I also used some mini white chocolate stars, then pop in the freezer to set for about an hour.
4.Once your fudge is set cut into squares or rectangles and store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can either eat the fudge as an indulgent treat or you can pop a square of the fudge in a cup, add warm milk and it makes that most amazing peppermint hot chocolate, yum!
Peppermint Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Dips/Treats
What You Will Need
Mini Candy Canes
Milk Chocolate Melted
1. Firstly take your mini candy canes and pop them into the tops of your marshmallows, they should stick really easily because the inside of the marshmallows is really sticky.
2. Next your going to want to crush up some extra candy canes and pop them into a bowl ready for decoration later on.
3. Then carefully melt some milk chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted, I only needed half of a large bar of dairy milk but this will depend on how many Peppermint Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Dips/Treats your making.
4. Dip the bottoms of the marshmallows into the melted chocolate and then dip again in the crushed candy canes, then set aside on greaseproof paper for 30 minutes to set.
5. Once your Peppermint Candy Cane Treats are set you can either use them to swirl in your hot chocolate to add a yummy peppermint flavour or you can use them as marshmallow-y candy cane treats.
Sad Melted Snowman Biscuits
What You Will Need
1 Cup Of Icing Sugar
Black/Grey Food Coloured Gel
Smarties or M&M's to Decorate
1. Firstly place down some digestive biscuits, the amount is totally up to you and depends on how many melted snowman biscuits you want to make.
2. Then you need to whip up a batch of icing, I used 1 cup of icing sugar and 3-4 teaspoons of water, this creates the perfect icing that isn't to runny but is easy enough to spread and pipe.
3. Then put half of the icing mixture into a separate bowl and colour it with black food colouring gel, this created a dark grey icing, you can keep adding the gel until it's black but I wasn't too fussed so left it dark grey.
4. Then pop your black/dark grey icing in a piping bag/sandwich bag and pipe little sad faces onto your marshmallows, once you have all your sad faces at the ready pop a dollop of your white icing on your digestive biscuits and spread as messy as you like to replicate melted snow, then pop your sad snowman marshmallow faces on top of the icing.
5. Once all your snowman marshmallow faces are on the biscuits you can decorate how you like, I added some M&M's for melted buttons and used the grey icing again to pipe twig arms on and voilaaaa!
All three of these treats where so fun to make and it only took me 45 minutes to do the lot, the only thing that really took a long time was the fudge as that needed to set but the preparation time was only 5-10 minutes for the fudge, it was so quick. I think these treats are so cute and make great finger foods for any festive spread, I also love how the fudge doubles up as a peppermint hot chocolate too.
Will you be making any no bake treats this Christmas? I'd love to know beaut's?