I have been debating which Christmassy themed sweet treats to share on the blog lately. I love sharing recipes, especially the quirky seasonal themed kind! (Did you see these little cuties from Halloween? Or these spooky treats?)
But this year I’ve found myself in a perpetual state of panic when it comes to seasonal blog posts. It’s all going by so fast! I have read that the best time to make seasonal posts is at least a month before the event, and here we are with just a week left! Eeeek!
So I decided, y’know what? I’m going to stop beating myself up for missing the Christmas recipe bandwagon this year. Next year I hope I will have greater blogging experience, be more organised and have the forethought to get them planned out and made in advance.
So what do I have to offer recipe wise in December? How about the quickest, easiest sweet treat you can think of. And I even managed to resist the temptation to sprinkle crushed candy canes on top!
We love a good fridge cake! Usually, the recipe I follow is based on the epic ‘Rocky Road’.
‘Fridge Cakes’ require nothing more than melting some chocolate, mixing it all together and throwing into a pan to chill in the fridge, hence the name!
I love a traditional Rocky Road style fridge cake, with mini marshmallows and sweet, sticky glace cherries! But! I saw a lovely recipe not too long ago (I wish I could remember where! Whoops!) for crispy treats using popcorn as an alternative.
I love the combination of salt and chocolate. Not too much, but when the balance is just right there is something amazing about that combo!
So we went and picked up some glace cherries, chocolate and grabbed a pack of sweet and salty popcorn. We already had mini marshmallows in the cupboard, so we were ready to go!
I put some of the popcorn in a food bag and let Gray have a little fun with the rolling pin while I sliced the cherries into halves and quarters, to make them a little more spread out. Gray gave the popcorn a good walloping until there was a nice mix of big, medium and small pieces for variety. He really enjoyed his role in the making!
All we did then was melt the chocolate by breaking it up into a microwave safe jug and heating for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Then mix everything together in a bowl, pour into a pan and place in the fridge to chill, done!
Popcorn (about one small individual bag)
Glace Cherries (A handful)
Mini Marshmallows (A slightly bigger handful)
Chocolate (Two ‘sharing’ size bars, about 200g)
- Break chocolate up into microwave safe jug and melt for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
- Slice a handful of cherries into preferred sized pieces
- Put about a small individual portion of popcorn into a plastic food bag. (We used just under ¼ of a large family bag) Smash with rolling pin until popcorn pieces are preferred size.
- Mix all ingredients with melted chocolate in medium sized bowl until evenly covered.
- Tip mixture into lined cake pan or silicone pan and leave in fridge until set, at least one hour.
- Slice into small squares or bars or whatever you fancy, enjoy!
A running theme through the recipes I post is always ‘do it your way’. A really good recipe won’t suffer if you substitute one or two things to make it more suited to your taste, and I think Fridge Cake is the absolute winner for this.
You can use whatever kind of chocolate you wish. Instead of popcorn you could add crushed biscuits, Oreos, Ritz crackers, or a mix of several.
Instead of marshmallows or cherries you could add raisins, nuts, jelly beans. Heck, much like my favourite chocolate bark recipe!
I love a good ‘whatever was in the pantry’ recipe, and why can’t a good sweet treat be made the same way?
If you really want to make this into a Christmassy recipe, why not used mint flavour chocolate, raisins, marshmallows, crushed Oreos and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top?
Or if you love gingerbread, use crushed ginger biscuits, mini marshmallows, chunks of marzipan and sprinkle some chopped cinnamon crackers on top? Okay… Now I may have to go re-make this as a Christmas theme treat after all….
Let me know if you try it with a Christmas twist or just enjoy as an everyday sweet treat! Hope you like it!