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Tam's fun chocolate cheats are easier than counting to three

Chocolate is a versatile and fun medium to play around with; try these simple dark chocolate recipes for yourself.

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“When tempering [melting] your chocolate, cut it into similar-sized pieces. This will ensure the chocolate melts evenly. Avoid using a plastic bowl; it can retain water and turn the chocolate stiff and grainy, a process also known as seizing. Ideally, use a dry glass or ceramic bowl. Wooden spoons also retain moisture, so it’s best not to use them; a rubber spatula is perfect.”

- Tamara

dark chocolate freckle


Speckle your life with a giant chocolate freckle

All you need is a tray, some melted chocolate and a big jar of 100s and 1000s to supersize this nostalgic treat into a giant breakable, shareable and super colourful chocolate freckle. You can make them as big or small as you like. You could even make a heart or star shape if you're feeling adventurous. These happy little sweets are perfect for parties, decorating cakes, or even wrapping up to give as homemade gifts. 

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chocolate magic shell


Crack that magic chocolate shell

Mix melted chocolate with coconut oil and then get creative! Drizzle it on banana slices and freeze for a tasty treat, or dunk your ice cream cone in a bowl of the liquid chocolate for a DIY choc top. The coconut oil has a neutral flavour, so it won’t be overpowering. If you wanted, you could add a drop of peppermint extract for a flavour boost. I’ve used dark chocolate here, but milk or white will work just as well.

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chocolate crackle bark


Amp up the crunch with chocolate crackle bark

This crunchy, crowd-pleasing treat is so simple to make.  You can get creative with fillings, too. Chopped fruit and nuts or coconut flakes are delicious additions. You could even throw in some mini marshmallows and make a rocky road. I love giving edible gifts – people always appreciate the effort – and these are perfect presents. Just pop them in clear gift bags, tie them with ribbon, and you’re good to go. What a great excuse to invite yourself over for a cuppa!

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