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What to do with all that leftover Christmas chocolate

Thu, 28 December 2017

What to do with all that leftover Christmas chocolate

If you are now actively attempting to avoid the Quality Street and Toblerone, but are worried about how all that festive chocolate is going to get eaten (you wouldn’t want to waste it after all), you’re not alone.

Instead of watching it sit on the kitchen counter until the tree comes down though, or scoffing it all just to get rid of it, here are a few ideas for using it up, with options for saving it for later.

Make cookie dough

 

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A post shared by Zoë Hennessey (@zoehennessey) on Sep 29, 2012 at 3:01pm PDT

You might be over biscuits at the moment (yes, even ones with cheese), but in a week or so, your sweet tooth might be back, and then some cookie dough will come in handy. Whip up your favourite cookie dough recipe, stuffed with chopped chunks of any Advent calendar chocolate or After Eights you have left, and roll your dough into a log shape. Pop it in the freezer (you can even slice it into rounds, so your cookies are already formed), and next time you really get a sugar craving, these will be ready and waiting to be brought to life in a hot oven.

Whip up some ice cream

 

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A post shared by Kathryn Tecler (@fromscratchbykat) on Mar 24, 2017 at 8:21am PDT

If you’re lucky enough to have an ice-cream maker, it might be time to churn up a batch of homemade chocolate ice cream. Go one better than choc chip and mix in odds and ends from your Christmas chocolate stash – we’re thinking some chopped up Celebrations would work a treat.

Do a big batch of rocky road

 

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A post shared by Anna-Lena & AnneLie (@systrarnas_drommar) on Dec 22, 2017 at 12:22pm PST

You can freeze it, store it for later, give it to the kids – and it’ll use up leftover chocolate as well as chocolate biscuits. All you need is butter, golden syrup, crushed biscuits and the dregs from your selection pack and you’ll be sorted. Top them with roughly-chopped Christmas nuts for bonus points.

Drink it

 

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A post shared by Monika Pe (@monikape1233) on Dec 28, 2017 at 2:20am PST

You might be sick of eating chocolate, but what about drinking it? For a really decadent hot chocolate, grate your best leftover dark chocolate bar into a pan with milk, heat through until molten and fully blended, pour into a mug, add whipped cream and drink. A nip of something stronger wouldn’t go amiss either.

Tray bake some flapjacks

 

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A post shared by Hyunmi Jang (@hyunmijang) on Nov 17, 2017 at 5:59am PST

For some reason, flapjacks always feel like a healthier snack option than a handful of chocolate coins – despite all the syrup in them. Arguably, all those oats do keep you going for longer, so make a tray and stud them with festive choccies, then wrap in cling film and freeze until the time comes when your cups of tea aren’t constantly accompanied by a handful of Quality Street.

If all else fails, all that chocolate will probably keep until Easter anyway.



© Press Association 2017

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