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  • Cake
  • Mini cakes
  • Muffins
  • Chocolate muffins

These incredibly delicious Halloween treats are easy to make. You can of course, decorate them however you want.

13 people made this

IngredientsServes: 24

  • For the muffins
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix with icing
  • To decorate
  • crumbled chocolate biscuits, as needed
  • jelly snakes, as needed

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:35min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease 2 muffin tins or line with paper cases.
  2. Prepare cake mixture according to box instructions for cupcakes or muffins. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tins filling them only 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or as directed on the box.
  3. Allow muffins to cool. Prepare chocolate icing from the box according to instructions and spread onto muffins. Sprinkle biscuit crumbs on top.
  4. Cut jelly snakes or worms in half and brush the cut side with some chocolate icing. Stick onto muffins and allow to dry.

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Reviews in English (1)

big hit with the kids!-29 Oct 2012


From Simply Chocolate: Irresistible Recipes to Share with Friends and Family Simply Chocolate by Janelle Bloom

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  • Categories: Cakes, large Frostings & fillings Dessert
  • Ingredients: self-raising flour dark chocolate melts butter cocoa powder Rolos Kit-Kat candy bars Smarties candies (UK) Violet Crumble candy bars Jelly Tots cooking chocolate

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Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.Break up 150g of the milk chocolate andput it in a bowl with the butter. Sit thebowl over a pan of gently simmering waterand allow to melt, stirring occasionally,until smooth. Set aside to cool.

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Remove from the oven and, while stillhot, sprinkle the remaining gratedchocolate over the tops of each pudding.Leave to cool slightly, then carefullyremove the jars from the tin and allowto cool completely.

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Add a few jelly snakes to your jungle,coiling in and around the trees to set thescene. Repeat with the other jars.

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Oh sure, we had the best intentions. But, as the kids came home from school and the whirlwind of homework and afternoon activities began, we often found ourselves reaching for those convenient (and maybe not-so-healthy) snacks.

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6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls (5 g protein per ball)
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Christmas pudding truffles

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It&rsquos my first Australian Christmas, and it&rsquos just not right. Don&rsquot get me wrong, I love the carols in the park, the barbeques in the garden, the outdoor parties at friends&rsquo houses. But where are the cosy evenings in front of the fire drinking mulled wine and eating warm mince pies? Where are the carol singers at your door in scarves and hats and with red noses and frosty breath?

I would usually moan about the dark, cold days of a European December, but as we all know we often don&rsquot realise that we would miss something until we don&rsquot have it any more!

One thing that Australians do have on Christmas Day in common with the English, I&rsquom happy to report, is a lovely rich, alcohol-soaked Christmas pudding (aka plum pudding) for dessert. Now I realise that many readers may have absolutely no idea what this is, so just to enlighten you it&rsquos an extremely gooey, heavy, almost-black-in-colour traditional Christmas dessert laden with a ridiculous amount of dried fruits, spices and nuts. It&rsquos mixed and steamed in a bowl as early as October and then on the day it&rsquos turned out upside down onto a plate, a sprig of holly is put on the top and alcohol (usually brandy) is poured all over it. It&rsquos then lit and taken to the table on fire and everyone goes &lsquoOooooh!&rsquo It doesn&rsquot matter that you&rsquore already stuffed up to your eye-balls with turkey and cranberry sauce, you just have to make space for a spoonful of Christmas pud smothered in brandy butter or a custard-y brandy sauce.

For anyone who&rsquos interested, I just had a little search around to find out the history of this &lsquolove-it-or-hate-it-but-got-to-have-it-on-the-Christmas-table&rsquo English tradition and apparently it dates back as early as 1430 or even earlier! At that time it was a sort of (I have to say very yucky-sounding) porridge containing beef, mutton, raisins, prunes, wines and spices and was made simply as a way of preserving meat. It became a customary Christmas dessert by about 1650 after King George I requested plum pudding as part of his Christmas feast. By Victorian times, a Christmas pudding with blue flames licking around it had morphed into the version we know today and become the centrepiece of an Englishman&rsquos Christmas dinner. And so it remains!

Now that I&rsquove gone to great lengths to enlighten those of you who don&rsquot know about Christmas &lsquopuds&rsquo, errm, I&rsquom not going to tell you how to make one &hellip ohhh nooo. Not because I like to be a big tease but &hellip well, check out the list of ingredients in these things! Plus &hellip well, it&rsquos a bit late now!

But what I DO have for you today are some cute little mini Christmas pudding truffles. A lovely friend of mine told me yesterday that she always takes a plate of these along to any Christmas function she&rsquos invited to and everyone loves them. She explained to me exactly how to make them, I logged all the info in my head &hellip and here we are! Believe me, they are much much simpler than making a Christmas pud! And a lot cuter, too.

I reckon you really needed to know the background of Christmas puddings before making these tasty truffles if you don&rsquot happen to be from the UK or Australia. Imagine how proud you&rsquoll feel when you can impress all your friends with the story (and history!) of what they represent.


Recipe :: Choccy Snakes rocky road

These sweet snakes add a colourful surprise to your rocky road — perfect for school lunch boxes.

Photo :: Naomi Giatas

Ingredients

600g baking milk chocolate
200g marshmallows, chopped
60g puffed millet
150g JeliChocs Choccy Snakes, chopped

Method

• Place the baking milk chocolate in a bowl over a double-boiler and stir until melted.
• Once the chocolate has cooled slightly, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
• Pour chocolate mixture into a pre-lined 26cm x 16cm slice tin and refrigerate until set.
• Use a warm knife to cut the slice into small squares.

Photo :: Naomi Giatas

We used: Menz Choccy Snakes

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