The other day when I was shopping for items for my boyfriends birthday I thought I’d get him a Hotel Chocolate Slab from their store but I really didn’t want to pay the £15. I have bought one before that was broken in half so John Lewis reduced it down to £10 which is still a lot.
So I thought why don’t I make my own as then I can add whatever I wanted and it would probably be a lot cheaper to make. I found a square baking tin in the cupboard that would be a perfect shape if you don’t have a square one any shaped tin will do. My boyfriend loves milk, dark and white chocolate so I thought a mixture of them would be nice. He also likes fudge and honeycomb too and I decided to add maltesers to it to break up the colour.
I ended up guessing how much chocolate I would need so I bought 4 bars of Cadbury dairy milk, 2 bars of milkyway, 1 packet of maltesers, some fudge and honeycomb and 1 bar of Bournville. This was just the right amount of chocolate that was needed for the chocolate slab.
The first thing you need to do is get some greaseproof paper and place some in the baking tray as you just need the shape of it for the chocolate to flow into the corners as there is no baking required just a fridge. You need to start with three saucepans, 3 glass bowls and fill the pans up with water but make sure the water isn’t touching the bowls otherwise the chocolate may burn. Break the chocolate up into chunks and put the gas on a low temperature as you want the chocolate to melt slowly. Stir each bowl with a separate spatula. You can use any chocolate you like the only down side to using Cadbury’s is that as soon as you touch it, it starts to melt.
While the chocolate is slowly melting I cut in half the maltesers, fudge and broke the honey comb up into bits as I didn’t want massive chunks in the chocolate slab. The dark chocolate took a lot longer to melt than the other two so you can just turn off the heat for the other two and keep stirring them until the dark chocolate has melted.
After putting greaseproof paper in the baking tin you can then start putting in the treats and where you want them. Once you do pour the chocolate in the treats will move about a bit. Once you have poured all the milk chocolate in move the tin from side to side so that it fills all the corners and evens out. You don’t have to use milk chocolate to start with as it depends what chocolate you prefer.
Once all the milk chocolate has been spread out, this is where the fun part comes in. Get a spatula and spoon a bit of the white and dark chocolate in and shake the spatula across the tin so that lines are drawn across it. Then take a wooden stick or even a tooth pick and whirl the chocolate around which gives it a marble effect. I didn’t really follow a design as I just wanted to create a marble effect and for the corners to be white and dark chocolate. You can then add more treats once you have created a marble effect and then poke them down a little so they sink into the chocolate. There are so many things you can do when it comes to designing a chocolate slab.
This is what it looked like just before I placed it in the fridge. I left it in the fridge until it went solid. If you leave it in the fridge for too long the honeycomb and maltesers will go all sticky.
Once removed from the fridge be careful not to touch the chocolate too much as it does melt quite quickly. The greaseproof paper peels off really easy and if you have some where to keep it or if you don’t then I would leave it in the greaseproof paper. The chocolate slab looks great and is about 1 and half cms thick. I can’t wait to show my boyfriend and see what he says. I left mine in the fridge for 24 hours and then placed it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
As it is a gift I decided to wrap it up like a parcel in the greaseproof paper and put some ribbon around it to keep it secure. I think this is a great idea for a gift for someone and it’s really fun to do. You can also make mini bars if you like instead of one big one. For all the ingredients it was around £9 not as cheap as I had hoped but this is quite a big slab. I will defiantly be making some more slabs in the future. Give it a go and see what you can make.
What would you have in your chocolate slab?