DIY Chocolate Slab

For Christmas, I always like to give some gifts that have been hand-made to make them more special. In previous years I have given onion chutney, tomato chutney and lemon curd which have all proved to be a bit hit. This year I have already made onion chutney again (on request), and marrow chutney but wanted to do something a little different. After visiting Hotel Chocolat with my mum and seeing the amazing slabs of chocolate they have, I decided to try and give it a go. I just used up what I had in my cupboard for the toppings which included mixed nuts, raisins and cranberries. It came out better than I thought it would, so decided to share how you can do it yourself.

What you will need
2 different chocolates, I used white and milk as it is my parents' preference.
Toppings of your choice
Greaseproof paper

Break up the chocolate and place in separate bowls and melt (either over a saucepan of warm water or slowly in the microwave)

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper to stop the finished chocolate from sticking. Pour the white chocolate and milk chocolate onto the tray and spread out to make a square(ish) shape. I used a spatula to level out the chocolate.

While the chocolate is still runny, use a knife and run it back and forth between the two colours. This gives a nice swirl effect. Then sprinkle on your toppings and press slightly into the chocolate using a spatula or something similar. This helps them to stick to the chocolate when it cools off.

It's as simple as that. Just leave to cool down and set, and it should slip off the baking tray easily. You can break into chucks to give to people or leave it as it is and present as a whole bar. Now you have the amazing task of licking the bowls and spoons clean.

Some other idea for making this.
Dark chocolate with orange. Add a little orange zest and pop a little on the top
Top with other chocolates such as smarties or malteasers.
Peanut Butter Chocolate slab. Use the same method as above, but stir in some peanut butter into the white chocolate.

I think these would make the perfect last minute Christmas present, and you can easily tailor them to you recipient 



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