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Terry’s Chocolate Orange Bark Recipe

Welcome to day 6 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making Terry’s chocolate orange bark.

Terry's chocolate orange bark

Bark Ingredients

Method

  1. Cut a piece of non-stick baking paper to the same size as your baking tray. We used a –x– cm baking tray.
    Using a damp cloth, wipe the cookie tray before applying the baking paper. This will stop it from moving around.
  2. Put the milk chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl and stir the chocolate.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds then stir again. Repeat until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. If you prefer, you can place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt it that way. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared tin and drop pieces of Terry’s chocolate orange onto the chocolate and gently press down.
  6. Sprinkle the candied peel over the chocolate.
  7. Refrigerate the bark until set.
  8. Remove from the fridge and using the baking paper take the bark and peel off the baking paper. Break into pieces and serve or package into Christmas themed cellophane bags to give as gifts.
Terry's chocolate orange bark

Tomorrow we’re making snowmen bark.

White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark Recipe

Welcome to day 5 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making white chocolate Christmas tree bark.
I found this recipe on The Decorated Cookie. Again, I’m using UK measurements in this recipe, for the American recipe, visit the link 🙂

white chocolate Christmas tree bark

White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark Ingredients

  • 400g White Chocolate
  • Green Food Colouring Paste
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • 5 Crushed Candy Sticks

Method

  1. Cut a piece of non-stick baking paper to the same size as your baking tray. We used a –x– cm baking tray.
    Using a damp cloth, wipe the cookie tray before applying the baking paper. This will stop it from moving around.
  2. Put the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl and stir the chocolate.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds then stir again. Repeat until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Measure about 100g of melted white chocolate, add a bit of food colouring and mix well. Add food colouring until you get the desired colour.
  5. Pour the rest of the white chocolate into the prepared tin and smooth out using a spatula.
  6. Put the green chocolate in a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle and pipe trees onto the white chocolate.
  7. Use pretzel sticks for the tree trunks.
  8. Scatter the candy canes onto the white chocolate, in between the trees
  9. Refrigerate the bark until set.
  10. Remove from the fridge and using the baking paper take the bark and peel off the baking paper. Break into pieces and serve or package into Christmas themed cellophane bags to give as gifts.

Tomorrow we’re making Terry’s Chocolate Orange Bark

Mars Bar Fudge Recipe

Welcome to day 4 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making Mars bar fudge.
The thing we love about this fudge is biting into chunks of Mars bar – so yummy!

Mars bar fudge header

Mars Bar Fudge Ingredients

  • 4 Mars Bars
  • 400g Milk Chocolate
  • 397g Condensed Milk

Method

  1. Line a shallow tin with baking parchment.
  2. Roughly chop the Mars bars and set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and melt in 30-second intervals, stirring each time.
    Chocolate can burn easily in the microwave so be sure to watch it carefully.
  4. Add the condensed milk to the chocolate and mix well until combined.
  5. Add the Mars bar pieces and mix gently.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking tin and spread out the mixture.
  7. Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours, depending on the thickness of your fudge.
  8. When set, remove the fudge from the tin using the baking parchment and cut into bitesize pieces.
  9. Store in an airtight container or package into cellophane bags and give as gifts.
Mars bar fudge with a cup of coffee in a mug that says Merry Christmas on the front

Tomorrow’s recipe is for White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark

Peanut Butter Bark Recipe

Welcome to day 3 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making peanut butter bark and I have to say, it is delicious!

Peanut butter bark

Peanut Butter Bark Ingredients

  • 400g White Chocolate
  • 360g Smooth peanut butter
  • 200g Milk chocolate

Method

  1. Cut a piece of non-stick baking paper to the same size as your baking tray. We used a –x– cm baking tray.
    Using a damp cloth, wipe the cookie tray before applying the baking paper. This will stop it from moving around.
  2. Put the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl and stir the chocolate.
    Microwave on high for 30 seconds then stir again. Repeat until all the chocolate has melted.
  3. Add the peanut butter to the melted white chocolate and mix well.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and spread until even.
  5. Put the milk chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Remove the bowl, stir and microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate has melted. Be careful because it’s very easy to burn the chocolate when microwaving.
    If you prefer, you can place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt it that way. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water.
  6. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and use a wooden skewer to swirl the milk chocolate.
  7. Refrigerate the bark until set.
  8. Remove from the fridge and using the baking paper take the bark and peel off the baking paper. Break into pieces and serve or package into Christmas themed cellophane bags to give as gifts.

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Mars bar fudge

Nutella Fudge Recipe

Welcome to day 2 of our Countdown to Christmas Sweet Treats recipes.
Today we’re making Nutella Fudge and I don’t think it’s going to last very long in our house! Nutella is a favourite of us all, except Ant, so we may actually end up fighting over it!

Nutella fudge

Nutella Fudge Ingredients

  • 400g Milk chocolate (broken into pieces)
  • 300g Nutella or other hazelnut chocolate spread
  • 397g Can condensed Milk
  1. Line a shallow tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and melt the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring each time.
    Chocolate can burn easily in the microwave so be sure to watch it carefully.
  3. Add the Nutella and condensed milk to the chocolate and mix well until combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking tin and spread out the mixture.
  5. Refrigerate until set, approximately 2 hours, depending on the thickness of your fudge.
  6. When set, remove the fudge from the tin using the baking parchment and cut into bitesize pieces.
  7. Store in an airtight container or package into cellophane bags and give as gifts.
Nutella fudge

Fudge can last about 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container. If you store the container in the fridge it can increase the shelf life for an extra week.

Tomorrow’s recipe is for peanut butter bark.

Salted Caramel Bark Recipe

Salted caramel is one of my favourite flavours. I’m kicking off our sweet treats countdown to Christmas with this recipe for salted caramel bark that I first saw on The Tasty Kitchen.
The ingredients are American cups so I thought I’d share the ingredients we used here in the UK and if you want the American version, you can click the link above 🙂

Salted Caramel Bark Ingredients

  • 300g Milk Chocolate
  • 300g Dark Chocolate
  • 300g Caramels – we used Asda’s chocolate eclairs
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Coarse Sea Salt

Method

  1. Cut a piece of non-stick baking paper to the same size as your baking tray. We used a –x– cm baking tray.
    Using a damp cloth, wipe the cookie tray before applying the baking paper. This will stop it from moving around.
  2. Put the caramels in a microwave-safe bowl and add the water.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl and stir the caramels.
  4. Microwave on high for 30 seconds then stir again. Repeat until all the caramels have melted.
  5. Put all the chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove the bowl, stir and microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate has melted. Be careful because it’s very easy to burn the chocolate when microwaving.
    If you prefer, you can place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt it that way. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water.
  6. Spread the chocolate over the baking paper then drop blobs of caramel randomly onto the chocolate.
  7. Using a BBQ skewer or cocktail stick, swirl the caramel to make nice patterns.
  8. Sprinkle the sea salt over the top and refrigerate the mixture until solid.
  9. Remove from the fridge and using the baking paper take the bark and peel off the baking paper. Break into pieces and serve or package into Christmas themed cellophane bags to give as gifts.
Salted caramel bark in a red candy cane shaped snack tray next to a red patterned paper Christmas tree

Tomorrow’s recipe is for Nutella Fudge

Countdown To Christmas Sweet Treats Recipes

Doing a countdown to Christmas on the blog has become a tradition we, as a family look forward to.
Our first countdown was in 2016 and we did 24 Christmas crafts.
In 2017 we did 24 Slimming World Buffet recipes and last year we did 24 Christmas Cookie recipes. This year we’ve decided to do a mixture of fudge and Christmas bark recipes – delicious sweet treats for the most wonderful time of the year 🙂

Christmas sweet treats

Here are the sweet treats recipes we’re going to be sharing over the next 24 days:

  1. Salted Caramel Bark
  2. Nutella Fudge
  3. Peanut Butter Bark
  4. Mars Bar Fudge
  5. White Chocolate Christmas Tree Bark
  6. Terry’s Chocolate Orange bark
  7. Snowman Bark
  8. Christmas Fudge
  9. Fry’s Peppermint Cream Mint Swirl Bark
  10. Maltesers Fudge
  11. Oreo Bark
  12. Reese’s Fudge
  13. White Chocolate and Daim Bark
  14. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  15. Almond & Cranberry Bark
  16. M&M Fudge
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  18. White Chocolate Fudge
  19. Shortbread Teddies Bark
  20. Bailey’s Fudge
  21. Toffee Popcorn & Marshmallow Bark
  22. Oreo Fudge
  23. The Grinch Bark
  24. Gingerbread Fudge

For more recipes on Shell Louise, click here

Tesco Christmas Advert 2019 #DeliveringChristmas

The Tesco Christmas advert 2019 is here and it’s ok.
Tesco is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. I was quite excited when I read yesterday that the theme was a Tesco delivery van going back through time, delivering Christmas

It’s not as good as I thought it was going to be, although I’m not sure why. I was just a little underwhelmed.

Tesco Christmas advert 2019

2018 Tesco Christmas Advert
2017 Tesco Christmas Advert

McDonald’s Christmas Advert 2019

The McDonald’s Christmas advert 2019 is another #ReindeerReady advert and like the others, I love it!
I love little Ellie, she’s so cute 🙂

McDonald's Christmas advert 2019

McDonald's Christmas advert 2019

For some reason, I didn’t put last year’s McDonald’s advert on my blog so here’s the McDonald’s Christmas advert 2018.

McDonald’s Christmas Advert 2017

It’s Here! John Lewis & Waitrose Advert 2019 #ExcitableEdgar

John Lewis and Waitrose have partnered up this Christmas and have brought us a truly lovely advert about a cute little dragon called Edgar! The John Lewis and Waitrose advert is my favourite so far this year. The Sainsbury’s advert comes a very close second.

John Lewis and Waitrose Christmas advert 2019

I love Excitable Edgar. He’s up there with the bear and the hare and the man on the moon as my favourite John Lewis Christmas adverts.

What do think about the John Lewis and Waitrose Christmas advert?

2012 John Lewis Christmas advert – The Journey

2013 John Lewis Christmas advert – The Bear & The Hare

2014 John Lewis Christmas advert – Monty The Penguin

2015 John Lewis Christmas advert – Man On The Moon

2016 John Lewis Christmas Advert – Buster The Boxer

2017 John Lewis Christmas Advert – Moz The Monster

2018 John Lewis Christmas Advert – Elton John Lewis

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