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Cadbury Milk Chocolate Spread Review and Quick Tea-Time Treat

Cadbury Milk Chocolate Spread Review and Quick Tea-Time Treat

 

If you fancy a delicious but quick to make tea time treat, I have the perfect ides for you.

Since having kids, and them being very young, there isn’t much time to bake home made goodies due to all the feeding, cuddling and alsorts that goes on with kids.

What I love to make in general is a classic victoria sponge. It tastes good, is simple and is great for dunking in tea.

I’ve heard of people using Nutella as a cake spread but whilst shopping, I came across the Cadbury Milk Chocolate Spread. In the example above, I decided to add chopped chocolate in the batter and covered the cake with the Cadbury Spread. I got the kids involved by melting chocolate and letting them drizzle the top so it has a simple decoration.

I was really surprised at the result. The spread added a delicious chocolate flavour to the sponge. It wasn’t overpowering but had the right amount of taste to allow both the victoria sponge, and the spread to shine. I really enjoyed it with a cuppa tea and have used this combination several times since. It has gone down well with guests too. It’s one of those warm, fuzzy feeling cakes. Not sickly. Comforting.

You can make it in a square tin and cut into squares for kids parties too to make it easier.

V&A Museum of Childhood Bethnal Green, London – A Review

V&A Museum of Childhood Bethnal Green, London – A Review

Being born and bred in London, I had been to several museums as a kid, although some I don’t remember so much. I am pretty sure I went here during my time at infants school, yet when I went this year it did seem smaller. I have no idea though as my memory of it is weak!

I went with my one year old to the Museum of Childhood, since it is full of toys! I love toys! Sorry, I meant my one year old loves toys.

First things first. Parking. If you’re travelling my car, going early, or during quieter times is the best option. We could not find parking at all and found ourselves parking a walk away from the museum. Just about found a space. Getting a bus there shouldn’t be a problem, plenty of those around.

Inside the museum, is a simplistic array of toys in glass cabinets. The museum did not feel like a massive mess of toys due to this. All the toys were neatly tucked away out of reach. This is where my recollection of my own childhood visit was blurred. I remembered being able to have a feel of the toys as a kid. Perhaps it was a different museum.

My little one did enjoy looking around at the different toys but I did feel like it was lacking since there was a glass in between us and the toys. That said, it was great as a adult, seeing all the vintage toys, compared to what we have now. I loved the detailing in the dolls houses and the cars that we don’t see much of nowadays (hey cosy coupe, still love you). My favourite was the moving train which had a lovely scene made around it. I wouldn’t mind one of those myself.

As for food, there is a clean cafe right in the middle of the museum, with plenty of seats but we had taken a packed lunch with us and sat in the simple park next to the museum. It was packed with squirrels, and I mean packed!

I won’t spoil the trip for you by posting too many pictures but I’ll conclude this post with saying that there are a few things kids can play with:

Horses – There are rocking horses which we queued several minutes for. Lots of kids want to go on them. They are a good size and well, rock.

Play table – There was a small play table in a corner which had some wooden toys to play with. Good for toddlers.

Sensory area – This is where there are long tubes of lights which do cool things. It’s pretty fun for kids.

There’s also a shop with lots of different things to choose from to take home. It is worth a visit on your way out.

All in all, I would say there isn’t much play in the toy museum but there are plenty of old school toys to have a look at through the glass. The toys have little notes next to step so you can find out which year they were popular and it makes a pretty interesting read.

The museum is worth going to but don’t expect to be there all day as it isn’t huge but enough to fill half a day.

A Simple Dessert to Wow Guests

A Simple Dessert to Wow Guests

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This is a very simple dessert to make which will make your guests go WOW.
All you need is a flan, easily available from supermarkets, for the base.
Then get some plain yogurt to spread all over the flan.
Top it up with sliced fruit and arrange however you wish.
You end up with a healthy, amazing tasting dessert which takes minutes to make.
Share your own creations with me by tagging me on whatever social media platform you share it on. I’d love to see yours!

Mega Milkshakes – Extreme Milkshakes – Recipe, Tutorial, Ideas

Mega Milkshakes – Extreme Milkshakes – Recipe, Tutorial, Ideas

A dessert shop local to me started advertising these Mega Milkshakes, or some people call them Extreme Milkshakes. It’s milkshake, surrounded by some sort of sauce, topped with more sauce, layered with cream, topped with more cream, filled with chocolate, drizzled with chocolate chunks, caramel, nuts, pretzels, you name it.

It’s madness!

Watch my video for a very thorough guide on how to make one of these.

Now you know how I am always totally honest about everything. Well I certainly do have a opinion of these.

Whilst they look AMAZING and have the WOW factor, there is a lot of decoration to it that might not enhance the taste but visually makes your eyes pop out and your mouth drool…. I’ll explain as I go along….

Typically, a mason jar is used. A milkshake cup can be used too but a mason jar is more common.

You can make any variation you want. Just note the different elements and substitute them with your favourites. Making a diagram helps (I know, I am silly lol).

The first step: Get all you ingredients ready. It can get messy! Having everything out will make sure your gooey fingers don’t get the entire kitchen sticky.

The second step: Get some melted chocolate and messily coat the inside of the mason jar for that ‘look’.

I’ve seen people melt chocolate but it’s much easier getting some Nutella. Remember, if you are making a milkshake with caramel, you can just spread caramel on the inside walls of the mason jar instead.

The third step: Spread a thick layer of melted chocolate on the rim of the jar.

This is so any decoration sticks well and doesn’t fall off. I’ve added Kinder Buenco pieces all around, nuts… you could try the same with any bar of chocolate, or use sprinkles.

I found the combination of Nutella and chopped hazelnuts was nice to eat with the spoon (and dipped in milkshake). I didn’t really like eating Kinder Bueno pieces from around the rim. I like my chocolate bars to be eaten alone, not touching e.g. a piece of cake and having cake bits or icing on it, or even nutella. I guess other’s don’t mind this though!

The fourth step: Attach your chosen decoration to the rim of the cup where you spread the melted chocolate.

E.g. sprinkles, chocolate pieces, nuts, whatever takes your fancy.

The fifth step: Add your straws to the mason jar.

The stripey paper straws look cool but I dislike drinking from them. They go soft and you can taste the paper. It’s great for decoration but use a wide straw when you actually drink the milkshake.

The sixth step: Add any extra decorations.

You can go wild with this. I’ve seen doghnuts attached by circling the straw and resting on the jar but you can use whatever you want. I skipped this.

The seventh step: Insert a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.

You need this ice cream so when the milkshake is poured in, the ice cream floats to the top and the whipped cream can sit on it.

8: Pour in your milkshake.

The ice cream should float to the top.

9: Top up with whipped cream

Make a nice swirl and give it a peak. The taller the better here.

10: Dazzle some more sauce on the cream. Sprinkle it with decorations is you wish:

Such as nuts, sprinkles, cocoa powder. I did try adding a piece of Kinder Bueno once but it flattened my whipped cream and ruined the wow factor look I was going for.

Finito!

You can serve it with yet some more ice cream and chocolate chunks and what not. Go crazy! It’s all about the wow factor here, unless you’re making it for yourself and want a bit of wow but more practical-ness.

And Enjoy!

NEXT Discount Codes, £10 off £15, £20 off £50

NEXT Discount Codes, £10 off £15, £20 off £50

I had a little shopping spree and NEXT have a offer ending on 17th September 2016:

£10 off £15

£20 off £50

These codes can be used online only and are for new customers only. They are 2 per household.

The codes can be found in store. The staff will ask for your email address.

I think this is a great offer as you can use it on sale stuff too.

If you need a code, leave a comment below and follow me on twitter so I can message you. Be quick as I’ll need to go in store for those who do not have one near to them and submit your email to them. Only a few days left!