I've made a freshers chocolate box.
These little gems are a student proof alternative to getting up and walking to Thorntons. And they are also much more cost effective - and tastier.
For Freshers Chocolate Box you will need (makes around 30):
175g self raising flour
25g cocoa powder
115g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
For the decoration:
150g milk chocolate
150g white chocolate
100g plain chocolate
To begin with, preheat the oven to 180c.
Then put the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and butter in a bowl. If you have a food processor, use this and blend together, it makes life slightly easier.
If you don't have a food processor, like me, pinch the ingredients together to form a crumble.
Add in the sugar and the already beaten egg and extra yolk. Mix together to form a sticky dough.
Said dough, looking sticky.
Knead gently on a floured surface and then split into two equal pieces.
Roll out into 30cm logs. Resist the temptation to roll up and leave on a housemate's bedroom floor. It's a hard one, I know.
Cut into 1cm approx segments, chill for about 30 minutes and then put in the oven for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and then get ready to decorate.
Melt half of your chocolate to dip your biscuits in, save the other half for decorating/eating.
Dip half of them in chocolate and cover the rest completely.
Jeeeeez. Don't stick your face in the melted chocolate, you'll only regret it.
I found out the hard way, with a face covered in chocolate.
Be careful when you lean over and decorate. Casualties may occur.
I bought myself a £1 piping syringe from Wilkinsons to decorate my little wonders, but if you prefer to buy 100 penny sweets then you can use a plastic food bag and cut a small slit in the corner.
Decorate to your fancy. I opted for stripes, swirls and the occasional raisin or nut.
Some of them turned out beautifully. Christmas present worthy, I'd say.
Select the prettiest and serve with a cup of tea. You'll have to eat all of the ones that aren't decoratively up to scratch, it's only right.
Make with your flatmates, get chocolate everywhere and recover from a hangover with a handful or three and a Harry Potter marathon.