What do you do when you come across a Toblerone bar the size of a small baby? Yes, I know apart from shoving the whole thing in your face!! I was presented with this first world problem the other day, and I knew I wanted to do something more than scoff the whole thing down quick smart although that seemed like a good idea at the time. With the bells of Christmas time fast approaching I thought trying to create something special with Christmas in mind using this monstrous sized Toblerone bar seemed like a good idea. Brownies flitted through my mind followed by Christmas trees and a winter wonderland. My imagination might have just run away a little devising what to do with this monstrous chocolate bar. It was set I'd make a Toblerone Brownie Winter Wonderland because gingerbread houses were so last year.
The Reject Shop had me sorted on all the bits and bobs I needed for this project starting with the baby sized Toblerone bar. I took my little boy, JD with me to The Reject Shop to get all the things I needed to create my own Toblerone Brownie Winter Wonderland. He had a blast wandering the aisles with me and choosing all the lollies to create my masterpiece. When I picked up the Toblerone bar to put in our basket, his eyes nearly popped out of his head. His little mouth went slack, and he whispered out, "That's amazing Mum". I couldn't help giggle a little to myself. "Do you like that bud?" I asked as I handed it over to him to put it in the basket. He replied ever so quickly "I eat it?" and he opened his mouth to try and eat the cardboard packaging. "No mate, mummy is going to make some brownies with it," I said eyeing the big Toblerone off wondering if I could sneak a piece before I baked it into brownies. It took a few more aisles to convince him we couldn't eat it there and then, but a little distraction with rows of cute Christmas tags and paper soon turned his attention elsewhere. Meltdown diverted! Christmas is such a magical time for kids isn't it? I have enjoyed being enchanted with Christmas all over again as I see it through my little guy's eyes. His delight at seeing all the Christmas decorations, lollies and many Santa figurines displayed around the place. He hasn't quite warmed up to the idea of approaching a dressed up Santa yet but is happy to admire from afar. It will be interesting to see how Little Miss reacts to the Big Red Man this year. My prediction is tears for sure.
This Toblerone Brownie Winter Wonderland is a feast for the eyes and the belly and would make the perfect dessert centrepiece at your Christmas. Forget the gingerbread house this year! I am in love with this brownie recipe, and the addition of Toblerone chocolate brings it to a whole new level. In another life, I could have eaten half a tray of these brownies. I kept the brownie recipe simple with no extra additions such as nuts, however if you like nuts your brownie go ahead and add some. The Toblerone brownie has a beautiful crusty edge with a moist and delicious centre. Firm enough to hold together but decadent enough to melt in the mouth and the aroma that comes off these bad boys sets the mouth-watering. Chocolate heaven!
I couldn't help but let my inner child out with this latest dessert creation, and I hope that it can bring a little bit of magic back to your Christmas. Although it looks quite complicated to make, I can assure you with a little time you too can put together your enchanted forest. Don't forget to get the kids to help. I never got into the Frozen franchise but for those die-hard fans just mention that Olaf or Elsa might make an appearance in this wonderland, and they will be more than eager to help out. Just metre out the lollies because they will be all gone before you get a chance to decorate your Christmas Trees. I would recommend making this over a period of two days. Bake and ice the brownies on the first day and put together your wonderland the second day. Enough time to let the brownies completely chill and the icing to set on the Christmas trees. I have used a simple royal icing for the "snow" on the trees and base that is easy to make and sets firm. I used this as glue throughout the centrepiece, and it worked a treat.
If you are wondering where to go to get all the bits and bobs to make your winter wonderland make sure you pop into your local The Reject Shop. When you pop in you can pick up the following things:
- Mason Jar with Blackboard Label
- 33cm Plastic Silver Serving Plate
- Red & Green M&M's
- Capricorn Liquorice
- Raffaello Truffles
- Kandyman Caramel Filled Chocolate Buttons
- Chocolate Cream Wafers
- 400g Toblerone Bar
If the thought of trying to put together your winter wonderland seems too daunting, I have another option for those short on time and patience. Simply follow the instructions on baking the Toblerone Brownie Christmas Trees instead or make your own White Chocolate Truffle Snowmen. These still look great and would make great little favours or edible gifts for teachers, co-workers or secret Santas. Simply bottle them up in cute mason jars and sprinkle in some festive green & red M&M's. One quick word of warning, though – if the temperature is pushing 30 degrees C or more I would recommend keeping these items refrigerated until serving, giving, etc. Nobody wants a melted winter wonderland for dessert!