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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #15 'Amazing Chocolate Sweetie Tasty Things.'

on Sunday, 13 April 2014.

I often feel guilty that I am not the best Mum I can be to my girls.  Don't get me wrong, I am the best Mum for them, I love them with all my heart, but I mean in terms of creative activities.  I am not very crafty, and I often feel like I don't make enough effort to do things like that with them.

We have our own little routine, our own little structure to the week and it suits us perfectly.  They are in nursery two long mornings a week and then on the days where they aren't we rarely are in during the morning, mostly out with friends or Grandma and then the afternoon is taken up by nap time.  While I relish their naps and am so grateful they nap at the same time (hello blogging and trash tv time), we don't get a huge amount of time to be in the house just being creative.

I often opt for the easy life and I make no excuses for the fact I should be doing more crafts with my girls.  It is something which I feel guilty for and something I should try more of.  However since January one thing that I have been trying to do is be more adventurous in the kitchen with Mads.  I am a disaster chef, Mr E does the cooking, and I don't really enjoy it, but Mads adores to make things with Mummy so I am trying to bring out the creative side in her by baking together.  She loves it and I really enjoy watching her little face light up when we do these things together.

Therefore this week we decided to make our own recipe modified from something I saw on a friend's facebook timeline.  We called it the very original 'Amazing Chocolate Sweetie Tasty Thing' and honestly it was quite possibly the best thing ever.  But perhaps not for the healthy eating,

chocolate bark

It is a really easy thing to do with young children as there is absolutely no baking required.  I think out of all the things we have done Mads found it the most enjoyable because she could really get involved with it properly.

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All you need is LOTS of sweets and some chocolate bars.  Quite possibly the best ingredients ever.

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I guess you could choose any sweeties but we had Smarties, Haribo and Mini Eggs as a homage to Easter. (and because everyone quite frankly knows Mini Eggs rule.)

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All you need to do is melt your chocolate bars together (we used three large white chocolate bars) and then pour it on to a plate with greaseproof paper.  Even a disaster in the kitchen like me can melt some chocolate.  Just.  Then my beautiful assistant set about placing the sweets into the melted mixture.  (We put more sweets in our mouth but that's compulsory really)

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Then pop your horrendously sickly but all kinds of amazing creation in the fridge until it sets again.  Mads was very impatient at this point and kept peering into the fridge to see if it was hard enough.  So did I. 

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And voila!  Break into pieces and serve.  Trust me, you need to experience this.  It doesn't look anything special but it is better than anything you could ever imagine. ;)

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This post should probably come with a disclaimer.  This is the most sickly, unhealthy treat you could imagine and it is definitely not good for the waistline but is so easy and fun to make for little ones.  Mads and I made a fair bit and we wanted to leave a big slab for Mr E.  Unfortunately for Mr E, his slab ended up being rather small as the chocolate just seemed to want to be in our mouth's.  Oops.

So if you have zero willpower like myself and my three year old then perhaps it isn't the best thing to make as you will just want to eat it ALL.

We had a great time making it together, and an even better time eating it.  I love these ordinary moments with my lovely little girl.  She's even worth going in the kitchen for.

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Comments (58)

  • Carie

    Carie

    13 April 2014 at 06:21 |
    It does look incredible! But as you said it's more about the time spent together and the memories than the actual end product and it looks like Mads had a blast choosing sweeties for her chocolate masterpiece!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:52 |
      She definitely did, although more went in her mouth than on the chocolate I think! ;) x
  • Emily

    Emily

    13 April 2014 at 06:39 |
    To heck with healthy! This is the perfect easter treat, and you made it together! Big thumbs up from me.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:51 |
      It definitely is a very naughty Easter treat! x
  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    13 April 2014 at 07:02 |
    Mr P&P just peered over my shoulder as I was reading this and said "Ooh can we make those?" and he's definitely not a toddler anymore! They look fab...

    Seriously though, never feel guilty about what you're not doing. I don't like doing crafts at home at all, even though I used to be a kindergarten teacher so am full of ideas. It's just too much faff and mess! I sometimes do feel bad about not making the effort but M has years of kindie crafts ahead of him. Like you, I'd rather bake (or garden) with him, as it fits in better with home life.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:50 |
      That gives me some reassurance that it's not just me. I think we all need to play to our strengths really- craft just isn't one of mine. x
  • Anna-Marie

    Anna-Marie

    13 April 2014 at 07:15 |
    Oh this looks AMAZING!! I will definitely be trying it!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:49 |
      Let me know how you get on- it is honestly so delicious! x
  • Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Potty Mouthed Mummy

    13 April 2014 at 07:28 |
    Ha that looks incredible, I have toothache already just thinking about it xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:40 |
      It's so yummy! x
  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    Not A Frumpy Mum

    13 April 2014 at 07:33 |
    That looks fab, although I'm not sure a bag of haribo would make it as far as being dropped in the chocolate with me.

    I completely get where you're coming from about worrying about not being a creative mum and over the past few months I've been making a huge effort to get in the kitchen with O and for us to "do stuff" together. He loves it and talks about it for days, so cute to see. And as he enjoys cleaning he's on tidy up duty :-)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:31 |
      I think we all have to play to our strengths and my strengths are definitely not crafting!
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    13 April 2014 at 07:37 |
    You are being the best mum you can be, because you're not being someone you're not. Yeah, that makes sense. You don't have to be crafty to win the best mum in the world award.
    These look fantastic. My two don't like white chocolate but definitely might try this with milk chocolate.
    Beautiful photography too xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:30 |
      Thanks as always lovely Lauren!
  • Life at the Little Wood

    Life at the Little Wood

    13 April 2014 at 07:38 |
    Umm - Yum! This is now number one on my list of Easter holiday activities. What a great way to use up some of the 467 Easter eggs that we will get ;) Love how wee Madsis full of concentration in your pics too - very sweet! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:17 |
      Mads loved making them, they are so easy and she had lots of fun! x
  • tracey bowden

    tracey bowden

    13 April 2014 at 08:51 |
    I will have to try this! Even I can make this. I think! I am so glad im not the only uncrafty/awful cook mum around although at 8 I think daughter is now over it!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 13:52 |
      Haha no you are definitely not the only one! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:09 |
      It's so so yummy! x
  • Mummy Says

    Mummy Says

    13 April 2014 at 09:12 |
    I can't tell you how much I LOVE this. Milin is going to go nuts - he will love it so much. It's so lovely to find something so easy to make with a two-year-old. Thank you! Also, beautiful photos as always xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:09 |
      Thanks Kiran, honestly it is so yummy! And so bad! ;) x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    13 April 2014 at 10:11 |
    That looks sooooo good though. Z doesn't atuay like chocolate but he'd eat the sweets at lightning speed I think :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:18 |
      Doesn't like chocolate? no? ;)
  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe

    Nell@PigeonPairandMe

    13 April 2014 at 10:15 |
    Oh my word, that looks amazing! And so much fun to make with children, which I suppose is the biggest selling point. I'm going to save this one for a rainy day....then we could munch it while we're wwatching a film!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:18 |
      It's a perfect film munching snack!
  • Super Busy Mum {Debs}

    Super Busy Mum {Debs}

    13 April 2014 at 13:55 |
    This looks insanely delicious! I think we may just have to make some!! ;) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:17 |
      You definitely need to Debs! x
  • Michelle

    Michelle

    13 April 2014 at 14:54 |
    OK, these look amazing and Isabelle has just gone WOW. This is definitely a must! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:17 |
      It's so funny to do with little ones. x
  • bluebirdsunshine

    bluebirdsunshine

    13 April 2014 at 15:54 |
    Hahaha - I LOVE the name! You are definitely onto something with that recipe, it looks so good. Irresistable. And I love combining creativity with your kids and chocolate - gives excellent results!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:17 |
      Haha thank you! x
  • capture by lucy

    capture by lucy

    13 April 2014 at 16:24 |
    Woo hoo!!! I love this bark stuff!!! Screw healthy Easter is definitely a time to hit the chocolate ;) oh and I think you don't have to be covered in kids pva glue to be creative. I see so much creativity in your posts all the time! xxxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:17 |
      It's so yummy isn't it? And thank you! x
  • Katrina

    Katrina

    13 April 2014 at 18:48 |
    I'm pretty sure Easter is ALL about the chocolate? Well, at least thats what the lindt bunny told me.......
    A lovely, honest post. I think i liked your honesty best in this (but i feel like thats taking away from the smashing photos!) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:17 |
      Easter definitely is all about the chocolate! x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    13 April 2014 at 19:18 |
    Ahh Katie this is great, I just did something similar for Easter with the kiddies too off of pinterest. Great minds think alike as I feel so bad that I don't let my kids do more messy play and crafts. Mostly because i can't take the mess and have no place for it and mostly because craft supplies are so expensive! lol I feel the same am I keeping them from being creative. I do worry. But baking or cooking I do love to do. These looks oh so yummy but even better these memories you are making with Mads will be cherished forever. I have some of my fav memories with my momma baking! Lovely ordinary but extraordinary moments together. ;)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:16 |
      Thanks for the lovely comment Jenny, I really appreciate it. x
  • Louisa

    Louisa

    13 April 2014 at 20:01 |
    As long as you're doing stuff together that you enjoy that's all that matters. I do lots of crafts but I don't think I've ever cooked with the kids. I only cook occasionally and when I do its a solitaryno kid zone where I can create weird recipes. I doubt they are going to suffer from lack of cupcakes/ craft activities. "All you need is love" x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:16 |
      Thanks Louisa xx
  • Donna

    Donna

    13 April 2014 at 21:53 |
    These look amazing and definitely something I will be making in the future. PS - You rock at being a Mum! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:16 |
      Ah thanks Donna ;)
  • Kim

    Kim

    14 April 2014 at 02:19 |
    These look so yummy!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:15 |
      They really are delicious!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:16 |
      They really are delicious!
  • jenny paulin

    jenny paulin

    14 April 2014 at 06:55 |
    you had me at chocolate sweetie to be honest!
    i love anything like this and i will pin this and i love the colouyrs of it too - it just looks soooo good and yet i know it is soooo naughty! best treat ever! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:15 |
      I really do think it is the best treat ever- but so naughty! x
  • Emma @ Outmumbered

    Emma @ Outmumbered

    14 April 2014 at 15:10 |
    Ok.... you totally just MADE me go out and buy chocolate and mini eggs and all sorts... and you just made me make this with my two kids.

    It's in the fridge now going hard........ waiting is driving me insane!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:14 |
      Haha I hope it went well! It's so yummy isn't it? x
  • SLaila

    SLaila

    14 April 2014 at 19:02 |
    I admit that I am a terrible cook but I will definitely put my hands on cooking this time :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 15:14 |
      Good luck!
  • Sam @happyhomebird

    Sam @happyhomebird

    14 April 2014 at 19:33 |
    This looks so pretty. I love chocolate bark and how you can put in whatever you choose and it always turns out yummy. A great one to do with kids.
  • katie

    katie

    14 April 2014 at 20:02 |
    Wow it looks amazing Katie!! Love the name too :)
  • Sam @ And then the fun began...

    Sam @ And then the fun began...

    14 April 2014 at 20:48 |
    This must be the most photogenic foodstuff ever!! I am exactly the same as you with regards to how I am as a mother - I definitely shy away from crafts and mess and we have lots of playdates and outings when I'm not working which leaves no real time for gluing, sticking or painting! I also wonder whether I am stifling creativity but they do get to do this kind of thing at nursery and pre-school. As long as we are all happy and healthy I think that's the main thing! Thanks for hosting Xr
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:56 |
      Thanks Sam, and I completely agree. x
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    15 April 2014 at 22:28 |
    Oh man this is not good to look at at half 11 at night - serious chocolate munchies here now! Looks epic!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:55 |
      It's so delicious, simple but very worth it. ;) x
  • YouBabyMeMummy

    YouBabyMeMummy

    16 April 2014 at 07:04 |
    We have those lovely plates too! This looks so naughty but very yummy xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      16 April 2014 at 14:54 |
      The plates are gorgeous aren't they? I get so many compliments about them. x

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