What is better than Toblerone at Christmas? A mountain of Toblerone at Christmas! That's precisely what I thought as I stood staring at a large mound of Switzerland's legendary milk chocolate resting in my kitchen.
I could have just eaten it all, of course. But it is the season of giving and I am trying really hard to give up chocolate. So I roped in the family to help polish off some of the Toblerone.
Rather than munch on the divine honey and almond nougat studded chocolate triangles as is, we decided to get creative with it. "Let's do a chocolate fondue," went the cry. "Fun-do! Fun-do!" chimed in J.
And so it was that I found myself stirring chunks of Toblerone on low heat in a ceramic pot on a cold, grey winter's afternoon. With double cream and a dash of golden syrup thrown in for good measure. I desisted the seasonably strong urge to add a dash of Baileys and only because my four year old was going to eat it. I have saved some Toblerone to recreate the magic with Baileys or amaretto or some such when there are more grownups and fewer kids around.
Now M will only eat fruit if there is either chocolate or custard in the vicinity. He didn't flinch once as I piled pieces of apple, strawberries, grapes, clementines and marshmallows on a plate.
Christmas lights switched on, Christmas music playing in the background, it was time to dip into the warm, gooey melted deliciousness of our Toblerone fondue. I have never seen fruit disappear with such rapidity in my house.
Nor have I seen my son bouncing off the walls in a chocolate-fuelled frenzy before. His eyes sparkled as the babble escalated and the limbs flailed wildly. We were headed for disaster, only just averted by quick thinking parents. M shepherded J off for a 'bounce on the parents' bed' session - guaranteed to convert tears to giggles when you are four years old.
I think I have learnt my lesson. No more neat liquid chocolate for my son till he turns 18. It gets absorbed far too easily.
So what happens to the mounds of Toblerone sitting in my kitchen? I think I might bake some cookies with it. Or make a Toblerone cheesecake if I feel particularly inspired. Better still, I might turn it into a hot chocolate drink for M and me for Christmas Eve. Laced with liqueur, naturally.
Here's the recipe Toblerone have devised for this devilishly divine fondue. There is more chocolate fun to be had over on their website.
Disclosure: I was sent samples of Toblerone and a fondue set for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.