|A biscuit on a lolly stick sandwiched together with chocolate. Yes please.|
I feel so stupid because I honestly thought children went to school to LEARN. Turns out I'm completely wrong.
Yes, they do a bit of learning but they also spend a huge amount of time eating.
A birthday cake here, a bake sale there, an impromptu cooking lesson because it's a random Wednesday in March and a handful of sweets as a reward for who knows what.
As if it's not challenging enough packing a lunchbox for a child with food allergies, I'm supposed to have all this extra 'treat' food on standby as well!
My daughter does have a tin of goodies at school for those unplanned snacks, but let's be real; when someone has bought in homemade cupcakes, a chunk of dairy free chocolate doesn't really cut it.
So I've decided to fight back. I looked at the lolly sticks in my cupboard left over from Christmas cake pops and I stared hard at a pack of GF biscuits. And an idea started to form.
Behold my tarted up biscuits...on a stick. A biscuit lolly if you will.
Let me tell you these hit the spot with my daughter. There were gasps, there were 'ooohs' and there were 'can I have one NOW?!'
Granted, they will take you about 30 mins (with waiting time) to make, but for those last minute 'Argh I need a pretty allergy friendly treat' moments, I reckon these do the job.
And there's something very satisfying about eating food off a stick. Perhaps it brings out the cave baby in us? (You know when we lived in caves and ate stuff from a stick instead of a fork? Oh never mind...)
I used shop bought biscuits (even though Mum told me NEVER to do that!), but if you had oodles of time, you could make your own; maybe Gingerbread biscuits? Or use the mix from these Jammy Biscuits? Up to you.
One pack of gluten free/egg free/dairy free biscuits (mine are from Orgran)
About 100g dairy free dark chocolate
1 tbsp golden syrup/agave syrup (optional)
Pretty GF sprinkles
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water (a 'bain marie'), or melt it in the microwave (feel no guilt)
- Using a teaspoon, spread one side of a biscuit with a little melted chocolate, leaving a 'margin' around the edge because the chocolate will spread when you squidge the two biscuits together
- Place the biscuit on some baking parchment, chocolate side up. Place the lolly stick into the chocolate. Using another biscuit, add a little chocolate to one side of it, then place it - chocolate side down - on top of the lolly stick to form a 'sandwich', does that make sense?
- Leave the chocolate to harden; you could speed up the process by putting the biscuits in the freezer for 10 minutes
- Repeat until you have a pleasing row of biscuits on lollies
- When the chocolate in the biscuit sandwich has hardened, melt a little more chocolate and spoon it over the top of each biscuit lolly to make it look pretty. Or you could cover the whole thing in chocolate, why not?
- Add GF pretty sprinkles and leave it all to set (use the freezer if need be)
- Feel happy and amazing and present the biscuit lollies to your children. Everyone will think you are incredible and your child/children will love you forever. Win win
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