Let's be honest – finding a stockpile of chocolate eggs and bunnies in your kitchen cupboards after Easter can hardly be considered a bad thing.
On the contrary, it's a great excuse to get creative in the kitchen at home!
You could melt down a couple of eggs into a glossy, thick mixture – pour it onto a tray and top with dried fruit, popcorn, marshmallows or caramel, before refridgerating and snapping into shards.
You could make a simple chocolate dipping sauce, a light mousse, a square of fudge or a decadent cake. The options are fairly endless, but these are our favourite ideas...
chocolate and raspberry meringues
Add melted chocolate to whipped cream before dolloping on top of ready-made meringues, along with fresh raspberries. You can make these impressive-looking treats in just 10 minutes – and don't forget to shave any remaining chocolate on top before serving!
The best thing about chocolate is that it's so versatile. It tastes great by itself, even better in a dessert, and oh-so-heavenly when it's melted. If you've enjoyed lots of dark chocolate this Easter, make sure you use the leftovers for this recipe. Simply melt it down with some cream and Grand Marnier liqueur or orange juice, and get dipping!
Easy chocolate fudge
Who doesn’t love a squishy square of chocolate fudge? And despite what you might think, you don’t have to be a master chocolatier to make it either.
Rocky road squares are a delicious way to use up both chocolate and any biscuits are that starting to go stale. We’ve made ours gluten-free, but feel free to experiment with your own favourite biscuits, dried fruits and nuts to personalise the treats.
Peanut butter lava pots
A little leftover dark chocolate can be easily transformed into these rich lava pots, which are given a nutty twist with a dollop of creamy peanut butter.
Chocolate and pistachio cookies
Chewy cookies just aren’t the same without big chunks of melty chocolate, and these triple chocolate dipped cookies are positively oozing with the stuff! Try replacing the pistachios with your own choice of nuts — chopped almonds, pecans, hazlenuts or peanuts would all work well.
Milk chocolate marshmallow teacakes
Any milk chocolate lovers can use their leftovers to make these impressive-looking teacakes. With a biscuit base and pillowy, mallow filling, our recipe makes a batch of 25, so you can easily package them up as presents for gifting later.
CARAMElised pear and chocolate upside-down cake
Melt leftover chocolate down to use in this mouth-watering caramel-laden pear cake, which looks seriously impressive when turned out onto a plate or stand.
These melt-in-the-mouth truffles are a rich and decadent way to upcycle that hoard of Easter chocolate. Add a splash of Tia Maria or brandy for an extra kick, or leave it out to keep them kid-friendly.