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A snack for Santa ... salted caramel fudge and peanut bites

A snack for Santa ... salted caramel fudge and peanut bites

I hate to be the one to break the news to you but the mince pies ... the ones you leave lovingly alongside a carrot for Rudolf and maybe a glass of milk and something a little stronger ... well, Father Christmas? He's not all that fussed about them anymore.

Seriously. I kid you not.

In fact, I'd go as far as to say that he's a bit sick of them.

Melt in your mouth chocolate orange mini pots

Melt in your mouth chocolate orange mini pots

I, Rachel, solemnly believe that a pudding is not a pudding unless it's a chocolate pudding. As far as mottos go, I'm pretty sure that that's one of the best to live by. It's stood me in good stead for thirty nine years and no lemon posset or rhubarb crumble is going to convince me otherwise. Fruit is fruit. It is not a pudding. Pudding is chocolate. And cream. And sometimes, vanilla. And the addition of a biscuit base is always a winner. However, in the spirit of the festive season, I'm going to make one exception. And that is for orange. More specifically, chocolate orange. A firm favourite of mine. So in December, all bets are off, and I'm going to embrace a 'fruit' pudding ... in the form of melt in your mouth chocolate orange mini pots. Perfectly healthy as they contain fruit. That's right, right?

The best sea salt fudge brownie recipe EVER!

The best sea salt fudge brownie recipe EVER!

There's few weeks that I love more than National Chocolate Week. I don't need much of an excuse to eat chocolate at the best of times but during National Chocolate Week, it's almost the law, right?! Seven whole days dedicated to the sweet stuff? That's a dream come true! One of my earliest memories is lying in bed with my grandmother, electric blanket on high, watching Elvis films and nibbling on mint Matchmakers. And yes, not a whole lot has changed. I might be without the electric blanket and while Elvis will always have a special place in my heart, I tend to favour my men more rugged now (basically, the entire Game of Thrones cast), but lying around and eating Matchmakers?! Yes, that's my idea of heaven!