I don't think anyone is too old for these cuties! I have to admit that my kids (24 & 19) were kinda looking at me strange while I was making these thermomix chocolate reindeers but come on aren't they awesome! :) And yes once done - guess who were in on them like gold! :)
These are really great as a gift when wrapped with cellophane & brightly coloured ribbon for:
- a gift that the kids can give their friends
- a gift that the kids can give their teachers
- a gift that the kids can give their neighbours
- or even on the Christmas table on Christmas Day (But best to leave some out for Santa and his Reindeer!!!!)
A few things:
- Make sure your TM Bowl and Lid are VERY DRY!
- Tempering chocolate is used in this recipe to give the chocolate a glossy, shiny appearance and to help the reindeers set well and be firm.
- It is important to use a good quality chocolate for this recipe to ensure the tempering process works well.
- The salty pretzels and chocolate is a lovely combination, so any left over melted chocolate, dip and cover additional pretzels allowing them to set on a sheet of baking paper.
And the most important thing :D
To clean Thermomix bowl after melting chocolate:
- Pour a glass of milk into TM bowl and mix 5 sec / speed 8.
- Heat milk 5 mins / 80°C / speed 4.
- Enjoy warm chocolate milk. No wasted chocolate!
Here is Lucy, one of my ThermoFun taste testers daughters who had a wonderful time creating reindeers. From what I hear it was one for Lucy and one for Mum!
- 300g milk chocolate (good quality)
- 48 mini pretzels
- 24 red mini M&Ms or Smarties
- 40g white chocolate
- 48 small dark chocolate buds
- Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Using a 5-6cm circumference lid or cookie cutter, trace 12 circles as templates onto each baking paper sheet. 24 in total.
- Ensure TM bowl and lid are very dry. As little as one drop of water will spoil your chocolate, hindering it from melting properly.
- Place 250g milk chocolate into TM bowl and chop 10 sec / speed 9.
- Scrape down and melt 4 mins / 50°C / speed 1. Half way through the 4 mins, remove TM lid and scrape down any chocolate from sides or any that is on top of blades.
- Add remaining 50g chocolate and mix 1 min / speed 1 (no temperature selected).
- Scoop a heaped teaspoon chocolate in the middle of each circle template on the baking paper. Use the back of the spoon to gently spread it out to the template size required.
- Add pretzel antlers and a red nose Smartie to each. Allow to set approx. 10 mins.
- Place white choc melts into a zip lock bag and melt in microwave 20-25 sec. Snip a small corner off the bag and carefully place 2 eyeballs onto each reindeer. Add a dark chocolate bud to complete the eyes.
- Allow a few hours or overnight for the chocolate to set hard.
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Janet Willoughby says
I loved making these with the grandkiddies. Such an easy recipe to make. The kids enjoyed eating them too :-) xxx
Did Santa get one as well? :D