When I was in high school I had a friend who lived across the back fence and at their house, every Thursday night was ‘Chockie Night’. Chockie Night was where my friend’s father would buy chocolates on his way home from work in the city, then catch the train, walk home from the station then march in through the front door carrying brown paper bags filled with chocolates.
After dinner the brown paper bags would be opened and out will spill all different types of chocolate treats – boxes of chocolates, chocolate bars and blocks of chocolate in many different flavours and varieties but most of it either Cadbury or Red Tulip. And it was all laid out on the dining room table and my friend’s father would say, ‘Help yourself’.
Now, across the back fence and over at my house, we weren’t allowed chocolate and we only had chocolate in the house at Easter when a very reluctant Easter Bunny would leave one or two small eggs for us. So, you can imagine, that with the goings-on across the back fence I was very keen on a Thursday night invitation for dinner. And my friend’s parents were very generous souls and for some reason were quite happy to set an extra place setting for me most Thursdays.
So after dinner my friend and I would reach out both hands towards the centre of the table and choose from a wonderful and colourful selection of chocolates all wrapped up in sparkling foil. I had a few favourites like the blocks of Cadbury Snack chocolate, Violet Crumble bars, Crunchie bars, Whittakers Peanut Slabs, Fry’s Turkish Delight and the Cherry Ripe Bar.
The Cherry Ripe bar became my favourite and ever since those Thursday nights I’m always able to reach my hand into my pantry and find a Cherry Ripe or two.
Having a few spare in my pantry, I wondered what more I could do with a Cherry Ripe bar and of course that just meant chopping them down then adding more chocolate and more sugar to something that is already full of chocolate and sugar – quite perfect, really.
Cherry Ripe Chocolate Slice
Degree of Difficulty: 2/5
Cost: These are all main-stream ingredients so easy to source and readily available from supermarkets. Minimal charge, really.
- 1 1/2 packets of Marie biscuits (or similar plain biscuits), crushed
- 200g butter, melted
- 3/4 of a 390g can sweetened condensed milk
- 300g of Cherry Ripe Bars, chopped
- 250g dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup cream
Grease and line a 31cm x 21cm slice tin.
Combine crushed Marie biscuits, melted butter, condensed milk and Cherry Ripe pieces.
Pour into slice tin and press down until firm.
Over a double boiler, melt chocolate and cream. Mix until well combined. Remove from heat. Pour over slice.
Refrigerate for half an hour before cutting into squares.
This recipe has been adapted form a recipe found on Best Recipes.