Hey! Remember when I blogged with some kind of regular schedule? Me, too! Anyway, life has been a little crazy lately the last six weeks or so, and I’ve had this post ready to write for a few weeks but just could not find the time to do it. But here I am! Here is the post!
This came about when I was planning what we would do for Christmas dinner, which we are hosting at our house this year. I was thinking about dessert and was thinking about how we always get the same delicious pudding each year to have with cream or ice cream, and while I love that pudding, I was thinking what if we just ran out of time to buy one? What could I do that required minimal effort if I really, really didn’t have time to find the pudding, or forgot completely to organise getting one before Christmas? Then I was grocery shopping one day at Aldi (my favourite shop), and I was browsing all their seasonal Christmas goodies and it struck me: just buy a bunch of sweet, seasonal Christmas chocolates and biscuits and arrange them on a plate and voila! Christmas chocolate platter!
So I bought a few things each time I shopped – a packet of fancy shortbread here, some pretty chocolates there, some chocolate and vanilla wafer rolls, some after dinner mints, and so on. Before I knew it, I had a little stash of delicious treats that could easily be arranged on a platter in lieu of a proper dessert, or as something you could take with you if you’re traveling on Christmas day and don’t want to bring a dessert that will spoil in transit. I found my big white wooden tray, popped a few festive cloth napkins on it, and arranged the goodies I had. The result is a decadent chocolate platter with something on it for everyone to nibble on throughout the afternoon/evening.
Scroll through for a complete list of where I bought everything from!
Almost everything you see is from Aldi – the loose, gold wrapper Moser Roth chocolates on the table, chocolate and vanilla wafers, mini chocolate rolls, nougat, chocolate star shortbreads, almond biscotti, chocolate dipped white Pfeffernüsse, the chocolates with the pretty Christmas pictures printed on them, rectangular after dinner mints, and the chocolate orange sticks. They have some really great stuff every Christmas at Aldi, so I would start there for things that are a little different than the stuff you see at the major supermarkets.
The Lindt gingerbread balls and the mini milk and white chocolate Cadbury Christmas trees, and the Ferrero Roche chocolates are from Woolworths, and there are two little Malteaser reindeer that are also from Woolworths. The copper cup is from KMart ($4! I might go back and buy some more), and the white tray itself was an Aldi buy from earlier this year. Having it in a tray with sides helped keep it all contained. The spotty napkins are from Bed Bath n Table, and even though I bought them last year, they have them in stock again this year.
So there you go – an easy to throw together dessert that requires no mixing, no baking, no cooling. Just unwrap packets of goodies and you’re all set! Possibly the laziest dessert platter you’ll ever make, but ALSO the most delicious! You could also throw some homemade goodies on there – I just haven’t had time, but I would add rumballs, some mini gingerbread men, and some little spiced cookies too, just to break up all the chocolate.
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