Chocolate

Wigan Athletic F.C. ~ Wigan wheels

Introduction: Wigan Athletic Football Club is an English professional football club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester (who knew?), they now compete in the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. Founded in 1932, the club is the most recently formed club in the division.

Wigan Athletic badge used since 2008

Do they still make Wagon Wheels?

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

Home kit: microwave, two small microwave proof mixing bowls (not metal) and a wire cake rack.

Away kit: Serving plate

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 200g bag of pink and white marshmallows
  • 60g chocolate drops
  • 20 rich tea biscuits
  • 150g milk chocolate

Method

First half

Divide the marshmallows roughly in half. Chop one half into small chunks, and gently heat the other half in the microwave on low power (defrost works) until melted. Leave to cool a bit and then add the chopped up ones and the chocolate drops, mix together into a goo. Use said goo to stick the rich tea biscuits together, spread the filling right to the edges.

Second half

Gently melt the milk chocolate, again in the microwave using short bursts and stirring in between. Pour the melted chocolate over the biscuit sandwiches and leave to set on the wire rack with foil underneath to catch the drips.

Full time results

Serve with a nice cup of tea

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Newcastle United F.C. ~ Mississippi Mag Pie

Introduction: Newcastle have probably been known as the Magpies since their founding on the 9th December 1892. Probably because of their black and white strip BUT there is a possibility that it comes from the tale that a pair of Magpies nested at St James’ Park shortly after it was built in 1880. You should know that Newcastle United actually played in red and white until 1904.

newcastle united fc 1892-94

This recipe is loosely based on the Mississippi mud pie that probably originated on the banks of the Mississippi and it should resemble the consistency of the eponymous mud.

Preparation time: 30 mins

Chillin’ time: 30-40 mins

Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

Home Kit: plastic bag, rolling pin, two medium mixing bowls that sit snugly on a saucepan, the saucepan that they fit onto and a 9 inch (23cm) cake tin with a removable base.

Away kit: Tea, tea cups, saucers and side plates

Serves: Some

Ingredients

  • 200g digestive biscuits
  • 60g and 180g unsalted butter (you’ll see why soon)
  • 60g and 180g dark chocolate (just wait and you’ll see alright?)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 180g brown sugar
  • 200ml double cream

For the topping

  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp. icing sugar
  • Some grated dark chocolate

Method: preheat the oven to 180oC (160oC if it’s a fan oven)

First half

Crush the digestive biscuits in the plastic bag with the rolling pin. Put the 60g portions of butter and dark chocolate (see told you) into the bowl over the pan with simmering hot water in it and melt them together. Then mix in the biscuit crumbs. Stick this gunge into the greased cake tin and stick the whole lot into the fridge.

Second half

Melt the remaining dark chocolate and butter in a bowl and leave to cool. Now beat up the eggs and brown sugar in the other bowl then whisk in the double cream. Lastly fold in that second batch of melted chocolate & butter. Pour the mixture over the chilled biscuit base and bake for about 40 – 45 minutes. Take it out and let it cool completely before popping it back in the fridge.

Extra time

For the topping whip the double cream with the icing sugar until it will hold soft peaks. Spread over top of pie and sprinkle on the grated chocolate.  I have yet to find a way of doing this in neat stripes.

Full time results

Serve with a nice cup of tea at half time, traditionally with ice cream in the Southern states.

Chelsea F.C. ~ José Pralineho

Introduction: (I know, I know, but he was influential) José Mourinho is a Portuguese football manager and former football player, who was the manager of Chelsea. He first moved to moved to there in 2004 and won the Premier League title with a record 95 points (the club’s first league title in 50 years) and the League Cup in his first season. In his second year Chelsea retained the Premier League and in 2006–07 he took the club to an FA Cup and League Cup double, though they finished as league runners-up. Mourinho left Chelsea in September 2007, amidst reports of a rift with club owner Roman Abramovich.

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Mourinho has also been a part of social initiatives and charity work, helping with a youth project, bringing Israeli and Palestinian children together through football and donating his “lucky” jacket to Tsunami Relief, earning £22,000 for the charity.

José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, is the special one and this is a special simple sweet. This tastes even better if you make it the day before and leave it over night.

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 5 mins, cooling time at least 1 hour

Home kit: Large bowl and large saucepan

Away kit: Large serving plate

Serves: Some

Ingredients

  • 100g butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. golden syrup
  • 50g sultanas
  • 200g crushed Rich tea biscuits (I love Rich Tea biscuits)
  • 150g chocolate (for topping)

Method:

First half

Put some water into the large saucepan and the bowl on top, bring the water to a simmer. Melt butter, sugar, cocoa powder and syrup in the warming large bowl. Add the crushed biscuits and sultanas and stir well. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet so it is about 1.5cm thick. Allow to cool 15 mins.

Second half

Melt the topping chocolate in the warmed bowl and spread over top of the first mixture. Allow to cool 45 mins.

Full time results

Cut into small (3cm) squares, stick on the serving plate. Eat.