Day Nine: 40 Day No Chocolate Challenge – Going all out!!

Thursday has been a busy day…….one of those days that requires chocolate!! The feeling that there is simply not enough time to all the things you need to do, so the only thing to do is sit and chocolate (cue kit Kat advert)!!

I had convinced my mum to take part in this challenge which she reluctantly accepted! How long is she going to last I wondered! I imagined she was break after two days but just not tell me…….8 days she lasted!! Accidentally ate a pack of buttons…..said when she realised it was too late…..might as well eat the rest!! What a quitter!! There goes her giant white chocolate Easter egg! Ha she blames my dad…..typical!!

Anyway…..I’m going all out tonight….making a nice dinner and even better dessert!!

On tonight’s menu is…. Lime Cheesecake!!

So easy to make and simply delightful!! And to make it even better, instead of a tin I made the cheesecake in glasses for extra indulgence!!
I layered the biscuit base (butter and smashed up digestives) with double cream and phillidelphia….. Don’t ask me about amounts…… I guess…..most of the time!! Just whisk the cream, lime juice and philli until thick!! Once layered, sprinkle lime rind on the top and chill in the fridge until dessert time!!

Boyfriend loved it….the lime gives it a real refreshing taste!! And I made mojitos with the reminder lines……well I had the rum in!!!



Day Eight: 40 Day No Chocolate Challenge – Granola anyone??

I’m getting used to this baking ‘new stuff lark’…..tonight’s (Wednesday), yeah sorry bit late with this one!!

Tonight’s treat was homemade Granola……had no idea how to make it so guessed!! Oats….check…..dried fairy checked…..syrup…..check!!

Mix it all up in a bowl and spoon into greaseproof paper lined tin. Then pop in fridge….done!!

It was good, I may have accidentally put too much syrup in but hey ho… was gooey and that is better than dry right??
I also added cinnamon (love that stuff) and that have a nice touch!!

The world is my oyster…..I can conquer anything……anything…..ha!!!



Day Seven: 40 Day No Chocolate Challenge – My Secret Weapon!!

Ah god…….I got home and had all my dinner plans sorted (home alone tonight) but completely neglected the dessert part!!

I looked in the fridge…..why is there chocolate in there?? How, who……Whhhhhhhhy??
Close the fridge Charli…..if you can’t see it, it’s not there……then why can I hearing the mini eggs calling my name!!

Then I remembered…… Sitting on the top shelf of my fridge are some little pots of joy! Anyone ever heard of Motts?

They make tinned fruit in USA and make these delightful pots of puréed apple sauce. I know, I know… sauce like this should be accompanied with pork and mash and parsnips……yum…..but I love apple sauce with everything!!

You can officially not buy them in England so whenever I go over to the states I always top on them!!

It’s a question I ask myself everyday….why am I English….something when wrong….I should have been American!!! But until the day I become a citizen I have to accept that pretending is the best I going to get right now!!

So I tuck into my little pot of fruit and smile that actually it’s probably quite healthy!! Go me!!

Tomorrow there will be a plan………pie maybe?!?!


Day Six: 40 Days of No Chocolate Challenge – a Friends Recommendation!!

Day six…… Feels like I have been doing this longer!!

Feeling very lazy today so it’s a good job I have friends who are taking this chocolate ban seriously and are there for me in times of need!! That’s right…..just as I’m sat on my couch thinking ‘ah no what should I make’….I can’t be bothered….this blanket is too soft to leave and having to get up means letting go of the remote control!!
So just as I brave it to the kitchen my friend Karen messages me one sentence that may have changed my life!! ‘Peanut Butter on digestives. Try it!’ She was not wrong!! The question was… much do I put on one biscuit….what is the sweet to salt ratio and how many am I allowed??? It was good and as I sat eating it very slowly….so I could savour its goodness….. I imagined what else I could put on different biscuits!! Nutella on cookies, cream cheese on rich tea’s….maybe not….what an amazing idea…..a biscuit and a spread meant for bread or toast!!! Genius!!

Day six done…..only another 40 days to go…..yep apparently Sundays don’t count!! Aghhhhhh!!!



Day Five: 40 Days of No Chocolate Challenge – Raiding the cupboards!!

The sun is shining …… Which I decided might be a good thing!! Why you ask? Because when the sun is shining I do not crave chocolate as much!! The idea of getting a chocolate bar out of your bag to find it’s done a wicked witch of the west act and melted into a pool of room temperature badness ain’t a good thought at all!! I like my chocolate cold…..I mean cold… sometimes pop in the freezer for a while cold!! I know, strange!!

Anyhow, still in London and enjoying the sunshine…..but was not looking forward to the 4 hour coach journey home!!
I stacked up on hardcore crisps, water and some mints with the intention to settle down and read my book!! Four hours alone never happens!!

6 hours later I’m home, having changed coaches in the middle of a dodgy, abandoned, service station, having sweated my entire body out as they coach’s air con was broken which obviously meant the heater was on full blast and sat waiting for ages to fill in complaint form!! I arrived home irritated, hard done by and ready for some happiness?? Surely I am allowed a little bit of chocolate…..who would begrudge me that???
Nope stay strong charl!!

I did that thing where you look in the cupboard an decide what you want then can’t choose. Then ten minutes later you are back there looking again!! After maybe an hour of deciding what would satisfy my taste buds, I decided to make French toast……my favourite!! Covered in maple syrup, job done, happy days and the bus rage soon seeped out of my pores to make room for all that syrup!! YUM!!


Day Four: 40 days of No Chocolate Challenge – Broadening my horizons!!!

So I’m in London and it’s a beautiful day!! Me and my friend head down to the Southbank for a walk along the river and find ourselves at Borough Markets!!
Now this is going to go one of two ways; I am trapped in a one way, slow pedestrian walk through endless amounts of chocolate brownies and truffles and free samples…… or I’m going to be blown away with hundreds of different foods I have never tried and chocolate will be a distant memory!!! Well infact it was a mixture of both, obviously far less dramatic too…..damn!! I love drama!!!

There were delicious brownies the size of my foot….everything’s bigger in London and cakes and treats making my mouth water….but this was an opportunity for me to open my eyes to new experiences and to trying new things. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like change and not very adaptable to it!!
However as we browsed around the markets I was drawn to all the different types of cheese and meats and free samples……obviously!! I wanted bits if everything and the place was just buzzing with food lovers!!

I settled with a cheese pretzel which was yummy and definitely not what I would have chosen if Chocolate was not taking a vacation from my life!!

Borough markets are fab and I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting London!!

So London is being good to me and I’m off out tonight for cocktails so my sweet tooth should be maintained safely here!! 😉


Day Three: 40 days of no chocolate challenge – Help me out London!!

Good evening all!! what are you up to? Are you eating chocolate? I hope not! Ha!

I am currently sat on my friends sofa in London watching a movie! Now people, I have great friends, even friends who go to the extra length of supporting me in my sugar fast! Ha, almost the truth…… My friend also has given up the good stuff for lent so I’m in good hands this weekend! However instead of afternoon tea or a cheeky ice cream down at Southbank this weekend, we shall mostly be eating meat and cocktails….fine by me!!! 🙂 good times!!

My boyfriend told me last night that bourbons did not have chocolate in them….WHAT??? This is great news…this could be the answer to the pit of darkness I will eventually fall deep into…….. But no, thanks to good old google, it’s sadly not true and I can confirm that bourbons DO have cocoa in them! Dam….back to the drawing board!!

Anywho, this evening’s substitute to keep me sane and secure is not just sweet popcorn but sweet and salty popcorn!!! Get me ey!! I shall now be spending the remainder of my evening crunching, sipping wine and maybe even having a tipple of the old whiskey!! Who says life without chocolate is baaaad?!?!?!


Day 2: 40 Day No Chocolate Challenge – Cravings!!

Well it’s 11.30pm and the cravings have started!! My peanut butter crunch went down well at work (taste just like tracker bars) but once they were gone my sweet tooth began to twitch!!

As I was waking home I was thinking about what I would make to ensure I was going to get some sugary goodness after a long day……when I got home my boyfriend had bought me a gingerbread penguin!! Feet up for me this evening, sweet treat already made and delivered!!! Maybe a movie…..with popcorn……….YES ….I’m allowed that!! Happy Thursday everyone….it’s nearly the weekend!!!


Day 1: 40 Day No Chocolate Challenge – So far so good!!

Day 1 and to be honest, I thought I was going to find it harder! My routine is to have my Diet Coke break (11.30) with a coffee and some chocolate……some people say its a mocha!!
Today I dreaded the break where everyone was going to rustle in their bags and I would hear the crack of a kit breaking or the munch of a snickers, but I was actually ok! I opened my little tin foil package and slowly ate my (not so fresh) hot cross bun!! There could be worse things!!

So on the train home tonight I was trying to visually remember what I had in my cupboards that I could rustle up when I got home to cure my 9pm chocolate cravings…… and this is what I came up with……Peanut Butter Crunch!! Continue reading

Day 0: The 40 Day No Chocolate Challenge – Purge


So I decided that for lent this year I really wanted to challenge myself! Now everyone that knows me knows that I have a massive sweet tooth and live for the sugary goodness!!

In previous years I have gave up sweets and coffee and boy that was hard……but always had my little dairy friend to make it all better!!
So this year I am going to do it……give up CHOCOLATE for a whole 40 days in the hope that I can rise to the challenge and use some of that will power that spends most of it life sitting on the shelf!!

This blog will follow my journey through the world of no chocolate and stand side by side with me in those times of weakness…..of which there will many!!!

I will post pictures of what I have found to replace my chocolate craving that day and even hope to test new recipes that fill that void!!

So as it’s starting tomorrow, tonight…. Pancake Day…. I am going to purge…… and get through all the chocolate that is currently residing in my fridge at home.
I fear that after my major sugar rush and the need to be sick…..I will go to bed with a stomach ache….but you know what….I will have a big smile on my face!!

See you on the other side brown velvety deliciousness!!!