Food & Drink’s Emma Stephenson has a quick non-bake alternative to the traditional Christmas Pudding

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A traditional Christmas pudding is a little like Marmite – you either love it or hate it – but everyone will love these mini chocolate Christmas puds. A little like a rocky road but in a cute, bite-size portion, these Chocolate Christmas Puddings are a festive treat that require no baking or culinary skill. I usually make them into small portions but why not try making one big pudding to cut slices out of? This recipe is very flexible to whatever you want to fill or decorate them with.

Chocolate Christmas Puddings


  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150g chocolate (your choice between dark chocolate for a more indulgent truffle or milk chocolate as lighter)
  • 50g butter
  • 15 digestive biscuits
  • 30g raisins
  • 6 glacĂ© cherries
  • Icing sugar (+ water)
  • Food colouring

1)Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup together either in saucepan on a low heat or in a microwavable bowl in 20 second bursts, stirring in between

2)Put biscuits in a sandwich bag or between clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin

3)Add biscuits to the mixture of chocolate, syrup and butter.

4)Chop up the cherries and add to the mixture with the raisins

5)Using your hands, roll into balls and place on a lined or greased tray

6)Allow to cool and then decorate with white, green and red icing to make it look like a Christmas pudding – this can get a little messy so just have fun with it!

7)Place in the fridge until completely firm