Friday, October 5, 2012

GIANT PODS

Have you ever tried Mars Pods? If you buy a bag of them, there is a 100% chance you'll wind up with an empty packet once you start eating them. In the past, I have been known to make a trip to the cinema where I purchase a packet of pods then throw out half of the packet before I even think about eating one. It's the only way to prevent a massive sugar binge, other than not buying them at all. But where's the fun in that?

When I heard about giant pods, my ears pricked up. Could making a serving size pod be the key to preventing an overdose on a whole packet of pods? I mean, when food is already portioned, don't you feel a little less inclined to go back for seconds? Making giant pods is a total cinch. To feed your neighbourhood (in theory) you will need

Base:
1 packet Arnotts Butternut biscuits 

Filling:
1 can Condensed Milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
50g butter

Top:
Milk or dark cooking chocolate

Preheat oven to 200C and line a baking tray with paper.

Place the filling ingredients in a pot, bring to the boil then lower the heat and stir continuously for 5 minutes or until you've got a thick caramel goo.




Meanwhile, place 4-6 biscuits at a time on a baking tray and bake for two minutes or until the biscuits soften. You can bake more if you've got a set  of helping hands - the biscuits will cool very fast and be impossible to shape otherwise!






Once softened, mould the biscuits until you have a decent sized well in the centre. It helps to place the biscuit in a patty pan as you do this so the biscuits are upright as they cool. All I had at home were huge muffin-sized cases, but obviously this didn't affect the outcome.


Spoon one teaspoon of caramel into each. Place into the fridge to cool and repeat the bake, fill process as much as you like or until you've used up the biscuits.




Once the biscuits are cool, melt your chocolate. I used a baking chocolate and simply microwaved it on a medium heat, stirring every 15 seconds. Once your chocolate is melted, top up your chilled biscuit/caramel concoction with a teaspoon of chocolate and transfer to the fridge once again until the chocolate has cooled.





You might find you've got a whole lot of caramel and chocolate left over. Dispose of immediately! And yes, 'dispose of' can also mean 'consume' in this context.

Then, to save yourself overindulging further, knock on your neighbours doors and offer them one of your giant pods as an apology for the loud music/barking dog/time you parked in their spot. I can almost guarantee that the next time old Mr. Parker from number 12 takes his lawnmower out, he'll likely give your overgrown front yard a good mow as well. 







4 comments:

  1. These look so good, but I've never seen these cookies where I live. :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kristen, I wonder if the cookies are kind of like Oatmeal cookies?

      Delete
  2. My gosh - they look soo good. I agree with you, those packets of pods are addictive, I am pretty sure I would clean up a majority of the giant pods :)
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha I set out with best intentions but I think I ended up having 5 the night I made them. It would have been more if I wasn't eating spoonful after spoonful of caramel.

      Delete

Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments - I love receiving them!