Edible chocolate manger: Advent recipe

December 8, 2015 7:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This very simple recipe for an edible chocolate manger is great to make with the kids during the Advent season, and is particularly suitable for large groups of children.

If you’re dealing with vegans, or those on gluten-free or dairy-free diets, it’s really easy to adapt this recipe to cater for them too. At Naturally Good Food we sell a huge range of dairy-free cooking chocolate (our resident cake-maker especially recommends Plamil 70% luxury dairy-free cooking chocolate, which reacts just like standard cooking chocolate). We have lots of gluten-free cereal flakes too, which can be used instead of the standard cereal grains.

Click here to see all our dairy-free chocolate.

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Edible chocolate manger

Based on the age-old principle of chocolate nests (but why should Easter have all the fun?!), this is basically a chocolate crispy cake, with a marzipan baby placed inside it. Here are some ingredients and quantities.


100g dark chocolate

2 tbsp syrup (golden syrup or honey work well)

50g butter or non-dairy spread

75g flakes

Lump of marzipan, with food colouring


Melt the chocolate, syrup and butter or spread together in a pan over a medium heat. When thick and glossy, stir in the flakes. Put in cake cases, making a little hollow for the ‘baby’ and cool in the fridge.

Meanwhile, make your baby. We recommend using our organic Lubecker marzipan here, as it’s really tasty and easy to work with. It’s egg-free, too.  Food-colouring provides interest for your baby. Then simply place in the manger!

This serves about six, so make more as necessary.

Edible chocolate manger: and the rest!

Feeling more adventurous?! Pinterest is packed with fully edible nativity scenes. You can, of course, simply make all the ‘characters’ out of marzipan. Stables can be wonderful concoctions of chocolate fingers and chocolate sticks (or else, gingerbread). But you might also like to think about mini-meringue or marshmallow sheep (with chocolate button faces), candy cane shepherds’ crooks and citrus peel straw?

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