When we were asked to take part in the Num Noms #MiniChefs challenge I didn’t hesitate to say yes. All four of my children love to bake, cook and most of all, eat!! Cooking is a big thing in our house and with all six of us leading hectic lives, meal times are an important part of our day. Of course, with four children, meal times can be hugely stressful too but I find that if we let the children get involved in preparing and making the food, it makes a huge difference.
I have to confess, I had never heard of Num Noms before we were approached to join in the Mini Chefs challenge, and yet as soon as I saw them I knew that they were exactly the kind of thing that my children would adore. As with all collectable toys, my children were instantly drawn to them, and with each one having a different scent it wasn’t long before they were tearing them open and smelling them in amazement!
To those reading who haven’t heard of Num Noms ,they are basically a collectable toy that you can mix and match to create sweet and savoury scented recipes. With over 100 to collect, each Deluxe Pack includes 6 scented Nums, 2 scented motorised Noms and a Mystery Character. They also includes a collector’s menu and 2 accessories for you to make over 5,000 wacky combinations.
When we opened our Series 2 Diner pack I was instantly impressed by how good they smell. I know some scented toys aren’t overly pleasant but these were lovely and Megan was very impressed with the “Num” which was motorised to “go-go” all over the place. The idea is to choose a Num and then layer on the Nom to create a scentsational (couldn’t resist!) recipe!
We were also sent a Series 2 Brunch set which had some really sweet little Noms such as Willy Waffles, Strawberry Froyo and Berry cakes. The girls loved these the most, probably because they are pink!
The girls favourite part was opening the Num Nom blind packs, because all children love the thrill of a surprise. Each pack contains either a lip balm or an ink stamper, and with the girls both getting lip balms (Or lip stick as they insisted on telling me!) they were over the moon. They smelled amazing and felt really lovely and moisturising, I’ll definitely be swiping one from them!
Part of the #Minichefs challenge was to use the Num Noms for inspiration to start cooking, and although we cheated a little as we decided to bake, Megan and Harry were super excited to get started!
We chose to make Rocky Road, partly because it requires minimum baking and partly because with a two and three year old, there was little chance of it going wrong!!
- 200g Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa solids works best)
- 2-3 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 135g Butter or Margarine
- 100g Mini Marshmallows
- 200g Digestive biscuits
- Icing sugar to dust
- Optional Ingredients
- Raisins, dried cranberries or any dried fruit
- Anything else you think would be tasty
- Line a small to medium sized square baking tray with baking paper.
- Place biscuits into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin or just the side of your fist until they’re broken into a mixture of everything between dust and 50p size lumps. Put this to one side.
- In a large sauce pan melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup over a gentle heat stiring it constantly until there are no or almost no more lumps of chocolate visible, then remove from the heat.
- Take Biscuits, marshmallows and any additional delicious ingredients and pour into the pan of the chocolate mixture. Stir all this into the mixture until everything is completely covered.
- Tip the mixture into the lined baking tray, making sure you get it all, and spread the mixture out to the corners.
- Refrigerate this for at least 2 hours then dust with icing sugar and cut into squares.
Harry was very excited to be in charge of crushing up the biscuits, although at one point I did fear for the survival of my glass dining table, and Megan took her job as Master Chef very seriously!
By some miracle some of the ingredients actually made their way into the bowl and, by the time the children had finished playing with the Num Noms and the cakes were ready, they were a huge success all round!
Although as a parent I am always reluctant to buy into collectable toys, I can see exactly why these would appeal to young children and I’m sure I will be persuaded to add to their collection come Christmas!
For further information, including pricing, visit www.numnoms.com