If, like many other parents, you’re dreading the tears and tantrums that come with the kids going back to school in September, then this is the perfect recipe for you.

They might sulk about a lot of things when they go back to school – homework, early nights, the rain that threatens to interrupt playtime – but slip one of these gems into their lunchbox and you definitely won’t catch them complaining about their packed lunch!

This recipe asks for 200g of soft sweets for use in the mixture itself, and another 50g for decorating the bites. So, our 250g sweet boxes couldn’t be more ideal! Head over to our online retro sweet shop to see all of the soft jelly sweets we have on offer, but for this recipe we personally think Dolly Mixture is the perfect choice!

Serves 8

Ingredients

200g milk chocolate, broken into pieces

100g unsalted butter (set aside extra for greasing baking tin)

3 tbsp golden syrup

225g digestive or shortbread biscuits

200g soft sweets

For decorating

50g soft sweets

50g dark chocolate

Equipment

Square baking tin, roughly 20cm

Baking paper

Medium sized saucepan

1 plastic food bag

Rolling pin (to crush biscuits)

Wooden spoon

Method

Grease the baking tin and line with baking paper.

Add the butter, chocolate pieces and golden syrup to a pan and melt slowly over a gentle heat until it is one smooth mixture and all of the chocolate has melted.

Whilst the butter mixture is slowly melting, place the biscuits into a plastic food bag and crush them with a rolling pin until they become irregular and varied in shape and size.

Tip the biscuit chunks and soft sweets into the pan and fold them into the mixture using a wooden spoon, until everything is mouth-wateringly chocolate covered.

Pour the contents of the pan into the baking tray and smooth out with back of the spoon, making sure that the mixture is pushed right into the corners and edges of the tin.

Top the mixture with the rest of the soft sweets.

Place the tray in the fridge to chill.

After a couple of hours, melt the dark chocolate and drizzle it on top of the mixture, then put the tray back in the fridge to set.

Leave it to set for as long as possible, preferably overnight.

When it’s ready, remove from the tray and slice into perfect, lunchbox sized chunks.

And it’s that simple! This recipe is quick enough to rustle up the night before if you’re in a rush to fill the kid’s lunchboxes or, alternatively, getting your family involved in the baking would be a great way of keeping them entertained on rainy weekends. 

Let us know how you get on, and feel free to send us any pictures or reviews of the recipe in action! But be warned, our chocolate sweetie bites are deliciously moreish and once you’ve tried one, we can’t promise there will be any left for the kids to take to school!