The summer is slowly but inexorably drawing to a close, and soon the school and work routine will be back in full swing. So this #SundaySupper, hosted by Tammi of Momma’s Meals, we’re sharing some handy back-to-school recipes to make the transition easier with quick breakfasts, lunchbox goodies and tasty treats. I’m offering love note doodlebugs – and I guess I better explain exactly what they are!
I don’t know what you call doodlebugs, but they are basically no-bake chocolate ‘nests’ made of melted chocolate, sultanas and crushed cornflakes. That’s it. It’s an easy-peasy sweet treat that children love making, as well as eating. In my family, they’re called doodlebugs because as a child during the Blitz, my grandma was scared of the German bombing missiles, known as Doodlebugs, which would drone as they flew overhead. So her mum made these little treats with her, and said: “You don’t need to worry about doodlebugs; they’re only chocolate biscuits!”
They are one of the first things I ever made in my grandma’s kitchen, and even today, doodlebugs make me feel happy. Forget pimping them up with nuts, posh cereals and other fancy dried fruit: this simple combination of ingredients is the best, hands down.
Going back to school after the long holidays can be exciting and a bit nervewracking. When I was a primary school teacher, the first few days of term often saw more than a few tears as children readjusted to the classroom. Nervous parents don’t worry: they’re usually over it by break time! Still, there’s nothing better than a treat tucked into your lunch box to let you know that your loved ones are thinking of you, or a chocolatey treat waiting for you when you get back home after your first day – and that goes for adults as well as children!
So, to my doodlebugs, I added some ‘love notes’ crafted from icing. No, these are not the healthiest of treats, but once in a while, to calm first day nerves or as a Friday treat, they are ideal. I just used coloured icing pens to write different messages; you could apply it to any occasion.
It’s a stress-free, fun recipe to surprise someone you love. I hope they make you as happy as they make me!
For more back-to-school goodies to set you up from breakfast through to dinner, take a look at what the rest of the #SundaySupper gang have been cooking up:
Back to School Beginnings
Back to School Lunches and Simple Suppers
Back to School Sips
Back to School Super Snacks
Back to School Sweets and Treats
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