One of the most vivid childhood memories I have is going grocery shopping with my Mum and sister every Saturday evening. As tedious as this may sound, for me and my sister it meant one thing: a small, red bag of rounded mini chocolate bites by the end of our grocery trip! See, my Mum would allure me and my sister to join her by promising to buy us a bag of Maltesers each, on the condition that we would eat them throughout the weekend and be quiet while she was going through her shopping list. And this trick worked every single time, because neither me nor my sister could resist Maltesers chocolates (and who can?). Oh, the happiness of letting the chocolate melt in the mouth until I’d taste the honeycomb centre…
As it happens with most childhood memories, this little ritual of ours has turn into a habit in my adulthood life, and so every time I crave something sweet to nibble with my tea at nights, Maltesers it is! Nowadays, I am much more organised and I even have my own chocolate box next to the tea bags bucket, so that I never run out of them. Two to three of these little chocolate balls with my cuppa and I am a happy girl!
This week, my friend Rachel (who is 7 months pregnant!) visited me from Livingston with her gorgeous Pomeranian puppy, Milo. As I hadn’t seen her for almost six months – last time we chatted it was when she revealed to me that she was 5 weeks pregnant, how quickly time flies! – I prepared a little afternoon date and invited the girls to join us! Of course, there is not a girls’ gathering without cake and what better than a Maltesers smash cake (yes, you read this right, a Maltesers chocolate CAKE!) that came in the shape of a giant Malteser chocolate!
I laid my vintage tea set and spoons on the table, put the kettle on and placed the chocolate cake in the centre of the arrangement. As soon as the girls arrived, we made some tea and toasted our mugs to Rachel’s exciting new life Chapter before breaking the chocolate cake shell to find a wonderful surprise beneath it! Much to our amusement, the chocolate cake might have looked like a giant Maltesers chocolate but in reality, it was a malt drizzled sponge cake with chocolate flavour frosting, topped with loads of mini Maltesers chocolates, all covered by this chocolate shell that hide under all this goodness! It was truly, a chocolate lovers heaven.
We cut pieces of the cake and the ummmms and yummms started as soon as we had a few spoonfuls of it. The malt drizzled sponge was soft and light and the mini chocolate balls went down so well with sips of Early Grey tea. Needless to say, we had at least two pieces of cake each, that’s how good it was!
We spent our evening chatting, drinking tea, watching the dogs play and occasionally stealing a Maltesers chocolate ball from the cake, such is the temptation when you have a Maltesers cake in front of you.
Rachel told me all about her pregnancy and how she feels as a mama-soon-to-be! It was lovely to see her talk with so much enthusiasm about these past months, the baby’s nursery and future plans. Cruz and Milo did not stop playing during the entire time and we decided to stand up and go for a little walk only after Milo started asking out! It was the perfect girls evening and I cannot wait to do it all over again in a couple of months’ time with little girl Elly in our arms.
Have you ever tried a Maltersers smash cake before? What is your favourite childhood memory?
This is a paid partnership with Maltesers, but all opinions expressed are mine. You can find the Maltesers smash cake available at ASDA for £14.00. Thank you for reading Natbee’s and for supporting the brands that make Natbee’s happen.