Chocolate Lip Balm

  
Eaten lots of chocolate over Christmas? Is chocolate now on the naughty list since you made New Years resolutions? Well this lip balm, may just give you that chocolate fix you crave without the calorie intake. The lip balm smells so good…with dark chocolate and vanilla blended in, it’s no wonder.  It has the added benefit of being great for your lips with calendula oil in it, which is packed with antioxidants and is brilliant at healing chapped lips.

It’s very simple to make, you just require some base ingredients (which have many other uses too) and some lip balm tubes, which are cheap and easily available on the internet. It makes 10-12 tubes and they make great pressies.  

Before you start, open up your lip balm containers and have them lined up, as when it comes to putting the mixture you need to work swiftly. 

Ingredients 

  • 30g Shea butter
  • 15g Beeswax 
  • 15g Calendula oil or almond oil
  • 1tsp Vegetable glycerin 
  • 10g Dark chocolate 
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract

Place the shea butter, beeswax, oil, into your double boiler (or similar). Melt, stirring occasionally.

 
Add the chocolate and stir till melted. Turn the heat right down if it’s not already and add the glycerin and vanilla extract, stir through thoroughly. 

Pour into your lip balm containers, but not all the way to the top.  You may need to return the mixture back to heat and stir as it does solidify quickly!  Leave a few minutes and go back and top up each container. Once set pop the lids on. 

 
Next, apply to lips, here’s one treat where a moment on the lips does not mean a lifetime on the hips!

If you like this recipe try tinted lip balm recipe here.

    Quick Chocolate Prune Brownies

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    Need a quick chocolate fix? Or need a dessert for dinner? Well these are the answer. Easy to make, rich and satisfying to eat.

    Even prune haters like these, as chocolate is the real hero here. The prunes just add to the gooey nature of the brownie and have the added bonus of making them marginally healthy. If you want to make the brownies more ‘grown up’ for a dinner party, then the prunes are a great vehicle for soaking up alcohol such as brandy, Armagnac is best.

    Ingredients

    150g butter
    275g sugar
    75g cocoa
    1tsp vanilla extract
    3 eggs
    80g plain flour
    100g prunes, chopped

    Melt the butter, sugar & cocoa gently in a pan. Transfer to a mixing bowl. While this cools a little, grease a square / rectangular cake tin & with baking paper. Put the oven on 160C.

    To the wet mixture add the vanilla essence, and mix in the eggs one at a time. Next add the flour -sifted, mix until you have a smooth batter. Finally throw in the prunes and fold in.

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    Pour into your prepared tin and bake for about 30 mins. Cut once cooled and enjoy with a coffee. If it’s for a dinner party serve with creme fraiche or marscapone.

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