Does anyone remember Wagon wheels?? You know those scrumptious marshmallow treats covered in chocolate?! Remember when you discovered they contained gelatine?* Well suffice to say I was pretty heartbroken….
Fast forward a decade and a half later and I made another startling discovery (well my sister in law did). Marshmallow fluff is in fact halal. I may have let out a gasp on receiving this particular piece of information. As pretty much all marshmallows include gelatine* (and not the halal kind either!), as do any marshmallow-esque type chocolates, therefore I naturally presumed that marshmallow fluff contained gelatine*, thus dismissing the matter from my mind entirely.
However the moment my sister in law told me that infact, it didn’t contain gelatine*, my brain set to work, thinking of the myriad of different ways I could use Marshmallow fluff. As soon as I tasted it I thought Wagon wheels. So Wagon Wheels it was…
All you need is 3 basic ingredients:
A packet of digestive biscuits,
About 500g of milk chocolate (you could use dark or white if you prefer)
A jar of Marshmallow fluff
You will also need a wire rack, (this is pretty important)
- First you need to melt your chocolate, I did it for short bursts in the microwave.
- Spread your marshmallow fluff onto the biscuits,
- Place each biscuit on the wire rack, put a plate or some greaseproof paper underneath the wire rack, there will be lots of chocolate dripping off!
- Start by putting a tablespoon of chocolate on each biscuit, nudge it over the edges, use more chocolate if needed.
- When the chocolate has set slightly (don’t worry you don’t have to wait, you can get on with another batch ) top the biscuits off with another layer of chocolate.
- The completed biscuits will need to go in the fridge to set completely make sure you place them on some greaseproof paper or baking parchment before you do this as they do stick!
- When melting your chocolate make sure it isn’t too hot as it will melt the marshmallow fluff.
- It is tempting to be over generous with the marshmallow fluff, however make sure it isn’t too thick, about half a centimetre layer of fluff is enough.
- It is best to do about 3-4 biscuits at a time as it is much easier to handle!
- Some of the marshmallow fluff will also drip off with the chocolate don’t worry!
- If you want a neater finish then you can also cover the bottom with chocolate after the top has set, For the first batch I didn’t but I may do this in the future as the bottom of the biscuit does tend to look abit messy.
- You could use other biscuits if you prefer, but keep in mind that the marshmallow fluff and the chocolate are both very sweet.
*(Gelatine, in most cases is derived from pigs or cows, as Muslims it is forbidden for us to eat pig or any product derived from the pig (it is haraam). We are permitted to eat cow as long as it is slaughtered according to Islamic principles (it is halal). Unfortunately most manufacturers don’t slaughter according to Islamic principles (thus making it haraam) therefore not only is the meat itself not allowed but also any by product of said cow is forbidden (in this case gelatine)…Hope this dummies guide to Muslim dietary requirements was insightful!!
P.S. Well done if you made it to the end of that post, sorry it dragged abit!