Create your own wonderful wedding food and drink, from these inspiring recipes, perfect for DIY weddings, or just for a special treat

10 Ways with Chocolate


1. Turn up the heat

A handy hint for all those chilli lovers and hot sauce devotees – chocolate and chilli are a match made in heaven, as long as your taste buds are up to the challenge. Many chocolate producers are now releasing pre-packaged chilli chocolate onto supermarket shelves, but why not try dipping your favourite choccy treat into your hot sauce of choice?


2. Stir into savoury foods for a rich twist

Can You Make Healthy and Tasty Chocolate Treats for Your Guests?

Chocolate Treats

Brides to be are constantly looking for ways to save money and cut the cost of their big day. Sometimes the careful planning and budgeting means you end up having a simple yet elegant wedding day. Though there is the danger that the excessive skimping results in a cheap and tacky wedding.

And nothing says tacky like chocolate. Until now.

If you love chocolate as much as your groom, you may be delighted to hear that you can make sophisticated chocolate treats from the comfort of your own home.

Best of all, you can even make chocolate treats that are completely healthy and nutritious. 

Show-stopping cocktails


The perfect wedding is a thing of dreams; and who doesn’t dream of the bright summer sunshine beaming down on friends and family as they sip an exotic cocktail after a tear-jerking ceremony?

Now that dream can be a reality following the launch of a vibrant range of vodkas that promise to create show-stopping cocktails that will keep your guests talking for months on end. 

With the tropical taste of mango, grapefruit, or pineapple tickling your taste buds, Cîroc vodka could well be the perfect ingredient to your dream wedding in the sun. 

Seafood salad with strawberries

Seafood Salad with Strawberries Recipe

Seafood salad with strawberries recipe perfect for DIY Weddings. Quick to mix together, light, refreshing and low in calories. Plus this healthy salad is just bursting with health boosting antioxidants, vitamin C and protein to help keep you in tip top shape.

• Serves 4 • Prep: 25 minutes

Cook’s tip:  Rather than adding prawns and mint this salad also tastes great with cubed goats cheese and chopped coriander.

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Raspberry Portuguese tarts ingredients

Raspberry Portugese Tarts

Deep filled vanilla custard tarts with buttery melt in the mouth pastry and dotted with juicy jewel like summery raspberries.

• Makes 12  • Prep: 30 minutes  •  Chill: 30 minutes  •  Cook: 35 minutes

Cook’s tip: As small tart cases are a bit fiddly to make, why not make double the quantity if you have two muffin tins. Line both tins, chill and bake the tarts then freeze half of the plain tart cases, defrost and fill later for an easy dessert.

Raspberry gin sorbet with lavender thins

raspberry gin sorbet with lavender thins recipe

Cool and refreshing, a cocktail in a dessert glass, or for a bit of fun why not freeze in ice lolly moulds for an adult only version.

• Serves 6 • Prep: 20 minutes • Cook: 30-35 minutes • Freeze: 6-8 hours or overnight

Cook’s tip

If the sorbet has been in the freezer overnight then take the container out of the freezer and allow to soften for 10 minutes before scooping.

Not a fan of lavender then leave it out and add the grated rind of ½ a lemon or leave the biscuit mix plain.

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Halva & blackberry ice cream with blackberry sauce

halva blackberry ice cream with blackberry sauce recipe

You don’t need an ice cream machine for this middle eastern inspired ice cream.

The crumbled halva adds a wonderful sweet hit balanced by the fresh fruity pieces of blackberry. Delicious served with fresh fruity blackberry sauce too.

• Serves 6 • Prep: 30 minutes • Freeze: 4-6 hours or overnight

Cook’s tip

Don’t worry about washing the whisk between the whisking the egg whites, yolks, even the cream. It is only egg whites that will not whisk if a wet or sticky whisk is used but as these are whisked first it’s fine.

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