A Bake in the Life: Chocolate Tiffin

When I first became interested in blogging one of my main influences was a blog that one of my close friends from university started, called Newbie Science. As well as writing posts based around the world of undergraduate science and now postgraduate science journalism, Sarah also writes about her experiences of student life (Including some very delicious recipes that I have first hand experience taste testing!).

A major part of being a student is learning how to manage your finances and of course learning to save money wherever you can. As much as I love baking, sometimes it can be really expensive, especially for some of the more adventurous recipes. So myself and Sarah decided to work together to make something tasty without spending your entire student loan in one go! One recipe that is very money friendly and that is an old favourite with both of us is fridge chilled tiffin. All the ingredients are easy to find and can be changed based on what you can find, everything is also really inexpensive which is always brilliant!


Chocolate Tiffin

½oz/10g Caster Sugar

4oz/110g Butter

4 tbsp Golden Syrup

2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

3½oz/100g Milk Chocolate

9oz/250g Digestive Biscuits

4oz/110g Glacé Cherries, Raisins, Marshmallows, Walnuts, Malted chocolate balls (Any combination of fillings you like really!)


Let’s get started!

  • Put the biscuits into a sandwich bag and bash into varied size crumbs/bits.


  • Add the cherries/raisins/marshmallows/walnuts/malted chocolate balls.


  • Melt the butter, sugar, syrup, chocolate and cocoa powder in a saucepan over a low heat.


  • Pour over the biscuit mixture and stir until combined.


  • Tip into a lined tin and flatten down evenly (We used a loaf style tin and lined it with cling film to make it easy to remove when chilled).
  • Set in the fridge until solid (You may want to cut into slices/bars before it is too well set and this can be difficult if rock solid).


  • If you want to you can sieve icing sugar over the slices/bars for decoration.
  • You are all done! 🙂

I really love this tiffin as not only is it easy to make but it tastes delicious. The recipe is completely variable, so you can use whatever you have – We chose to use glacé cherries, marshmallows and malted chocolate balls as that’s what I had in my cupboard. If you prefer a more biscuity tiffin you can add more digestives, or alternatively if you prefer a more chocolately tiffin you can add more milk chocolate. If you haven’t made tiffin before you definitely need to give it ago! 🙂


A Bake in the Life…


4 thoughts on “A Bake in the Life: Chocolate Tiffin

  1. Reblogged this on Newbie Science and commented:
    Hurray for collaborations! My good friend and fellow blogger Amy (A Year in the Life…) has recently posted a recipe for the chocolate tiffin we made late on a Friday night! It’s a cross between tiffin and rocky road, and is brilliant because you can add anything you want, so have a read, give it a go and also have a look at her blog, because she makes some brilliant cakes and cookies.

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