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Bottom of the Chocolate Box Brownies

These chocolate box brownies might be the perfect chocolate brownie. They’re, gooey, rich, and decadent with a surprise in the middle too.

A pile of chocolate Brownies on some baking parchment with icing sugar being dusted on with some empty chocolate wrappers in the background.
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It hurts my heart to see those abandoned chocolates at the bottom of the chocolate box. Forgotten, unloved, and likely to remain there for at least another month when:

a) They’ll be eaten all in one go by the person who’s been trying to diet all month (that would be me)


b) They’ll be chucked away by the ruthless person who is sick of the sight of them cluttering up the sideboard

Well I’m here to give you a third option people!

Unwrap those toffee pennies and the ones in the green wrappers that you don’t really like because the center just appears to consist of an inferior lump of chocolate compared to the exterior chocolate.

Let’s make brownies!

📋 What do we need?

Overhead imaged of individual Ingredients for chcoclate brownies on a wooden board with labels.

For the leftover chocolates from the chocolate box you can really use any that you have, my favourites are the strawberry creams but Chris really likes the brownies with caramel inside 😋.

Make sure you buy a nice 70% dark chocolate for a nice balance of richness and creaminess to the brownies.

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP When lining your baking tray make sure you overlap the edges of the tray slightly so that you can easily lift the brownies out of the tray when they’re done.

You want to press the leftover chocolates down into the brownie mixture and when they bake the brownie will envelope that chocolate leaving a nice little surprise in each one.

Overhead picture showing the brownie mixture in the baking tray ready to go into the oven with the chocolates in the background.

Anything goes in these brownies:

  • Ferrero rochers (I know there’ll be none of the addictive regular ones left, but those dark chocolate ones….?)
  • Lindor chocolate balls – usually all eaten before Christmas even starts! but I did find a couple of those milk and white chocolate ones, and they were amazing in these brownies!)
  • Pull-your-fillings out toffees (although they’ll still pull your fillings out baked into the brownies)
  • I haven’t tried it, but I bet After Eights would be amazing too!
Overhead picture of some chocolate brownies sliced into portions sat on some baking parchment with some leftover chocolates scattered around.

I’m even thinking of going Russian Roulette in these things. If I still worked in an office I’d soooo be hiding a black olive in one of them 🤣.

Use up your leftover chocolates from Christmas with these chocolate box brownies.

Dust them with a little icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and you’re ready to serve.

A pile of chocolate box brownies on some baking parchment with icing sugar being dusted on from a mini sieve with some empty chocolate wrappers in the background.

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Overhead picture of some chocolate brownies on baking parchment with chocolates from the chocolate box scattered around.

📃 Chocolate Box Brownies Recipe

Use up those leftover chocolates in these fudgy chocolate brownies!

5 from 3 votes

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

Total Time 35 mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine British

Servings 16 servings

Calories 282 kcal



  • Preheat the oven to 180c/350f and line a baking tray that’s approx. 20cmx20cm and 3cm deep with baking parchment. PRO TIP: Leave a little of the parchment overhanging the tray to make it easier to get the brownie out later.

  • Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bowl isn’t touching the water though). Stir and leave to cool slightly.

  • Once the chocolate and butter mixture has cooled slightly then add in the sugar and eggs and mix together using a whisk.

  • When the chocolate is thoroughly mixed in, sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder over the mixture, and then add the ground almonds.

  • Fold into the mix gently, in a figure of eight. This will help to keep the air in.

  • Pour the mixture into your lined baking tray.

  • Arrange the chocolates on top of the brownie mix evenly, so there is 1 piece per portion of brownie. Push the chocolate into the mixture slightly.

  • Place the tray in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.

  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tray.

  • Lift the brownie out of the tray using the baking parchment and place on a chopping board. Use a sharp knife to slice the brownie into portions. It will crumble slightly when you cut it, but it crumbles less, the longer you leave it to cool.

  • Dust with a little icing (confectioners) sugar and serve. < Optional.

✎ Notes

Nutritional Information is per serving and is estimated but may differ for you depending on which chocolates you use.


Calories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 27mgPotassium: 147mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 337IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg

Keywords Baking Ideas, Easy Bake, What to make with leftover chocolate

This chocolate brownie recipe was first published in January 2016. Updated with improvement to the recipe, new photos, and a step-by-step video in December 2021.

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