Homemade Daim

Yesterday we tidied away all the Christmas things, not a moment to soon in my book. Although I like Christmas, I’m always keen to tidy it all away and get the house back to normal once the New Year has rung in. Hubby is reluctant to tidy it all away though so I usually have to wait until the 5th or 6th January, which seems to be the ‘correct’ time to take it all down in the UK. In Sweden on the other hand, it usually happens on the 13th January, also known as St. Knut’s Day {for a non-catholic country a lot of Swedish celebrations seem to coincide with catholic saints, as with St Lucia that I wrote about it my last post about Saffron Buns} but then again the Christmas tree is usually not decorated there until Christmas Eve.

We merged Swedish and British traditions though, and had a ‘julgransplundring’ {plundering of the Christmas tree} after having thrown out the Christmas tree and tidied all the decorations away. That’s basically just an excuse to get more presents {as if enough gifts weren’t exchanged at Christmas!} though for this it would normally just be one small gift per person. When I was little it used to be more of an event, I remember going to the local community centre where there would be singing and dancing and all the kids would get a bag of sweets, fished out of a ‘pond’ {a sheet hung in front of a door frame and you would use a stick with a piece of string and a clothes-peg attached to fish something out of the ‘pond’ behind the sheet. Whoever was behind the sheet would attach a bag of sweets or a present to the peg for you to pull out}. Oh, this brings back memories!

My husband was very keen to take on this tradition when he learned of it {not the singing and dancing but just the present aspect of it}, and the kids were equally happy to get another wee present! 🙂

Homemade daim - without chocolate

In another attempt to tidy away all traces of Christmas, I had the last pieces of the homemade daim that I made before Christmas. This sweet has become part of our Christmas food tradition. It’s very easy to make, and tastes pretty similar to the real thing, particularly if storing it in the fridge so it gets a bit of a crunch to it.

Homemade daim slab

Homemade Daim

2 tsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
2 tbps golden syrup
100ml sugar
6 tbsp butter (almost 100g)
75g chopped almonds
100g milk chocolate

1) Put all the ingredients, apart from the milk chocolate, into a pot {preferably one with a thick bottom} and bring to the boil, then leave to simmer for about 15 mins.
2) Once the mixture has thickened, pour it onto a greased baking tray {or one lined with baking parchment} and spread out into a rectangle shape.
3) Melt the chocolate and spread on top of the cooled daim mixture.
4) Once the chocolate has set, slice the daim into smallish squares.
5) Store in the fridge.

Homemade daim


8 thoughts on “Homemade Daim

    • I’m not sure how readily available they are in North America, or if they were mainly only sold in Ikea (but they have apparently stopped selling them now). They seem to be similar to Hershey’s Skor bar or Heath bar. Either way they are well worth a try! 🙂

  1. We still have some sweets left from Christmas, but this looks delicious enough to convince me to do make some sweets again, although I prefer hazelnuts instead of almonds, have you ever tried to make it that way?

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