Homemade chocolate candy

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Food
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When a holiday or other special event comes around, it’s always good to have a recipe or two that tastes great and takes little time and effort to prepare.  Here are two I’ve been making for years. My dark chocolate of choice is Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar, which will make two batches of bark or one of peanut-raisin clusters.

Sea-Salted Smoky Almond Chocolate Bark

8 oz. dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
½ c. smoked-flavor almonds, coarsely chopped, divided
1/8 t. sea salt (preferably large crystal)

Line an 8” baking pan with waxed paper.

Microwave small chocolate pieces in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) for 45 seconds.  Stir.  If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring just until melted.  Stir in ¼ c. almonds.

Pour into prepared baking pan.  Sprinkle with remaining almonds.  Tap pan several times to spread chocolate and settle nuts.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.  Break into pieces.  Store in airtight container at room temperature.

From Nestle.

Dark Chocolate Raisin Peanut Clusters

1 lb. bittersweet chocolate, chopped OR ½ lb. bittersweet and ½ lb. semi sweet chocolate
1 t. vegetable oil
1 c. raisins
1 c. coarsely chopped (unsalted) peanuts

½ c. finely chopped unsalted peanuts, for topping, optional

Line a jelly roll pan with waxed paper.
Melt chocolate.
Stir in raisins and peanuts.  Mix well.
Drop by ½ T. onto waxed paper, close together.

(Optional)  Immediately sprinkle with chopped peanuts.  Let harden (not in fridge.)  Store in airtight container.

From The Christmas Kitchen, by Lorraine Bodger

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Comments
  1. Hammad Rais says:

    Wow!
    Thank you very much, Janet for these little but so yummy delights.

  2. You certainly grabbed my attention with this post, Janet. Sweet reading. 🙂

  3. These both look yummy. No Trader Joe’s in my area, so will have to find something else that is suitable. 🙂
    Oh, by the way; I am reading this on the WP Reader page, and at the end of the post you see “MORE ON WORDPRESS.COM”…..2 Peppermint Bark recipes…which I must go read as well! Oh the calories I am virtually consuming this morning! 🙂

    • Ah, those virtual calories as so tasty! It’s interesting about the “more on WordPress” as I see those on other blogs, but not on my own. I always wonder how WP decides what to link. As for the lack of TJ’s, any good dark chocolate (I actually use their bittersweet) will work just fine, although the results will have calories. 🙂

      janet

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Those sound yummy. We (wife makes, I eat) make a white chocolate bark with cranberries and pistachios. Sea salt and smoked almonds sounds very good. How late is the kitchen open 🙂

  5. Miam! Both recipes sound delicious. I’m saving this post.

  6. jan says:

    Yum, if I wasn’t already stuffed with pastries I’d be making these. Thx!

  7. Lindy Le Coq says:

    That almond bark recipe is going into my Christmas recipe file!

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Yum! Homemade chocolate treats are always so nice, and these sound delicious.

  9. Nice! Thanks for posting this!

  10. foreverchocolate says:

    Thanks for this post, awesome!

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