Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Easy and delicious candy

I’m sure we all have easy Christmas recipes we can count on in a pinch — the kind of recipe you turn to when you need to make a special treat for the office Christmas party, for instance.

That happened at our house last week. I wanted to make something my husband could take to a party with his co-workers, but we didn’t have much time. I turned to a two-ingredient recipe and was so happy with the results.

I’m sure many of you have favorite “bark” recipes. The concept is simple enough — melted chocolate or almond bark is mixed with favorite ingredients, spread in a thin layer then left to harden before broken into serving-size pieces.

I’ve made several bark recipes over the years, but I haven’t done much experimenting.

There are so many mix-in options: dried fruit, nuts, miniature chocolate chips, toffee chips, pretzels, granola. You can also choose your favorite chocolate: semi-sweet, dark, milk or white or a combination swirled together. Vanilla almond bark is also a good option.

For my bark, I chose semi-sweet chocolate chips and a small can of mixed nuts. I also opted to pour the nuts on top of the chocolate rather than mix them into the chocolate.

The process couldn’t have been any easier.

I melted the chocolate chips in the microwave, then spread the chocolate in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. After a few minutes, I sprinkled the can of nuts on top. (I didn’t chop the nuts.) I gently tapped the pan down so the nuts would sink in a little, then used the back of a spoon to press down as well. Then you wait!

We ran errands while the chocolate hardened, then I broke the candy into serving pieces. Some of the nuts did fall off in this process, but not many.

I thought the candy was delicious and it certainly was easy to make.

Easy Chocolate Candy
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1-2 cups mixed nuts
Pour chocolate chips into microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Return to microwave and cook in 10 second intervals; stir each time. It will probably take a total of one minute and 30 seconds; chips will not lose their shape. At end of cook time, stir chocolate until chips lose their shape. Do not overcook.

Pour hot chocolate onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. With the back of a spoon or with a spatula, spread chocolate to desired thickness. Let sit for a few minutes. Sprinkle nuts on top. Pick up tray about an inch and gently tap it down so nuts sink in a little or with the back of a spoon, gently press nuts into chocolate. Allow chocolate to set. When cooled and set, break into pieces.


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