Edible Holiday Gifts Part Two: DIY Chocolate Bars
Every year, I love having my friends over for a Christmas cookie decorating extravaganza. I make tons of Christmas cut-out sugar cookies and gingerbread men. We place everything on the table with different colored frostings, sprinkles, candies and go to town with some healthy competition. We feast on fattening food and wine while laughing at each others disposal. It’s the BEST. Now, why did I just explain all of that to you? The purpose was to let you know that I love sending my friends home with something on top of their wonderfully decorated Christmas cookies. Chocolate bars are something that are easy to make, loved by most people and can be quite beautiful if you try hard enough. In these ones I did my personal favorites: Salted Pretzel, Strawberry , Orange and Crushed Peanut. I love anything that gives the sweet and salty contrast. I live for salted chocolate.
These can also look pretty professional if you’re using a chocolate bar mold like this one. I packaged these in cellophane bags with a cute little “handmade by” sticker to seal the opening of the bag. It’s something that’s easy to personalize, looks pretty and makes your friends and family feel special during the season. Little do they know, this is actually my ploy to get everyone else to gain as much weight as I do during this holiday season (insert evil laugh). In other news, if you’re looking for something easy to make for your friends or family this year, these chocolate bars are your answer. They’ll make you look like you’re a professional chocolatier! Other things that would be beautiful in the bars are dried fruits like blueberries, cranberries, or even some orange segments and dried figs. Have some fun with it and enjoy!
- (2) Ghiradelli Semisweet Chocolate Bars Melted
- 1/4 C Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/4 C Freeze Dried Strawberries
- 2 TBS Crushed Peanuts
- 1/4 C Mini Pretzel Twists
- Melt chocolate using double boiler method (put an inch or two of water in a pot and heat until boiling. Place chocolate in a bowl and place on top of boiling water.) Stir until chocolate is melted.
- Pour in heavy cream until chocolate is smooth and shiny (NOTE: If you are using heavy cream, this makes the bars a little bit softer when they set. More of a "ganache". If you want solid chocolate bars omit this step)
- Pour melted chocolate evenly into each mold and top with your favorite add-ins
- Place in the fridge for about two hours or until set