Merry Christmas, everyone! Yes, now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the Christmas season is officially here. I spent the weekend putting up decorations. Yes, I tend to go a little overboard, which explains why it took so long. But put on a Christmas movie or some holiday tunes and it doesn't seem like work at all.
Now that the decorations are up, though, it's time to start on all that holiday baking. This is a recipe I shared as a guest blogger many years ago here at the cafe. This recipe is so easy, so delicious and, best of all, freezes well. It's the perfect thing to have on hand for last-minute guests, parties or gift-giving.
So let's get to it.
1 package chocolate almond bark
1 package white almond bark
12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 - 4 oz. bar Baker’s German’s sweet chocolate
34.5 oz. dry roasted peanuts
First, chop up your almond barks. Just get a big ol' knife, a cutting board, maybe put on some Christmas music and you're ready to go.
Then put the chopped almond barks, chocolate, and chocolate chips into a Crock Pot.
Set the heat on high or low and stir occasionally until melted. Or, if you prefer to get it all done at once, melt the chocolates in the microwave, stirring every minute until melted. I usually just use the Crock Pot, though, since it really doesn't take that long. Once everything is melted and smooth...
Stir in your peanuts.
**Note: You MUST use dry roasted peanuts for this recipe. Anything else will mess with the consistency and the chocolate won't set. And there's nothing worse than having to throw out an entire batch of candy.
Once everything is mixed, drop by spoonfuls, as big or small as you like, onto parchment or waxed paper. They release easier from the parchment paper, but should you run out as I did, waxed paper will suffice.
Remember how I said this was an easy recipe? Well, now all you have to do is allow them to harden and ENJOY.
That's all there is to it.
Yes, this recipe makes a lot. But as I said, they freeze wonderfully. Meaning they can last the entire Christmas season. Perfect to pull out and serve on a pretty plate whenever company arrives. They’ll think you slaved all day. And the combination of sweet and salty will curb everyone’s craving.
So is it Christmas at your house yet or are you pacing yourself? Have you started your holiday baking? What's on your list of Christmas must-haves?