Last Sunday with my mom and nieces, we made Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls, Sugar Cookies, Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bars, M&M Clusters, White Vanilla Chocolate and Peppermint Bark and a Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Candy Bar Bark. We had so much fun decorating and taste testing.
Today, I made the two most requested Christmas treats; Holiday Biscotti Dipped in White Vanilla Chocolate and M&M Clusters. For the biscotti, I replaced the dried cranberries with Tart Dried Cherries. The tart cherries gave it so much more flavor. I can’t wait to dip one in my coffee tomorrow morning.
The M&M Clusters are the perfect candy. They have salt from the pretzels and dry roasted peanuts, then dipped in white vanilla chocolate, and topped with mini M&M’s. It’s the perfect balance of salt and sweet.
I had bought some caramel balls at the candy store the other day, but I didn't know what I was going to make with them. Then I was thinking about brownies made with peanut butter chips and caramel. How can you go wrong with chocolate, peanut butter and caramel? You can't. So I made them into Mini Brownie Bites. They were gooey like a brownie should be and with the melting caramel it was perfection. Definitely making those again!
I was putting some things away in my pantry when I noticed two pounds of Callebaut Milk Chocolate. My mind instantly starting thinking about what kind of chocolatee bark can I make? I thought almonds and coconut would be really good. I used slivered almonds to go with the delicate sweet coconut. It was so good!
When I was putting away the coconut, I noticed I had some raw cashews. I toasted them in olive oil and added cayenne and smoked salt. Now, I have only seen people on TV say how good cayenne is with chocolate, but I have never tasted it together. This is my new favorite bark! You can taste the cayenne, but it’s not hot like you would think, just a warm hint in the background of great tasting chocolate. It is an amazing flavor combination.
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