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Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters/Bark with Dried Fruit for Hanukkah or Christmas

Dark Chocolate Clusters with Nuts and Fruit

Salted Dark Chocolate Clusters with Nuts and Fruit

Dark Chocolate Clusters with Dried Fruit

My most requested chocolate candy  of the season! My Jewish webmaster, John, tells me these are perfect for Hanukkah, and that’s a good thing!

And if you like, instead of clusters, spread out on sprayed cookie sheet and make bark.

Ingredients

20 oz. dark chocolate – I used a combo of Hershey bars and Kroger dark chocolate chunks

1–3/4 cups (8-9 ozs.)  dried cranberries or cherries – I used Michigan cherries and cut them up a bit

1-1/2 cups slivered almonds or chopped favorite nuts, toasted

8 dried apricots, diced or snipped with scissor

Himalayan Pink or Coarse sea salt to sprinkle – just a teeny bit

Instructions:

  1. Toast almonds in a dry pan, medium heat, until they start to color and smell toasted. OR Roast almonds in 350 degree oven just until fragrant and golden, stirring a couple times for a total of 8 -10 minutes. Be careful as they can burn easily.
  2. Melt chocolate in a nonstick pan over low heat. Remove from heat when there are still a few lumps remaining. This insures chocolate won’t burn or seize. Stir to smooth and stir in everything but salt.
  3. Scoop out on sprayed cookie sheets or waxed or parchment paper. Sprinkle VERY VERY lightly with salt and refrigerate until hard. I store mine in the frig between pieces of parchment. Makes 40 or so pieces

Better than best chocolate almond clusters w/dried fruit

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  1. Betze Brown

    Good morning, Rita. A friend made these, we loved them, she sent the recipe. I should have know it was from you! The following was a BLUE DIAMOND recipe that I tweaked.
    Hugs,
    Betze Brown

    Almond Granola Bars

    1 6-oz can Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds
    ½ cup honey
    1-¼ cup Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal
    ½ cup Rice Krispies
    ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
    6-oz pkg Mariani dried cherries
    ¼ cup Nestle semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

    1. Line a 6 x 11” pan with parchment paper.
    2. Microwave honey for 1 minute.
    3. Add remaining ingredients to warm honey.
    4. Pour & press (with waxed paper) evenly into prepared pan.
    5. Refrigerate 2 hours.
    6. Cut into pieces and serve.
    7. Cover with waxed paper and keep refrigerate.

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      Hi, Betze,
      It is a good one – glad you liked them. I’ll be sharing your granola recipe,too. It looks so good.
      Blessings,
      Rita

  2. Alena

    Hi Rita
    I’m looking for a candies/glazed pecan recipe that will stay crunchy.
    Love all,your recipes especially the never fail pie crust, it has truly never failed, always flaky and tender.
    I have a granddaughter who likes to eat just the pecans off top of pie, so to save the rest of us from “disfigured” pie I want to make some pecans for her, hope you can help me out.

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      Hi, Alena,
      (Love your name). I just posted a couple recipes for you and hope it’s what your granddaughter wants. They make a nice Christmas gift too. So glad you like the never fail pie crust.
      Blessings,
      Rita

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