Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mom's Birthday Chunkys

My mom's favorite candy as a kid is a small thick chocolate candy bar called a "Chunky."  It's filled with raisins and nuts.  For her birthday, I recreated her favorite treat into heart shaped molds.  Using good quality dark chocolate and lots of natural raisins and pecans, the homemade Chunky was born.  These are easy treats to make at home or to give out as gifts.  Valentine's Day anyone?!? 

Plastic or tin heart shaped molds can be used for baking as well as candy making!

10oz bittersweet or dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips)
1c chopped pecans (substitute your favorite nut)
1/2-1c raisins (just add as many as you can)

1. In a large glass bowl, microwave chocolate, stirring after each minute until completely melted.
2. Pour in as many nuts and raisins as you like and stir well.  The mixture will be very chunky.
3. Pour into plastic or tin heart molds and spread evenly.  If you don't have any molds, you can make clusters by dropping them by the spoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  Remove.  Store at room temp.  Enjoy!

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