It would be almost sinful to say: “It’s the Most Beautiful Time of the Year” and not make this treat. It is one of the simplest and satisfying snacks to make and keep making throughout the year. Holiday Chocolate Candy is not just for the holidays. It is the perfect snack for a daily treat if you wish.
I get it. We are all busy. If we are not pouring into our families, we are pouring into our careers. We are always pouring into something or someone. Why not pour into you? And, this is the perfect treat to do some solo indulging. I call it my guilty pleasure.
You can even keep your Holiday Chocolate Candies hidden in plain sight, but only you know that you stashed them in an empty Old Fashioned Oats container. Right? See how clever you have to get when you want something just for you? One of my tricks is to hide it in a bag all the way in the back of my refrigerator. No one ever takes the time to look in the very back of the refrigerator. Do they? If they happen to stumble upon them, then you’ve been busted, because, like you and me, they will keep going back until the container is empty.
It is super easy and quick to crush raw almonds and pretzels in a blender or a Ziploc bag using a rolling pin. I told you I like simplicity. Make certain the almonds and the pretzels are crushed into pieces that you can see, not finely blended or overly crushed. This is one of my favorite steps. I love a good rolling pin and I have to get my arm exercise somehow right?
This treat is similar to chocolate bark. Get as creative as you wish. Add items that you like. Nothing is off-limits. Your palate, Your choice. Speaking of palates, I am working on my third one right now and managed to share a couple. The rest will be hidden away when I venture into the kitchen late at night to grab a sip of water.
The ingredients I used were everyday items that I already had in my pantry. I used milk chocolate, salted pretzels, and raw almonds. I melted the chocolate in a saucepan and added the crushed pretzels and crushed almonds into the melted chocolate. I then took a teaspoon and scooped the chocolate enveloped with the pretzels and raw almonds onto a tray lined with parchment paper. I allowed the chocolate treat to harden in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. You can add extra time if you wish to make certain your chocolate is firm.
My advice to you: Find a good place to stash your snack. I have already given you a few ideas. I am sure you have a few favorite hiding spots in your house too. This snack is one that I will continue to rotate. It is quick, easy, and yummy! Again, Holiday Chocolate Candies are not just for the holiday. They are perfect 365 days of the year. Enjoy the Crunch!