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Chocolate Rocks

Tips: Rock-like in appearance only, these simple confections satisfy nicely when you want a blend of crunchy, chewy, chocolate, sweet, and salty. Three ingredients, quick to make, and they keep for at least two weeks in the fridge if stored airtight; don’t say I never gave you anything! A great project for kitchen novices and/or kids, too. Be sure to bring these to room temperature before consuming them, as they’ll have much more flavor if you do.

Feel free to play with the ingredients in these. Roasted, salted almonds (chopped) can easily substitute for the peanuts, for instance, while milk chocolate can replace the semisweet if your preferences lean toward the former. Use dried red tart cherries (snipped in half with kitchen shears) instead of raisins or try using unsalted nuts for a change of pace. Whatever you use in ingredients, make sure they’re of high quality. If you’d like to make these look a little fancier, sprinkle just a pinch or two of finely shaved chocolate or chocolate sprinkles (of a contrasting color) on top of each “rock” before chilling.

Yield: About 1 pound

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces excellent-quality semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins (remove any stems)
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts (these may or may not be dry roasted; your call)

Method:

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Set aside near microwave.

Place finely chopped chocolate in medium microwaveable bowl. Heat in microwave at 50% (medium) power for 1 minute. Stir well. Continue heating in microwave at 50% (medium) power for short intervals, stirring well after each, until chocolate is about two-thirds melted. Continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Stir in raisins and peanuts until well-blended.

Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto lined baking sheet (you’ll have 25 to 30 “rocks”). Chill until set. Carefully peel from foil; store in refrigerator in airtight storage container. Remove from refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before eating for fullest flavor.

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