Did you know that you can make chocolate bars at home with no need for molds and other special equipment? That’s right. And for melting the chocolate, a double boiler isn’t even required. Just microwave the chocolate, stir in whatever you want to add to it, spread and cool until firm, cut into bars and enjoy.
What can be added to the chocolate? Anything and everything, practically. Nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit, rice crispies… This recipe is a homemade version of Nestle Crunch. I have to hand it to my family who finds the most interesting food-related things on the web. The idea for these chocolate bars was discovered by Speedy on the Facebook page of Joy Bauer, a nutrition/health expert for NBC’s TODAY show. Of course I added a few extras — salt and, to heighten the chocolate flavor even more, a little coffee.
- Spread a sheet of non-stick paper on a tray.
- Dump the chocolate, butter and cream in a microwaveable bowl. Heat on HIGH for two to three minutes. Stir until smooth.
- Stir in the coffee granules and salt.
- Fold in the rice crispies.
- Spread the mixture on the non-stick paper. Cover with another sheet of non-stick paper and smooth out with your hand until about a quarter of an inch thick.
- Remove the top sheet of paper. Leave to cool and set. There is no need to refrigerate at this point.
- When firm, cut into bars. Keep in a covered container in the fridge.
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