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Homemade Chocolate Bark Brittle

I love homemade gifts. 

It's someone taking their time to make something that they want to share with you. I can really appreciate the sincerity of a homemade gift. In fact, I prefer a homemade gift during the holidays. It always mean more to me, 

I have a large family and I have a small budget. So as a chef, I bring treats that inspire a memory for my family during the holidays. 

Last year, I made a chocolate bark that was a huge hit with both kids and adults. I always make enough for the group to enjoy all night and also for them to take home with them to nibble on.

Chocolate Bark Brittle using Abuelita Chocolate, one of my family's favorite chocolate. 

(SIDE BAR: this is when "healthy chef Martha" portion controls the family and sends them home with a mini treat bag, similar to a  party favor box at a wedding)

My family is not the healthiest (god bless them, they really want to  try hard to eat better), so I have to mindful when making homemade gifts for them. It has to be something that will be familiar to them, but also something that does not have a fancy french name like Charcurterie, Tuille, or Quenelle. 

It's customary in Mexico to have hot chocolate with warm confectioners bread. We usually make hot chocolate at Christmas time and also the holidays; its kinda of our thing at my mom's house around the holidays. 

Chocolate Abuelita (hot chocolate disks that are made with molasses and dark brown sugar and cinnamon) is customary in my family.

 

Chocolate Brittle Bark (Variety Mix)

Ingredients 

1 c sugar

2 tbsp. corn syrup

¼ c water

2 tbsp. butter

½ tsp baking soda

1 c pretzel pieces and almonds (roughly chopped)

1 c chocolate pieces (see note)

Directions:

1.  Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.

2. In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add the sugar, water and corn syrup and mix to incorporate.

3. Turn the heat to medium high and heat to 300 degrees (about 9-11 minutes).

4. Melt chocolate in microwave for 40 seconds and set aside.

5. Remove from heat and quickly add the butter until it melts, then add the baking soda, then add the pretzel/nut mix.

6. Turn onto the foil lined cookie sheet and QUICKLY spread it out with back of spatula.

7. Add the chocolate and spread it out across the brittle.

8. Set batch it in freezer until I comes together, then break into shards with your palm or a mallet lined with a towel. Store into a container. (I like mason glass jars)

9. Enjoy within a week of making.

Give it a go, see how your family enjoys it too! 

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Until Next Time, 

xo

Martha

 

 

 

 

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