Well, I don’t mean to sound like a real Negative Nancy, but I find this holiday gift giving thing very stressful and frustrating. Each year I have given a myriad of socks, scarves, assorted candles and fragrance items. pajamas, CD’s, Ninja Turtles, and novelty night lights and quite honestly I’ve never seen anybody act very excited upon receiving these most generous of gifts.
So I have adopted a new holiday gift giving policy this year and that is that I will only be giving out food gifts that I make. I’m hoping that my loved ones will appreciate something that I’ve made with my own two hands and see that it has come straight from the heart and not from Macy’s.
One of the items that I’ll be making this holiday is my Chocolate Bark with Almonds. This stuff is better than any poly-cotton blend scarf or George Michael CD…and, so easy to make! I use a good quality bittersweet chocolate and add salty roasted almonds and sweet fluffy marshmallows. The secret ingredient is espresso powder because everybody knows that coffee and chocolate were made to be together. Seriously, I know I’m gonna nail it this year.
Chocolate Bark with Almonds
When melting chocolate, take care not to get any moisture into the chocolate as it will “seize”, and not to let it get too hot as chocolate burns very easily.