Sea Salt & Chocolate Pleasure

20 Mon, 2010 § 8 Comments

Only five days until Christmas?  Really?

Wow.

In need of a last-minute gift or a little something to enhance an offering?  I was.  Natalie saved me with her suggestion.

Simple, pretty & I needed only three ingredients.

  • 1 bag [12 oz?] of dark chocolate chips [I used Guittard 60% cacao, non-dairy]
  • ~1 cup almonds [I had leftover almond crumbs, but I’m sure I can think of something to do with these. ;)]
  • sea salt, to taste

I Love Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt.

It is my current favorite combination.  Salt brings out the complexity of dark chocolate, & I’ve been CRAVING it recently.  It didn’t take much to convince me to make this bark, & it definitely lived up to expectations.

Mmmm…now I don’t want to share.

Line an 8×8 baking sheet with parchment paper if you have it — or take your husband up on his offer to run back to the store when you realize you forgot it — it is worth it for the ease of cleanup & removing the chocolate from the pan.  Use a larger baking sheet if you want thinner bark.

Toast the almonds, chop [the food processor is great for this] & spread them over the parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate.  You can do this in a microwave or using a double boiler. I love melting chocolate with my double boiler — there is something therapeutic about stirring the chips & watching as they slowly melt into dark, rich liquid.

Pour the melted chocolate over the almonds, spreading gently if needed.

Sprinkle with sea salt, to taste by sight — ok, so you can’t really taste test yet; I just guessed & thought it best to error on the lighter side for the sake of general taste [of others].  Start with a light dusting & increase the amount on your next batches if desired — you’ll want to make more.  Promise.

Allow to cool & harden [I left mine in the fridge overnight].

Remove the harden bark from the baking sheet & break into pretty pieces.  [This is fun.]

Fill a clean mason jar with chocolate bark pieces.

Tie a couple pretty ribbons around the jar for a nice, finishing touch.  I also cut a circle out of gold tissue paper & inserted it between the lid & screw-top to hide the not-so-pretty, generic writing.

This made enough to fill two 12-ounce jars.

I keep thinking how pretty pink, Himalayan sea salt would be…but these are still very pretty.

Natalie also brought up that pistachios & dried cranberries would be a festive alternative to almonds.  That would be a fun combination — let me know if anyone tries it — you simply can’t go wrong with almonds though.

Thanks again for your help Natalie!

~

Friday was downstairs.  Here’s a little look at the upstairs.

Hook a left & meet the linen closet & full bath.

Keep hooking & you’re in the spare room.

I love the storage space in our rental.  This closet will be perfect for our outdoor gear.

The spare has become the workout room for now.

If you hook a right at the top of the stairs:

another nice closet…which has some of Eisley’s things, & she knows it. 🙂

Our bedroom

I like the tree right outside, & yes that is our bed for the time being “rolled” up against the wall.  The memory foam mattress pad is perfectly cozy for me, but Dave’s heavy, broad shoulders sink to the floor…I can see how that could be a bit uncomfortable.  We padded it with thick blankets underneath, so he doesn’t hit the hard floor any longer.  I like having it out of the way during the day — plenty of play room for me & Eis — but I’m sure we’ll be getting an actual bed soon.

Aw…& a walk-in closet.

In case you don’t see enough of Eisley 😉

& want close-up of the “bed”.

Sometimes she reminds me of a deer.

~

What “last minute” things do you need to take care of this week before the holidays?  I think I just have one two gifts left & some cards to make — oh yeah, & a family portrait to take.

Hope you enjoy your Monday!

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§ 8 Responses to Sea Salt & Chocolate Pleasure

  • I love how simple that is. And it makes a beautiful looking gift. Plus, who doesn’t love the salty & sweet combo?

  • Julia says:

    That bark sounds fantastic. You keep adding to my list of things I need to try!
    I love the rolled up bed, it actually looks really comfy and much easier to move than a huge mattress. And I love all the pics of Eisley – she does look a little like a deer with her ears up like that. Too cute!

    • Allie Finch says:

      Thank you & good — this one is SO easy — you must make it! 😉
      I really do like the rolled up bed…it’s not Dave’s favorite though, so we’ll probably get a big ole bed & mattress. 😀
      I’m glad you like the photos of Eisley, because I really love posting them. She’s my little best.

  • Natalie says:

    Oh, I love the idea of peanuts and dark chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever tried that combo in bark, but I love peanut butter and chocolate! Nice work 🙂 Your jar looks so pretty and festive!

    • Allie Finch says:

      Oh I bet peanuts would be good! Thanks again for the idea — I made some for my BIL & had to downsize the jar we’re giving it in…because I kept eating it. oops!

  • Our workout corners look almost identical! Same boring walls and carpet with the weights lined up and the mat against the wall!

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