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Chocolate Bites and Bars

Create your own chocolate bites and bars with healthy ingredients. Candy bars can be health food. Using a dark couverture chocolate along with organic nuts, freeze-dried berries, coconut, cacao nibs, bee pollen, rose petals, lavender, or a sprinkle of bee pollen. They are so fun to create and are completely addicting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate bars
Prep Time 30 minutes
chill time 10 minutes
Calories 436 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dark chocolate tempered
  • variety of raw nuts or seeds
  • flaked unsweetened coconut
  • roasted cacao nibs
  • freeze-dried strawberries and raspberries
  • dried rose petals
  • dried lavender
  • bee pollen
  • molds or wax paper

Instructions

  1. Tempering chocolate 101
  2. Place chocolate glass or metal bowl in an oven heated to 100 degrees F.  Not one degree hotter.  Cover with aluminum foil and let the chocolate melt overnight or several hours 
  3. When ready to use the chocolate, place bowl over barely simmering water and bring the temperature to 113 degrees

  4. Remove the bowl from the water and add a small amount of shaved or chopped chocolate to the warm chocolate and stir the chocolate until the temperature has lowered to 84 degrees 

  5. Place the bowl back over the hot water and bring the temperature up to 86 degrees and stir for about 5 minutes holding it at that temperature.

  6. Now you can pour the chocolate into the molds.  I know this seems like such a hassle, but worth it in the end.  Arrange with your favorite nuts, fruits, seeds, etc.

  7. Cooling the chocolate is equally as important.  Chocolate cools and hardens best at an ambient room temperature of 68 degrees.  Cool weather is better for making candy.

  8. Store in a cool place.  Once the chocolate is tempered, relax and enjoy making your own variations and flavors.  I can’t think of any further instructions to give you.  If you have questions, just shoot me the question in the “contact me” drop down and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition calculations are estimated.  Depending on the topping and the amount.  All nuts would have more calories and fat.  Freeze-dried fruit would be considerably less.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Bites and Bars
Amount Per Serving (6 - 3 oz bars)
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 228
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.3g39%
Saturated Fat 16.5g83%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3.1g12%
Sugar 39.1g43%
Protein 6.6g13%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.