Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Coins

I love the idea of chocolate bark and brittle. I think it’s fantastic and really, what’s not to love? Chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, and other delicious toppings combined with chocolate is fine in my books. Unfortunately I usually have to stay away from these delicious treats because they often contain milk. Today I had an intense chocolate craving that I absolutely had to give in too, so I went to the grocery store and bought a plain bar of dark chocolate. I came home and decided to experiment with tempering to see if I could spice this bar up, and I’m pretty sure I did just that. I rummaged through the pantry for nuts, seeds, and dried fruit and in the end, this is what I came up with.

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The dark chocolate bar that I used was 72% cocoa (which contains no dairy) and cost me a whopping $1.30. I already happened to have pistachios and craisins at home, so this was a perfect treat to satisfy my craving (and it was hella cheap too)! What I love about this recipe is that you can use what you have, it is cost effective, and perfect to give as a gift or serve to guests. Seriously, how adorable are those little coins?

Ingredients:

-100 gram dark chocolate bar
-Tiny handful of craisins (about 1/8 cup)
-Tiny handful of pistachios (about 1/8 cup)

Directions:

1) Prepare your mold. For these coins, I used a mini muffin tray but a regular sized one is just fine. Put a large piece of plastic wrap on top of the muffin tray to create a liner.

2) Temper your chocolate. I was intimidated at first because I had never done this before but it was so easy. Chop up your chocolate. Put a metal bowl on top of a few inches of boiling water in a saucepan (see below) and let it melt. Remove the bowl when the chocolate is almost melted, about 2/3 of the way. Stir until completely melted.

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3) Mix in your toppings. Throw in your craisins and pistachios. I like to break up the pistachios a bit.  After stirring, place small spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture into your lined muffin tray and allow it to settle.

4) Allow to harden. Place the tray in your fridge until this happens. Remove your little coins from the tray by peeling them off of the plastic wrap.  Voila! Pretty little vegan chocolate coins.

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