I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago in the Daniel Plan cook book. I made it for 300 people and let me tell you…it was a hit! It’s the perfect sweet treat if you’re health conscious, gluten intolerant or if you just so happened to crave dark chocolate like me.

This recipe calls for 70% cacao bittersweet chocolate which I used when I made it for family. But when I made them for 300 of my closest friends, I used the Ghirardelli brand 60% cacao premium baking chips because it was just easier than chopping that much chocolate. If you’re not too concerned about calories or cacao percentages, semi sweet chocolate chips would work just as well.

The recipe also called for dried cranberries, but once again, when making them in such large quantities, I opted for Craisins which adds a little more sugar. Any dried fruit would work actually. I think dried cherries or even blueberries would be delicious.

These little boogers are seriously so good and will keep in the refrigerator for days…if they aren’t eaten before then. I hope you’ll give them a try.

Here’s how I did it:

DARK CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY BITES

8 oz bittersweet chocolate, 60% or 70% cacao
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or almonds)
1/2 cup Craisins
Unsweetened shredded coconut
16 Mini sized paper baking cups

If you’re using a bar of chocolate, you’ll need to chop it into chunks with a sharp knife.

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To melt chocolate, I have found the best way is using the double boiler method. If you don’t have a double boiler like me, you can always make one using a sauce pan and heat proof bowl. Add about an inch of water in the bottom of a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Using a heat proof bowl, sit bowl on top of pan making sure it does not touch the simmering water. Pour chocolate into bowl, stir until chocolate is melted

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Place the mini paper cups on a plate or cookie sheet. Drizzle about a teaspoon of melted chocolate in the bottom of each paper. Follow with a few nuts, a sprinkling of coconut and 5 or 6 craisins. Add another layer ending with chocolate and a cute little sprinkle of coconut. Now stick them in the refrigerator for a while to set.

These little tubs of perfection make my heart happywpid-20150131_132714-1.jpg

Thanks for reading! I love you more than chap stick!