Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt

Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt

div class="noborderdv" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"img alt="Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt // The Parsley Thief" height="520" src="http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/theparsleythief/Spiced%20Dark%20Chocolate%20Bark/PumpkinBark1zps98ba73d1.jpg" width="730" //divdiv style="font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"I'm dubbing this treat iHalloween Candy for Grown-ups/i. It's my kind of candy - a perfect combination of just enough sweetness, crunch, saltiness, and a touch of spice. While the super dark varieties of chocolate aren't really my thing, I love bittersweet chocolate. Not only for it's purported health benefits, but for i{as the name suggests}/i - it's slightly bitter, not too sweet taste. I know I'm probably not the only one who can get a bit overwhelmed with the sickeningly sweet candy overload that comes with Halloween. This treat is perfect for folks like us and it's a fun candy to whip up for a teacher goodie bag, a hostess gift, or to serve if you're entertaining during the upcoming weeks./divdiv class="noborderdv" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"img alt="Ingredients" height="730" src="http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/theparsleythief/Spiced%20Dark%20Chocolate%20Bark/PumpkinBark2zpsfa88dec3.jpg" width="730" //divdiv style="font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"When I say you can whip this up, it's true. This recipe really couldn't be easier. Not only is it easy and quick to make, but it's very adaptable as well. If you're not a fan of bittersweet chocolate, use semi-sweet, or a combination of both. Add dried fruit, like cranberries, cherries, or apricots./divdiv class="noborderdv" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"img alt="Mix & Pour" height="313" src="http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/theparsleythief/Spiced%20Dark%20Chocolate%20Bark/PumpkinBark3zps17190526.jpg" width="730" //divdiv style="font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"Pumpkin seeds are appropriate for this time of year, but pistachios, almonds, peanuts, or cashews would be great too. To add some depth and spice to the flavor of the chocolate, I've added some pumpkin pie spices and ground red chipotle. The flavors are evocative of Autumn and the chipotle adds a subtle heat, which you can certainly adjust to your taste. You can purchase pumpkin pie spice at your local market, but I've also included a quick recipe with instructions on how to make your own at home below./divdiv class="noborderdv" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"img alt="Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt // The Parsley Thief" height="520" src="http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af151/theparsleythief/Spiced%20Dark%20Chocolate%20Bark/PumpkinBark4zps4fb7ec5d.jpg" width="730" //divdiv style="font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"I hope you love this delicious "candy" as much as I do...just beware, it's highly addictive! iEnjoy!/ibr /Some other sweet treats perfect for gift giving - a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2008/12/rumballs.html" target="blank"bRum Balls/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2012/04/coconut-brigadeiros.html" target="blank"bCoconut Brigadeiros/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2010/05/saltine-toffee.html" target="blank"bSaltine Toffee/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/05/chewy-caramel-popcorn-pretzel-bars.html"bChewy Caramel Popcorn Pretzel Bars/b/abr //divh1 style="font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif; font-size: 20px; text-align: left;"Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt/h1div style="font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: left;"{a href="https://sites.google.com/site/theparsleythiefcooks/spiced-dark-chocolate-pumpkin-seed-bark-with-sea-salt" target="blank"bprintable recipe/b/a}br /Yields: about 12 ouncesbr /iIf you don't have a double boiler, a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water will work just as well. The chocolate can also be microwaved at 30 second intervals, checking and stirring after each, until completely melted. Experiment with the ingredients and quantities to suit your taste...such as adding dried fruits, assorted roasted nuts, or using a combination or semi-sweet and dark chocolate. The spices give the chocolate a subtle heat, but not too spicy! If you'd like it on the spicier side, add a bit more ground chipotle. Pumpkin pie spice can be found in most supermarkets, but if you're unable to find some, I've included a recipe to make your own at home below./ibr /br /iingredients:/ibr /3 - 3 1/2 ounce bars bgood quality dark chocolate/b i{70% cacao or higher}/ibr /1 teaspoon bpumpkin pie spice/b i{recipe below}/ibr /1/8 teaspoon bground red chipotle/bbr /1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons broasted & salted hulled pumpkin seeds/b i{pepitas}/ibr /1/2 teaspoon bcoarse sea salt/bbr /br /imethod:/ibr /Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Melt 3/4 of the chocolate in a double boiler set over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from the heat and add the remaining chocolate, stirring until melted. Add the dried spices and stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in a 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seeds.br /br /Using a silicone spatula, scrape the mixture out onto the parchment paper. Spread out evenly into a rectangle, as thin or as thick as you desire. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds over the top. Let the bark rest for 5 minutes to cool slightly, then sprinkle the sea salt evenly over the top. Refrigerate for 45 minutes, or until firm. Break the bark into pieces and enjoy!br /bMake ahead/b: The bark can be made at least a week in advance and stored in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated, or store in a cool spot.br /br /bPumpkin Pie Spice/b i{Yields: 2 teaspoons}/i - In a small container, combine 1 teaspoon bground cinnamon/b, 1/2 teaspoon bground ginger/b, 1/4 teaspoon bfreshly ground nutmeg/b, and 1/4 teaspoon bground allspice/b. Stir to combine. Save the remaining spice blend for another use by storing in an airtight container for up to 3 months.br //div

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