One of my favorite places in the world to go around Christmas time is New Orleans. I always try to stay in the historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter. The lobby is decorated in spectacular fashion and the streets of the Quarter are festooned with all the trimmings of the season. Pralines are the featured candy down there but when I first saw this recipe, I thought it would fit right into the Quarter.
Total Time: 1 Hr. 20 Min.
Prep Time: 20 Min.
Cook Time: 1 Hr.
If you can melt chocolate, you can make this scrumptious Chocolate-Peanut Butter Swirled Bark studded with cranberries and pistachios.
What You Need
1-1/2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S White Chocolate (6 oz.), melted
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
Let’s Make It
1 – Mix white chocolate and peanut butter until blended.
2 – Drop spoonfuls of white chocolate mixture and semi-sweet chocolate alternately onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet; swirl gently with knife. Sprinkle with cranberries and nuts.
3 – Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces to serve.
Tip 1 – Size Wise: Balance your food choices throughout the day so you can enjoy a serving of this easy-to-make candy.
Tip 2 – Substitute: Prepare using PLANTERS Peanuts or Slivered Almonds. (Me: YES PLEASE!!!)
As always, click on over to My Food & Family for all the nutritional details of this recipe. Those of you who follow my author’s page over on that FB place know that I featured Nikos Constantine in Saturday’s post. Nikos is a dragon shifter and he and Sade Marquis, my favorite preternatural FBI agent, first meet and lock horns in New Orleans, I though I’d feature a favorite treat of his. Also, I’ve created a fictional candy shop down on Jackson Square. Aunt Sugar’s Chocolate Emporium, and it will be featured the next time Sade and the Scoobie Gang hits NOLA. Heck, maybe I’ll even get motivated and write a Christmas story set there. Anyway, if you enjoy Urban Fantasy with a wide variety of characters, you should give my Penumbra Papers series a look-see. Start with THAT OL’ BLACK MAGIC, which is the first book in the series and where Sade and Nikos first meet. It’s available from lots of on-line booksellers and if your library uses Hoopla, you can grab it there and read for free. Just click on either pic featuring the cover or the title and you’ll be whisked away by the magic of the internet to Books2Read where you can find the book’s link at your favorite store. Okay, readers. Tell me. Where’s your favorite Christmas destination and/or your favorite Christmas candy?