When in doubt, eat chocolate.
I'm not a big chocolate lover, but every now and then I like to eat a nice piece of bitter dark chocolate. Even as a child, I favored cakes and cookies over lollipops and gum.
Early on, I knew how much people liked chocolate, so in the third grade with a four dollar loan from my Grandma, I bought a bag of mini chocolates to sell to my classmates. That's the best idea I ever had, well, until my teacher caught me, so I had to stop. But I doubled my earnings really fast, thanks in part to those sugary things.
Now, as an adult, I'm two weeks away from finishing an M.B.A. I never planned on it, it just happened. The business woman in my was always there, even at 7 years old.
Getting back to the recipe. Last wednesday I was grocery shopping with my Grandma when I saw a bag of mixed nuts. The ones that you see everywhere during the holidays. The plan was to make muffins, but it quickly turned into something much easier, like bark.
I'm serving these as dessert on Sunday for my first ever Tapas style party. It's actually only a four people gathering, but Tapas means that I have to prepare several dishes.
Sangría, Cream of Mushroom, Warm Bean Salad and Chocolate Bark are a few of the dishes that I'll be serving. Pictures and recipes coming on Monday, be sure to check back.
I don't think you need a recipe for Chocolate Bark, but here it is:
Ingredients12 ounces of Dark Chocolateabout 1/2 cup of Mixed Nuts (I used Almonds, Hazelnuts & Walnuts)1/4 cup Coconut Shavingsa few fresh Mint leaves
-Place the whole chocolate bar in a piece of wax paper. In the microwave, soften the chocolate, make sure it doesn't melt (about 50 seconds). Just soften it enough for the nuts and coconut can stick to it.-Once softened, sprinkle with half the coconut shavings, then the nuts, and the rest of the coconut. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened again. Eat it!