Robin’s Healthy Take: Chocolate Treats 3 Ways

by in Robin's Healthy Take, February 11, 2011
Robin's Easy Chocolate Treats

I don’t need an excuse like Valentine’s Day to eat chocolate — I eat it every day (hey, it’s good for your heart.) But I definitely use the holiday as an excuse to make sweet treats for the people I love and care about.

I saw a new ad campaign this year that said something like, ‘It’s not ‘I love you, it’s I love us.'” What a great message to send! There’s no better way to show someone special how you feel than by making candies from scratch. I’m not talking about labor-intensive sweets that require a candy thermometer, patience and little room for error. I mean chocolate treats that are super-simple to make and can be customized for anyone and everyone. Check out my three favorites: truffles, chocolate bark and white chocolate haystacks.

Valentine’s Day Chocolates, Three Ways
These recipes are super-simple and guaranteed to please a crowd. The truffles and bark are elegant enough to gift as gifts and the “haystacks” are great for kids (and they love to help make them.)

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Basic Method: Melt 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave, double boiler or bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; set aside. Beat together 8 ounces light cream cheese and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix in melted chocolate and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Shape the mixture into 36 balls; transfer balls to parchment or wax paper; set aside. Melt 12 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate; spear chocolate balls with a wooden pick or fork and immerse in melted chocolate. Return to parchment; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Variations: After you dip the balls in chocolate, you can roll them in any topping you want — chopped almonds or peanuts, colored sprinkles and cocoa powder make great choices.

White Chocolate Bark with Pretzels and Almonds

Basic Method: Melt 18 ounces white chocolate in the microwave, double boiler or bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; fold in 3 cups broken pretzel pieces and 2 cups slivered or coarsely chopped almonds; pour mixture onto parchment or wax paper; spread out to 1/2-inch thickness; cool until hard (refrigerate to speed cooling if desired). Break into pieces.

Variations: The bark can be made countless ways — I adore pretzels and almonds, but you can use a variety of nuts and leave the pretzels out, or leave the nuts out and just use pretzels! I also like tons of “stuff” in my bark, so if you like less, use 2 cups of pretzels and 1 cup of almonds.

Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Haystacks:

Basic Method: Melt 6 ounces milk chocolate in the microwave, double boiler or bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat, stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter.  Fold in 1 cup chocolate puffed rice cereal and 1 cup chow mein noodles. Drop 18 mounds of mixture onto parchment or wax paper; chill until firm.

Variations: I make these with milk chocolate, but you can also make them with semi-sweet chocolate.

TELL US: What Valentine’s Day treats are you making?

Robin Miller is a nutritionist, host of Quick Fix Meals, author of “Robin Rescues Dinner” and the busy mom of two active little boys. Her boys and great food are her passion. Check her out at www.robinrescuesdinner.com.

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Comments (2,336)

  1. Grace says:

    I do a white chocolate drops with dried cranberries and slivered, blanched almonds and a drop of orange extract. Dropped by teaspoonfulls onto parchment paper, they are so pretty with the color of the cranberries showing through.

  2. Kristin says:

    Thanks for this. I was trying to find something easy to make. I was making peanut butter candy for everyone at my husband's job….they love that stuff. But I think I will the haystack too : )

  3. joann says:

    I make dark chocolate bark with salty mixed nuts, dried cranberries, raisins, white choco. chips, and mini marshmellows

  4. SusieBeeonMaui says:

    Chocolate dipped strawberries and Chocolate Chunk Cake:
    http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2011/02/recip

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  6. Andrea says:

    I'm making chocolate covered almond stuffed dates. 3 ingredients and so easy!

  7. feastonthecheap says:

    I'm making Chocolate Ice Cream Cups they're so incredibly easy it's hard to think of them as a special treat, but they're also sooo good. I'm also seriously considering Chocolate Pretzels as a pre-dessert snack. I'm doing my part to support the dental industry!

  8. Tina says:

    I make white chocolate clusters mixed with peanuts, broken pretzels sticks and captain crunch cereal. They are delicious.

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