At one point I had three different boxes in my hand. I also love the fact that they come in boxes that you have to open to get to the fun wrapper inside. I peel that crinkling wrapping back with all the care of Charlie Bucket, I tell you.
I wound up putting them all back. I was like "this is crazy". Or maybe something more ghetto like "yo, bleep this bleep. I'm out." Oh yeah. I'm as ghetto as they come. I could not decide. And I wasn't going to drop a minimum of $7.50 on chocolate bars.
This has been my idea of dessert and sweets lately. I've been steering clear of cakes and brownies and cookies and pies. And indulging in scrumdiddlyumptious
Along the same lines of scrummy chocolate studded with goodies are goodies bathed in scrummy chocolate. Like these plump little nuggets of sunshine. They go swimming in a pool of lightly sweet dark chocolate. Then they take a roll in salty shards of nuttiness. As far as desserts go, I consider them virtuous.
What about you? Virtuous or not really...
Dark Chocolate-Dipped Apricots
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: less than 5 minutes
Keywords: snack dessert vegetarian soy-free apricots chocolate nuts
Ingredients (3 dozen)
- ½ c. dark or bittersweet chocolate chips (or equivalent chopped chocolate)
- 36 dried apricots
- ~¼ c. finely chopped SALTED pistachios
Line a baking tray with wax paper (or parchment).
Place the chocolate in a small glass bowl and microwave for about a minute. Stir with a heat-proof spatula. If not melted all the way, heat in 15 second intervals until smooth.
Dip the apricot (halfway to three-quarters of the way) into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle or gently dip one side into the chopped pistachios, then set on wax paper, nut side down; sprinkle pistachios on top. Repeat with all of the apricots.
If you like, slide the tray into the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so - the chocolate will harden quickly this way.
Once the chocolate has set, these can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
If you want a thicker coating of chocolate, slide into the fridge after the first dip (leaving off the nuts). Once hardened, dip into the chocolate another time and then finish as written. And yes, you will probably need more chocolate than listed if you do this.