My neighbor Mary Michael found this recipe in Diane Sanfillipo's New York Times bestseller "Practical Paleo". Here is the recipe and Mary Michael's notes.
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup toasted nuts-- chopped into small pieces, if larger nuts (recipe calls for hazelnuts. I used macadamia nuts and thought it was a great choice).
4 pieces crisp bacon -- crumbled into small pieces
1 tsp. bacon grease
1/2 tsp. sea salt (smoked sea salt is called for, but I didn't have that)
You can melt chocolate in a double-boiler, but I didn't have one, so I used the microwave, which is also suggested. Put about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of chips in a microwave-safe bowl with the 1 tsp bacon grease. Coat the chips, and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to break down the chips, and then add increments of chips, about 1/8 to 1/4 cup at a time, microwaving for 10 to 15 seconds between each addition of chips, so that you can melt the chocolate without burning it. I stirred between each microwaving.
When chocolate is melted, pour mixture on parchment paper on a baking sheet. You want it thin, but not like paper.
Recipe says to add nuts and chopped bacon when mixture has somewhat cooled. I personally found it better to add bacon, nuts, and salt while the chocolate was still hot, so that the bacon/nuts would be firmly in place and wouldn't fall off.
Put it fridge and let cool (30 minutes?), and then break into pieces. I found one of these broke into enough pieces (12-14?) to make enough "goodie" bags for 2-3 people, depending on how much you want to give to each person.
My macadamia nuts came in halves, so I cut the halves into thirds, so they'd be smaller. Then I toasted them for about 7 minutes on 350 -- just until they were a nice, warm brown." Mary Michael
This is good chocolate. I love the flavor combination. Thank you Mary Michael for making it and sharing it with your neighbors. Glad I live next door.
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