I'm happy to say, I've slowly converted him to the dark side! I made a version of this harvest bark last week and you'd think I'd spent hours on a triple layer cake for how much he raved about it. I sheepishly admitted that it's probably one of the easiest desserts every to make...he only got more excited! Guess that means I'll be adding this bark to my list of easy, quick yummy desserts for days when we just need a little chocolate pick-me-up. Let's ignore the fact that I'd take a chocolate pick-me-up everyday...
1 1/3 cup dark chocolate
1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pumpkin seads
Sprinkle of sea salt
Raid the pantry - you'll need dark chocolate, puffed rice cereal, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and sea salt. Frugalish note: stock up on chocolate chips from Oct-Dec when they're on sale. Ideally, $2 or less. Take advantage of bulk bins for things like pumpkin seeds (if you're grocery store has them) - they tend to be cheaper and you only need to purchase what you need. Oh and I buy my dried fruit in bulk at BJs.
Toast the pumpkin seeds at 300 degrees for about 17 minutes or until they begin to turn golden and they smell toasted.
Melt the chocolate over a double broiler.
Mix rice cereal into melted chocolate.
Working relatively quickly spread the chocolate/cereal mixture out on parchment covered baking sheet.
While chocolate is still melted, spread pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. Press them in a little to make sure they stick in the melted chocolate.
Chill until it's set, break (or cut), and chow! Store in air tight containers in the fridge for handy snacking.
Did I mention it's sort-of-kind-of healthy for you? No guilt! That means you can eat double, right??!? Want more chocolate bark ideas? Try PW's Halloween Bark. Or just google chocolate bark - the topping possibilities are endless!