Salty chocolate treats? Hell yes! It may sound odd at first, but sweet and creamy chocolate is just perfect for combining with salty ingredients. A few of the ‘expensive’ chocolate brands do even sell chocolate bars topped with coarse salt or other hearty toppings – though for a rather budget-unfriendly price. You can however make the most delicious salty and crunchy chocolate treats all by yourself – with the magic ingredient ‘pretzels’. (You can also use pretzel sticks, though the round shape works better in my opinion.) They are the perfect mixture of salty and crunchy, and are pretty much fat-free which makes it easy to mix them with other ingredients. I made two versions of chocolate treats, one with white chocolate and dried cranberries, and one with dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Both balance their flavours pretty nicely: sourly cranberries meet sweet white chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate meets savoury pumpkin seeds – truly delicious! Feel free to use whatever kind of chocolate you like, be it vegan rice milk-based chocolate or dairy-based chocolate – whatever you prefer. You can also try to use different dried fruits or seeds, the two versions presented here are merely suggestions!
You need for white chocolate bites:
- 125 g pretzels
- 200 g white chocolate
- 50 g dried cranberries
You need for dark chocolate bites:
- 125 g pretzels
- 200 g dark chocolate
- 50 g pumpkin seeds
Melt white or dark chocolate in the microwave, in the oven or place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place over a pot with boiling water until the chocolate has melted. Stir well to make sure there are no lumps of unmelted chocolate left. Meanwhile, place pretzels in a big plastic bag and seal with a clip. Use a rolling pin to crunch the pretzels into smaller pieces. Stir pretzels and dried cranberries / pumpkin seeds into the melted chocolate and mix well – the pretzels and berries /seeds should be thoroughly mixed and coated with dark or white chocolate respectively. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With a teaspoon, place small amounts of the mixture on the sheet – I usually take one heaped teaspoon per chocolate treat. Place the baking tray in a cool place and allow chocolate to set. Store the chocolate bites in an airtight container (preferably in the fridge, or at least in a cool place) and enjoy whenever you need a sweet and salty treat!
Note: Short of a present for the holidays? Just take a nice jar, decorate it with masking tape or spray glitter and fill it with your favourite self-made chocolate treats.