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Cranberry Coconut Pistachio Chocolate Bars

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One thing that I’ve never done before is make my own homemade chocolate bars. Why? I just never realized I could. I recently finished up a Craftsy course called Homemade Chocolate Candy where I learned how to make fudge, marshmallows, caramels and yes, chocolate bars. They are super easy to make and customize to make your own.

I created this mouthwatering Cranberry Coconut Pistachio Chocolate Bars recipe with the holidays in mind. My thought process was to add red (cranberries), white (coconut) and green (pistachios) ingredients to give it a festive flair. They turned out perfectly!

Cranberry Coconut Pistachio Chocolate Bars - Rich and festive homemade chocolate bars perfect for holiday gift giving!

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Cranberry Coconut Pistachio Chocolate Bars

Rich and festive homemade chocolate bars perfect for holiday gift giving!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Add candy melts to a large microwavable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.
  2. Stir in pistachios, dried cranberries and coconut. Spoon into silicone chocolate bar molds. Smooth the top with an offset spatula. Let harden at room temperature for 1 hour. Gently push on the mold to release the chocolate bars.

Cranberry Coconut Pistachio Chocolate Bars - Rich and festive homemade chocolate bars perfect for holiday gift giving!

I used Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts to make the process even easier. You aren’t required to temper the chocolate when you use candy melts according to our Craftsy instructor.

As for the chocolate bar molds, I bought a few on Amazon. I MUCH prefer the silicone chocolate bar molds because they are SOOOOO much easier to remove. I tried the polycarbonate chocolate bar molds and didn’t like them. I might have been using it wrong, but I had so much trouble getting my chocolate bars to release in one piece. So I’m sticking with the tried-and-true silicone molds. I use them all the time in my DIY soap recipes.

Homemade chocolate bars also make a wonderful edible holiday gift. Wrap some up for gift giving to share with your family and friends.

Have you ever made your own chocolate bars?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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