Every year during December my mom and I would dedicate a whole Saturday to making Christmas goodies. We would make cookies and candy, then assemble them into little gift packages for friends. Every year we would make Chocolate Chip Meringues, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter drop cookies, and this Apricot Bark. The chocolate chip meringues were my favorite growing up. I loved the crunch as you bite into them, then feeling them dissolve on your tongue. Now that I’m a little older, I appreciate the apricot bark so much more. Dark chocolate, almonds, and apricots are all nutrient dense ingredients. A small piece of apricot bark will satisfy your craving for something sweet while not filling you up with energy empty calories. As we are bombarded with holiday parties and tasty treats, this is the plate to reach for to stay holiday healthy.
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Apricot bark is very simple to make. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave. Be very careful not to over cook the chocolate! If you are unsure of how to best melt chocolate, check out this wikihow article. It details it out, with pictures! When chocolate is soft, use a spatula to spread it over a foil covered cookie sheet. Get it as even as possible. Sprinkle toasted almonds and diced apricots over the chocolate while it is still warm. Gently press them down into the chocolate if needed. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Lightly drizzle on top of the bark to “seal” in the apricot and almond pieces. Allow to set in the refrigerator overnight. Gently lift the aluminum foil up by the corners to break the bark into pieces. Then simply package into cute little bags! Apricot Bark | www.sweetteasweetie.com
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These were the two little gifts that I passed out this year. The Vodka Cranberries are so pretty and festive. Plus, how adorable are those little penguin cupcake bags??? Vodka Cranberries and Apricot Bark Gift Ideas | www.sweetteasweetie.com

This gorgeous red platter is going next to the fireplace because I’m setting out Apricot Bark for Santa this year. Cookies are good, but I’ll bet Santa could use some Vitamin C packed apricots this year!
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Apricot Bark Candy

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce bag of chocolate chips (dark or semi sweet)
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Lightly toast slivered almonds until they have a golden color to them.
  2. Chop each dried apricot into 4 pieces.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave.
  4. Spread melted chocolate over a foil covered cookie sheet.
  5. Sprinkle toasted almonds and diced apricots over the chocolate while it is still warm.
  6. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
  7. Lightly drizzle on top of the bark to "seal" in the apricot and almond pieces.
  8. Set in the refrigerator overnight.
  9. Break bark into pieces and serve!
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What are your “stay healthy” tricks this year?

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