Hatch Chile Chocolate Bark

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Hatch Chile Chocolate Bark

Here in the south we have this magical time in August where there are mounds and mounds of hatch chiles! This may actually be my favorite time of the year and I stock up on them to last me through the year (they actually only make it 2 months before I eat them all.). Hatch Chiles have been cultivated to produce a fleshy body and pungent taste similar to an onion or garlic with a slight spice and smokiness. These chilies are ideal for canning or pickling. I also love to mix local produce and create jams and sweets with them as well. They also make a mean margarita!

 Pro Tip: When cooking with chiles, it is always smart to taste a small piece before adding it to a recipe to regulate how spicy the chile is. Chiles vary in spiciness through the season and how they are cultivated.


1 Cup Dried Cherries

1 or 2 mild hatch chiles


1/2 Cup Pecans

1/2 Cup Marcona Almonds

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

24 Oz bags Dark Chocolate pieces

2 tablespoons mild Olive Oil

sea salt flakes

either in an oven or a skillet lightly toast the seeds and nuts until fragrant, about 5-10 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. in a bowl add the toasted nuts and the dried cherries. Dice the chile into small bits and remove all seeds. Add the chile to the nut mixture. Give this a toss and spread evenly on the parchment paper. In a large microwave safe bowl add the 24 oz of chocolate. Microwave in increments of 30 second and stir after each time. Once the chocolate is melted add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and quickly stir it in to combine. Pour this over the nuts. Give the cookie sheet a few slams on the counter to evenly spread the chocolate. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt over the top and freeze until hard, about 2 hours.

 

Feel free to mix up the dried fruit or nuts to a combination you enjoy. Try Mango instead of cherries!

 

Pack this sweet treat for an afternoon snack between meals. The sugar and heat will give you a nice pick-me-up to combat that mid-day lull and the protein from the nuts will give you a little sustained energy.

 

Eat, Enjoy, INDULGE!

 

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