Homemade chocolate pumpkin seed bark studded with ginger and apricots makes an elegant hostess gift or party favor for holiday get-togethers.
December is no ordinary month. For many of us it’s a series of weekends spent baking, nights spent celebrating and houses filled with family and friends. An abundance of special occasions fill the calendar during this time.
Cherished memories are made in the kitchen this time of year. Everyone remembers parties spent lazily sipping coffee or cocktails and catching up with one another while stirring, nibbling and cooking up a feast. We’ve waited all year for these precious moments; to have the time to talk and enjoy the season.
Chocolate pumpkin seed bark makes an elegant hostess gift or party favor for any holiday get-together. It’s simple to prepare and a healthy indulgence in a season if excess. Shards of decadent dark chocolate are topped with crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, shimmering bits of crystallized ginger, along with sweet, but tart dried apricots and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt. The salty, sweet combination is thoroughly addicting and the little zip from the ginger gives this bark just the right amount of heat. Filled with antioxidants, heart healthy fats and immune boosting properties, this deliciously rich treat is sure to be gratefully devoured by its recipients.
(I was thrilled to contribute this recipe to the Holiday 2011 issue of Simply the Sweet Life Magazine (pg.56-57). It’s a wonderful publication filled with great ideas for the holiday season, I hope you check it out.)