I love the latkes and doughnuts and delicious fried foods that Chanukah has to offer but it does seem that people who celebrate Christmas get all the chocolate. They’ve got chocolate advent calendars and the chocolate tree decorations, not to mention the selection packs and chocolate santas… It just isn’t fair!
Um, what about Chanukah gelt…?
OK, you’ve got me. We do have gelt.
Apparently in the good old days when our grandparents lived in grinding poverty they would get a coin as a present on Chanukah. These days, we get actual presents, and the coins have been turned into chocolates to preserve the tradition. Enjoy them in the comfort of your warm, secure, modern home.
Making it special
Nothing makes you feel special like being presented with a homemade gift, thoughtfully made and wrapped up beautifully just for you. With this in mind, I created a fabulously crispy, fruity, and festive Chanukah chocolate bark, lovingly topped with Chanukah-themed decorations.
Yes, OK, it’s decorated with Chanukah gelt! But I also added some white chocolate dreidels*, which look tricky but are surprisingly simple to make. Just make sure to cut the chocolate before it has fully set and you’ll see how easy they are. The dreidels can also be used to decorate other things, like cupcakes, biscuits, or maybe even a doughnut.
With dark, milk and white varieties, the chocolate bark was shaping up to be pretty sweet, so I added some dried cranberries with the crispy rice – their slightly tart flavour cuts the sweetness perfectly.
Enjoy this chocolate bark when the latkes get too much! And may your dreidel always come up gimmel!
*Dreidels are traditional four-sided spinning tops which we play with on Chanukah. Each of the four sides bears a hebrew letter, the first letters of the hebrew words “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” – meaning “a great miracle happened there”. (In Israel, the final letter is Pey as the sentence reads “a great miracle happened HERE.”)
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Crispy Chanukah Chocolate Bark
- 75 g white chocolate (2.5 oz)
- 5-6 pretzel or biscuit sticks
- 150 g dark chocolate (5 oz)
- 25 g dried cranberries (2 tbsp)
- 20 g crispy rice cereal (3/4 cup)
- 7-8 milk chocolate coins
Line two baking sheets with parchment or greaseproof paper.
Melt the white chocolate then spread into a thin layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It will set quite quickly. Use a knife to cut out driedel shapes, then ‘glue’ a pretzel stick handle onto each one using more melted chocolate. (I found the easiest way to make the shapes was to cut strips, then cut an X across the middle of each one to make the points of two driedels.) Make the dreidels in a range of sizes. Put in the fridge to set.
Now melt the dark chocolate. Stir in the cranberries and crispy rice till well combined. Spread the mixture onto the second parchment-lined baking sheet to form a rectangle approx 10 x 20cm or thereabouts.
Peel the foil off the chocolate coins. Arrange the coins and white chocolate driedels on the surface of the dark chocolate mixture and press down lightly.
Use a toothpick and a little melted dark chocolate to paint the hebrew letters onto the driedels.
Place the whole thing in the fridge to firm up. Once cold and set, admire, then break into chunks and enjoy!
I’m entering this delicious chocolate treat into this month’s Kosher Connection link-up, which is, unsurprisingly, on the theme of Chanukah. Do check out the other entries and don’t forget my other Chanukah recipes too – like these olive oil cupcakes & these delicious oven-fried potato latkes.