12.07.2013

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Chewy Bars

 

If you have chocolate cravings and love the cool refreshing taste of peppermint in a chewy chocolate bar then this treat is for you! Dark Chocolate Peppermint Chewy Bars are simply magic bars with a twist! We made these with some of our favorite chocolate candies including the Andre Crème de Menthe chocolates, toffee bars, walnuts, raisins, coconut, and dark chocolate.

 
We love dark chocolate anytime, it's our favorite "go-to" candy when we need to satisfy our sweet tooth, especially after dinner when we get those cravings.  Hands down, these chewy bars are sweet enough to satisfy those cravings. A real crowd pleaser!

They have a nutty crunch and a mild peppermint flavor, making them not only delicious but also refreshing.  They're so yummy, its the first thing that disappears as soon as it hits the table.  We know you'll love them!
 
 
So this weekend, we started our baking for Christmas. Every year we have to freeze most of our baked goods in order to hide them (just to keep them from disappearing) before Christmas arrives.

These dark chocolate bars are fun and easy to make, bake and freeze.  They are always a huge hit at every party.  I made a batch the other day and they disappeared in a few hours.  Of course, I had to make another batch again; realizing I needed to get them into the freezer sooner.

 
The walnuts, raisins and coconut are infused over a layer of condensed milk, which gives the chewy texture to the bars, then we added another layer of dark chocolate on top to melt and cover the entire surface.  The dark chocolate gives some antioxidants, while the walnuts offer some omega 3's.  When cut into pieces, they resemble little chocolate bars.  So sinfully good, with a subtle clean fresh taste of mint makes these dark chocolate peppermint chewy bars perfect to serve for Christmas!   
 
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 Dark Chocolate Peppermint Chewy Bars
 
  • 1 + 1/4 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 Tbsp. (1/4 lb. or 1 stick) sweet butter
  • 1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 ounces Andes Crème de Menthe chocolates - chopped
  • ( or 1/2 package of Andes crème chips)
  • 2 Hersey's milk or dark chocolate bars - chopped
  • 1 Toffee chocolate bar - chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup shredded organic coconut
  • 1 cup walnuts - chopped, divided
  • 2 cups bittersweet or semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • 13 x 9 Baking Pan

Melt butter and pour into a 13" x 9" Baking pan.
Scatter the graham crumbs over the melted butter evenly.
Pour condensed milk over the crumbs.

Scatter on top with Andes crème chocolates, chocolate bar pieces, toffee pieces, raisins, shredded coconut and 1/2 cup of walnuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.
Remove pan from oven. 
Immediately scatter 2 cups dark mini chocolate chips on top. 
Return to oven and bake for additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until the chips turn shiny.
Remove from the oven again. Turn off oven.

Using the back of a spoon and spread the melted chocolate over the entire surface.
Sprinkle the remaining walnuts on top.

Leave pan on your counter to cool completely before cutting for a few hours.
To speed up the cooling process, place the pan into your refrigerate for 2 hours, or freezer for 1 hour.
Using a very sharp blade to cut the chocolate into bite size bars.
Cut into squares or on a diagonal.
Best if they are kept in an air-tight container, refrigerated or freeze up to 2 weeks.

Yields: 30 to 40 mini candy bars



  
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12 comments:

  1. That looks like a dessert my aunt used to make and I can never find the recipe for. I loved it too- this looks like it might be it.I can't wait to try it and surprise my mom with it over christmas

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  2. These are loaded with great ingredients! I remember eating something similar as a little girl.

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  3. I would not be safe with these around! LOVE milk chocolate and what a wonderful use of it!
    Mary x

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  4. I'm an andes candies addict.....These are great!!

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  5. Just perusing the list of ingredients makes me hungry. These look really good and no wonder you have to hide them!

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    1. HI Maureen and welcome to 2sistersrecipes! Its so nice to meet you, and thank you for leaving a lovely comment.

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  6. This sounds like the most fantastic flavor combination ever!

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    1. Thanks! These bars are so addicting! You have to try them!

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  7. Another fun version of magic cookie bars. Perfect for the season!

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    1. Thanks Abbe, we make so many variations of these bars, so much fun!

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  8. Hi there, thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us. I like it very much. I like cooking and making new recipe and also like to share mine you. Your recipe of making chocolate bars are delicious. How much the quantity of dry fruits will be used in bars? Could we buy the chocolate bars from the store http://www.chocholik.com/shop/collection/bars/ or make it at home? I think making it at home will be more delicious and fresh.

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  9. Thank you for leaving a lovely comment! We're glad you like the recipe!

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