When I realized I needed to go dairy free it didn’t take me long to understand that there would be no more “quick” chocolate fixes in my future. No more grabbing a chocolate bar at the grocery store or stopping by See’s Candies for a dark chocolate caramel or pecan log pieces when I felt the need to have a little sweet satisfaction. Unless of course I wanted to gnaw on a chunk of super dark chocolate, which isn’t quite what I was used to. Luckily, as time went by I was either introduced to dairy free chocolate choices from other people seeking the same thing, or through research online and searching the grocery store shelves was able to find some very tasty alternatives. I used Baker’s All Natural Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate Squares for this recipe. I also keep a 5lb. bag of Enjoy Life dairy free miniature chocolate chips in my pantry. Living with food allergies can be frustrating I know, but if you’re willing to have a little patience and do a little research, well…it pays off in a big way. I am gluten and dairy free but there are very few things that I have to go without. Life is much too short to live without chocolate.
Fruity Chocolates With Sea Salt
24 oz. (3 pkgs.) Baker’s All Natural Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate Squares
1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules
1/4 cup dried, wild blueberries
1/4 cup mixed dried berries, chopped (I used cherries, cranberries, and strawberries.)
1/4 cup gluten-free pretzels, lightly smashed
1/8 cup coarse sea salt
about 40 miniature candy paper cups
Measure out blueberries, chop mixed berries, crush pretzels, and unwrap chocolate squares.
Pour sea salt onto a small dish, place 40 candy wrappers on parchment paper.
Place chocolate squares in double broiler over medium-low heat. Add instant coffee granules.
Melt, stirring occasionally until smooth.
After chocolate is completely melted, slowly add the blueberries, chopped mixed berries, and pretzels, incorporating one at a time. Stir until completely combined and remove from heat.
With a teaspoon, carefully fill paper cups about 3/4 full. Stir the chocolate in the double broiler as you go so that you have an even amount of fruit and pretzels in each paper cup.
After the paper cups are filled, sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt. Allow to set.