When I first saw these little treats, I thought “How adorable!” and immediately added them to my “to make for the holidays” list. And then I went out in search of star-shaped mold, like I had seen these done in. No such luck, my friends. And nothing else Christmas-y, either. But then I thought…does the shape of these treats really matter all that much? I don’t think so. So, I found a silicone mold with square shapes and my mind began to wander to all of the other goodies I could make in that mold as well. Done deal…I headed to the checkout. I will say that if you can find or use a silicone mold, it will likely make the removal process much easier. This was the first time I used silicone-anything, and now I’m hooked!
The beauty of these little bites, besides the fact that it takes all of 10 minutes to prepare, is their versatility. You can use whatever mold shape you want, and any fillings, too!! Peanuts, Pistachios, Toffee Bits…whatever your heart desires, you can put in these. You can use chocolate instead of vanilla if you prefer! These are delicious, but I will warn you…they may be small, but they pack quite a bit of richness. This is why I say in the instructions below to only fill your mold halfway, or less! Whatever bark and fillings you choose, these are sure to be a popular treat at your holiday party or gathering, and if you keep the ingredients on hand, an easy throw-together treat if you need something last minute!
Brenda of Meal Planning Magic created this lovely blog hop a few years back…to help our readers (and ourselves!) with ideas, planning, and pre-preparation for the upcoming holidays. There is even a page on Pinterest where all the goodies of new and old can be seen! If you are interested in joining in on the blogging fun, visit Brenda’s blog for information on how.
- 12 oz Vanilla Almond Bark
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
- Mix the toppings together in a small bowl.
- Melt the almond bark according to the package instructions, until just melted.
- For easy pouring, transfer melted bark to a squeeze bottle.
- Squeeze into your choice of candy mold, filling half-way, or less. Sprinkle the toppings on and press down gently, to make sure they are secure in the chocolate.
- Drizzle a little more of the melted bark on top and set in the fridge to firm up, about 30 minutes.
- Once firm, flip your mold over and tap or push them out.