Chunky and all grown up

January 8, 2010

Chunky Bars

It’s Friday! We’ve made it through the first week of 2010 with flying colors! This calls for a celebration. And what’s a party without a little chocolate? Besides, I thought it was high time for an indulgence, so I give you my take on Chunky bars, all grown up. As a kid I loved Nestle’s Chunky bars, even though I was usually a solid-chocolate-with-no-added-frills kinda girl. But the combo of milk chocolate, peanuts and raisins pretty much rocked. This version is a bit more mature, and richer. A small square satisfies even the most unrelenting sweet tooth (aka mine).

Chunky Bars

(Adapted from Gourmet)
  • 1 1/4 pounds good quality bittersweet chocolate (60% cocoa), broken into pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups dried cherries
  • 1 1/3 cups salted roasted shelled pistachios

Line an 8×8 inch square baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang.

Melt chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (or double boiler), stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove chocolate from heat and stir in cherries and pistachios, then spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.

Lift candy in foil out of the pan using overhang and transfer to a cutting board. Peel away foil liner. Let chocolate come to room temperature before cutting (which will make for cleaner cuts), then divide into 1-inch squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 5 dozen.

  1. Cathy Lamanna

    January 8, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I love the main photo here with the 3 “chunks”. I love looking at food photography (both still and video)–you are doing a great job!!!

  2. Laura

    January 8, 2010 at 11:48 am


  3. Kristin

    January 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm


    Hey, it’s Kristin, Ken and Anne’s friend who you met in KC this weekend. Karen showed me your website and I am quite impressed. It’s exactly the kind of thing I will read regularly! Your pictures are gorgeous and I love your entries, complete with recipes (I am an avid collector of random recipes).

    I hope you and Kyle made it back home safely (and a few pounds heavier after your parade of KC eateries). It was great to meet you two!


  4. chocolate shavings

    January 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I love the look of those treats, and your photo is just beautiful!

  5. Laura

    January 21, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Yum — these look amazing!!

  6. Megan

    April 30, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I just wanted to say I love your blog! I am a new blogger but I love your philosophy on food, mine is very much the same, balancing sweets with good fresh food. I made these chunky bars with a friend and they were a hit! Thank you for the recipe :)

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