Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mix It Up New Year's Eve with a Luxe, Chocolate Treat

Just in time for holdiay parties, I posted about Bellatrix Chocolates and owner Anya Wayne's amazing chocolate party mix. You can read about it here on Sugar Savvy. I think this luxe (and easy) party mix would complement New Year's gatherings as well. (I might even make a batch today to celebrate my birthday -- let them have cake, I'll have this mix!)

You can read all about Anya's suggestions for how to make this the best party mix treat ever over at Sugar Savvy. Here's the recipe to get you started.

Bellatrix’s Luxe Party Mix

4 ounces of high quality chocolate. Use large chocolate round or oval drops or “pallets” or chop bar chocolate into 1/4 to 1/2 inch chunks. (I used organic Dagoba 73 percent cacao content dark chocolate drops I found in the Whole Foods baking supply section.)

2.5 ounces of sultana raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots or figs. (I used dried cranberries.)

3.5 ounces of roasted almonds, walnuts or cashews or small cubes of crystallized ginger. You can use caramelized nuts, but since they can be sticky, mix them in later. (I used roasted pistachio nut meats.)

Scant 1/4 teaspoon nut (such as almond, walnut or hazelnut), neutral (such as canola) or the very best extra-virgin olive oil (The oil helps make the salt stick.)

1/4 teaspoon or to taste, finely ground sea salt. (I used my best fleur de sal, which worked perfectly)

In a mixing bowl, combine the first three ingredients (except if using caramelized nuts), drizzle the oil over the mix. Toss well until the ingredients show an even sheen. Sprinkle in the salt and toss again. If using caramelized nuts, add them now and stir gently until mixed through. Serve in a bowl worthy of such a mix. (Or maybe put in individual champagne or martini glasses around the room for that New Year's Eve effect.)

Update: All Sugar Savvy/Well Fed Network links are broken -- however you can see the referenced post courtesy of the Way Back Machine here.

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