Chocolate Pucks: a food trifecta

When planning the kids weekly school snacks (done much like I do our monthly menu), I always like to have one snack that seems more of a treat. Right now our “treat” snack is something we have dubbed Chocolate Pucks.

Easily to customize, Chocolate Pucks are hard to make incorrectly. They are essentially solid trail mix (expect a post on the Glories of Trail Mix, once I figure out how to create a decent table with WordPress). Besides being quick and easy to make, these snacks are also nice because a batch can last a few weeks in the fridge, if needed. For my money, easy, quick and lasts are a great trifecta when it comes to making anything!

Much like Trail Mix, Chocolate Pucks do not have a recipe as much as a loose formula. We make ours using approximately (these amounts make about 12):

1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup nuts or seeds
1 cup dried fruit, cut up into bits if necessary
1 cup cereal, or additional nuts, seeds or fruit
1/4 to 1/2 cup add-ins (ground coffee, cacao nibs, flax, chia seeds, etc.) – optional

Melt the chocolate chips – I prefer a large bowl set over a pan of water as a double boiler. When melted, take off the heat, dump everything else in and stir, stir, stir until the chocolate is thoroughly distributed. Spoon into silicone muffin cups, or glop individual servings on a lined pan. Refrigerate until hardened. Store, covered, on the counter or in the refrigerator.

I love the muffin pan in the back so much that I still use it, even though it is slowly falling apart. Oneida, please bring these back!!!

That is it! Once hardened, pop them into a covered container, and you have to grab quick for whatever, whenever. Just don’t keep them out too long in a warm environment…speaking from experience.

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