I got the original version of this recipe from a copy cat cookbook, I did add a bit of Vanilla Bean paste & both Golden & regular raisins to mine, & I doubled the recipe so I would get 24 pieces instead of 12. I also added a few grains of Kosher Salt to the tops of each one to bring out the chocolate flavor & an M & M Valentine Candy on top for Valentines Day.
The recipe is easy & simple & only takes a few minutes to make. I was very pleased with the outcome of the recipe, & my husband really enjoyed my homemade version of the CHUNKY CANDY BARS. I used ice cube trays for the molds.
1Spray candy molds or ice cube trays lightly with non stick cooking spray. Wipe away any excess with paper towel. Set aside till needed. You can also use a flat pan instead of a mold if desired. Then cut into squares before candy hardens completely.
2These are most of the main ingredients used to make the candy.
3Add the chocolate almond bark and semisweet chocolate chip pieces to a large microwaveable bowl, and microwave until melted and can be mixed together. DO NOT OVER HEAT OR CANDY MAY SEIZE UP(THAT IS BURN, & IT WILL BE NO GOOD THEN)
4I did 2 minutes first then stirred to blend and then did an additional minute, until chocolate was completely melted. Stir until mixture is smooth. Chop peanuts roughly and combine with both golden & dark raisins, stir together till blended.
5Add the raisins and chopped nuts to the melted chocolate, & vanilla Bean paste or extract. then stir to blend.
6Divide the chocolate mixture evenly among the 24 molds using a medium size spoon. If desired sprinkle a few granules of kosher or sea salt over the top of candy while still wet. This enhances the flavor of the chocolate. Then top with a M & M candy if desired.
7Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate until candy hardens at least and hour or more. Remove from fridge, and invert tray upside down and release each candy bar, and place on serving tray.
8When you cut into the candy it is filled with lots of peanuts and both golden and dark raisins.