A few years ago I was watching a Nigella cooking show and she made these sweet and salty chocolate bars with salted peanuts, melted chocolate, and smashed up Crunchie bars. I know, right? Some time later it was Christmas time and we did not have a lot of money to buy everyone gifts so I decided I would make little goodie bags instead. I filled each bag with homemade sugar cookies, honey cinnamon butter, and these crunchy bars. I tied an ornament to the bag and called it a day. We gave bags to our neighbours, friends, and relatives. Every single person commented on the crunchy bars. They are to die for and super easy. Here is the original recipe.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/sweet-and-salty-crunchy-nut-bars-recipe/index.html Sorry my link tab is not working at the moment!
I made it to the letter the first time I made these, but over the years I just kinda wing it now. You really can’t go wrong!
Here are the ingredients you need. I have made it with expensive chocolate, and the cheap stuff. It kind of all ends up tasting the same so just use what you would like. Special occasions I use the good stuff, random Sunday’s in April I use the cheap stuff! Just make sure you use salted peanuts. Trust the salted peanuts.
Adjust the recipe based on how much you would like to make. 3 chocolate bars (300g total), 4 Crunchie bars, and a handfull of peanuts gives me 25 bars.
Start by breaking up your chocolate then add a heaped tablespoon of butter. I have added a splash of cream before too when I had run out of butter. Fool proof. Then we put our Crunchie bars in a freezer bag and I give the girls a pot to smash it all up. I melted my chocolate in the microwave for 30 sec, stir, 30 sec, and so on until it was melted. Dump in the smashed Crunchie bars and peanuts.
Stir it up! Line a baking tray with baking paper and dump your chocolate heaven mixture out. If you are quick with the mixing it will still be runny and melted. If you have children ‘helping’ then it will have started to set. Cause everyone needs to mix forever of course. Either way it is fine just smoosh it all out in the rough shape of a rectangle and pop it in the fridge!
Let it chill until set then cut it into bars. I put ours into a freezer bag and in the fridge. I recommend keeping them in the fridge. The chocolate becomes almost fudge like, the sweet honeycomb from the Crunchie bars melts when it hits your tongue and the salted peanuts intensify the chocolate flavor making these bars addictive. They are amazing. Make them. Less than 24 hours after making ours we have 6 left. You have been warned.