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Christmas Crack

As demonstrated in the “Crunchy Christmas” episode of Live It – December 2021

Watch the episode here.

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  • 12 oz good quality chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pepitas or pistachios
  • ¼ cup candied ginger, chopped if large pieces
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries or cherries


  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop in a double boiler. For the microwave method, microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted. For the double boiler method, you will need a small sauce pan with a little water in the bottom and a heat-proof bowl to rest over the top of the sauce pan. Heat the water in the pan until gently simmering. Place the chocolate in the heat-proof bowl and set it over the sauce pan. Heat and stir until the chocolate is melted. Be careful not to over-heat the chocolate or get water in the chocolate—both would result in clumpy chocolate.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the center of the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula to evenly spread the chocolate into a layer ¼” thick.
  4. Sprinkle nuts/seeds, ginger and dried fruit over the melted chocolate. Lightly press the toppings into the chocolate. Let rest at room temperature 2–4 hours or until completely hardened.
  5. Once hardened, use your hand to break into portioned pieces. Serve immediately or cover and store at room temperature for about a week.

Note: Make your own version using your favorite toasted nuts, seeds and dried fruits! This makes a great homemade holiday gift! 

Nutrition Facts

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