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Ella here! I am so excited to be talking to you today about my all-time favorite treat, chocolate! These homemade chocolate bars are super delicious and could not be easier to make. Now that I know how to make them I make them all the time for my mom. Today we are bringing you my mom’s favorite homemade chocolate bar with dried cherries, raw almonds, and finishing sea salt!

My favorite chocolate bar has marshmallows and raw almonds. What is your favorite? Let us know! We know you are going to love these homemade chocolate bars because they are easy to make and you can really put whatever sounds good to you in your chocolate bar. Each piece is only 50 calories and if you are following WW they are two points on all plans. Each bar makes 8 pieces.

How To Make Homemade Chocolate Bars

Ingredients for the Homemade Chocolate Bars

Start by chopping the almonds and cherries into small pieces. Then, finely chop the chocolate bar so it melts quickly and evenly.

After that, fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring it to a boil on the stove. Then, put a heat-resistant bowl on top of the saucepan with boiling water and reduce it to a simmer. Pour the chopped chocolate into the heat-resistant bowl and mix. Mix the chocolate the entire time so it doesn’t burn. Also, make sure not to get any water in the chocolate because that would cause it to seize. Remove the bowl from the stove when there are a few chunks of chocolate left so you don’t burn the chocolate.

Put the bowl on a towel to absorb any moisture. Then, finish stirring the chocolate in the bowl. After that, add the chopped cherries and almonds to the bowl and thoroughly mix them with the chocolate. Put a piece of parchment paper on top of a sheet pan. Then, pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper. Make sure to get all of the delicious chocolate out of the bowl and on the parchment paper. Then, spread out and flatten the chocolate on the parchment paper with a spatula. Optional: Add some finishing sea salt to the chocolate bar. It is a great addition if you like sea salt!

Let the chocolate cool on the parchment paper for an hour at room temperature. Or, place it on parchment paper in a sealed container and put it in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes. Also, you could put the melted chocolate in the freezer for 5-10 minutes if you want it to harden quickly. Once the chocolate is hardened, take it off the parchment paper and cut it into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

A Few Notes & Tips

Which Chocolate is the Best for Melting?

I find that high-quality chocolate bars are the best for melting. I have had great success with the Ghirardelli melting wafers and Trader Joe’s chocolate bars. If you want a sugar-free chocolate option, Lily’s chocolate bars work perfectly as well. Additionally, keep in mind that dark chocolate takes a little longer to melt than white chocolate. 

How to Melt the Chocolate in the Microwave for these Homemade Chocolate Bars

I like to use Ghirardelli chocolate melting wafers on the stovetop or in the microwave. To melt them in the microwave, take 20 melting wafers and heat them in a microwave-safe container at ½ the power or the defrost setting for 30 seconds. Then, take them out of the microwave and be careful because the chocolates may be hot. The chocolate wafers should be partially melted but not all the way melted. Stir thoroughly until all of the wafers are melted. If they’re not completely melted after stirring, microwave them for an additional 15 seconds and continue to stir them until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. However, you want to make sure you don’t overcook the chocolate, and the best way to do that is to take it out after 30 seconds and stir it first.

Don’t Get any Water in These Homemade Chocolate Bars

It is important to note that if any water gets into your chocolate when melting it, the chocolate will seize up! So, be mindful when taking the bowl off the heat. I like to place the bowl on a kitchen towel because there will be moisture from the water stuck to the bottom of the bowl.

Why Chop the Cherries and Almonds?

Chopping the cherries and almonds ensures that you get a piece of almond and cherry in every bite. Also, you don’t have to use as many cherries and almonds because chopping them up disperses the flavor throughout the chocolate.

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How To Make Homemade Chocolate Bars

5.0 from 1 vote
Recipe by Shawna Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

50

kcal

These homemade chocolate bars are super delicious and could not be easier to make. Today we are bringing you a homemade chocolate bar with dried cherries, raw almonds, and finishing sea salt!

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Ingredients

  • 1.75 oz chocolate bar

  • 1/2 oz dried cherries (about 11-13 cherries)

  • 1/2 oz raw almonds (about 14-15 raw almonds)

Directions

  • Start by chopping the almonds and cherries into small pieces. Then, finely chop the chocolate bar so it melts quickly and evenly.
  • Fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring it to a boil on the stove. Then, put a heat-resistant bowl on top of the saucepan with boiling water and reduce it to a simmer.
  • Pour the chopped chocolate into the heat-resistant bowl and mix. Mix the chocolate the entire time so it doesn’t burn. Also, make sure not to get any water in the chocolate because that would cause it to seize. Remove the bowl from the stove when there are a few chunks of chocolate left so you don’t burn the chocolate.
  • Put the bowl on a towel to absorb any moisture. Then, finish stirring the chocolate in the bowl. After that, add the chopped cherries and almonds to the bowl and thoroughly mix them with the chocolate.
  • Put a piece of parchment paper on top of a sheet pan. Then, pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper. Make sure to get all of the delicious chocolate out of the bowl and on the parchment paper. Spread out and flatten the chocolate on the parchment paper with a spatula. Optional: Add some finishing sea salt to the chocolate bar. It is a great addition if you like sea salt!
  • Let the chocolate cool on the parchment paper for an hour at room temperature. Or, place it on parchment paper in a sealed container and put it in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes. Also, you could put the melted chocolate in the freezer for 5-10 minutes if you want it to harden quickly. Once the chocolate is hardened, take it off the parchment paper and cut it into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • The WW points are per serving and this recipe makes 8 servings.
  • WW Points™: 2 points
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  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories50
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2.8g 4%
    • Saturated Fat 1.4g 5%
  • Cholesterol 1mg 1%
  • Sodium 6mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 5.5g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.6g 0%
    • Sugars 4.5g
  • Protein 0.9g 0%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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