Sunday, May 26, 2024

DIY Candied Sweet/Spicy Nuts & Maca Bark

HUMP dayyyyyy! And only a week (ish!) til Christmas!

This past weekend I got together with a couple girlfriends, and we made some holiday goodies that I could hand out to my accounts.

We did the same thing last year, and they were a huge hit … so we figured we would go for round 2! These nuts are super easy to make.

All they really involve is:
mixing some maple syrup and spices of choice into the nuts


baking them (375 degrees for roughly 15-20 mins, stirring every 5 mins)


cooling them


 and stuffing them in mason jars or whatever you’re serving them in!


This is the recipe we used, from a blog created by a couple good friends of mine (Morgan & Lorelle)

We also made Maca Bark. I did a really poor job taking pics of this before I ate it all. Mine didn’t even make it into bags/jars. 


Maca bark/chocolate bark is probably the easiest thing ever because there’s no real recipe you need to follow (for us anyway!) haha. First of all, we used Vega maca bars  because Lorelle was generous enough to supply us with it! They are a Vega product, so she had quite a bit of it at home (which is awesome, because it has tons of benefits and tastes delicious. See some of the benefits here)

Anyway … what do you do? 
If you’re a rule follower and need an exact recipe, check one out here (By my girl Bridgette)

If you’re like me, and have trouble following the EXACT instructions.. do it the way we did it~ 
>>chop 8-10 maca bars, depending how much bark you want
>> melt 2/3 of the bars on a double boiler or in the microwave — once melted, remove from heat and add in the last 3rd
     — stir the last 3rd of the chocolate into the already melted portion until it’s all melted. Doing it this way ensure it sets properly
>> Pour the chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a fairly thin layer 
>> Add whatever fixins you fancy (we did mixed nuts, cinnamon and a little cayenne for some kick! Also on one of the batches we      threw in some chopped peppermint patties and they were delightful!)
>> Put in the freezer ideally overnight, but honestly, these puppies will be ready within an hour if needed
>> break into pieces and serve
(Recommended to store in the freezer)


Like I said … I totally failed taking good pics of the maca bark… ate it way too quickly! haha

What’s your fave DIY snack around the holidays?!



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