Dark chocolate bars & buttons

These delightful morsels are super simple to make and can be completely customised to your taste preferences.

Plus, they’ve got some added gut health benefits from the fibre of nuts, seeds, freeze dried/dehydrated fruit and grains!

I also think these make perfect  gifts for family and friends. 

What you'll need

Makes 10x25cm rectangle, or 6-12 bars or buttons

1.5 cups good quality dark chocolate – think Lindt or the like
1-2 cups of your favourite nibbles. Think nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits etc

My favourite flavour combinations:

  • Peanuts, peanut butter, popcorn and shredded coconut
  • Pistachios, freeze dried strawberries and rose petals
  • Slivered almonds, dehydrated orange slices and shredded coconut
  • Peanut butter, roasted hazelnuts and popcorn
  • Dried cranberries, pistachios and slivered almonds

You could also add candy, cookies, nut/seed butters, pretzels etc

How to make them

Line a baking tray with baking paper and set to the side.

Using the double boiler method, or a microwave-safe bowl, melt your chocolate. Stir every 30 seconds until melted. 

Pour your chocolate onto the baking tray and, using a butter knife or palette knife, spread your chocolate into a rectangle that measures approx 10x25cm. You want the chocolate to be 1-2cm thick. You could also make into buttons – spooning approx 1 tbls melted chocolate and swirling with the back of a spoon into circle shapes

Working quickly while the chocolate is still melted, arrange your toppings in any combination you like! For the bar shapes, I like to go wild and add as much as I can. For the buttons, I might only add toppings to one side. This is completely up to you how many toppings you’d like! For larger toppings, like popcorn, fruit and larger pieces of nuts, you may need to press lightly down into the chocolate. 

Once topped, freeze your chocolate for 20-30mins, or until ready to serve. You can serve as is, or run a sharp knife under boiling water, and cut through your rectangle to make smaller rectangles or squares. 

Dark chocolate buttons