In preparation for Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with you these Easy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Sweet and Salty Chocolate Bites. These are a hit with my Sweetheart as well as with my two pint-sized loves.
I am a hopeless romantic. My husband, on the other hand? Well…he tries.
In about one month, I will have been married to the love of my life for eleven years.
For the first decade of our marriage we had a song. Well…I called it “Our Song”. My husband just nodded in absent-minded agreement whenever we heard it.
As we are getting ready to begin the next decade of our lives together, I thought it was time for a new song. I also thought I should let my husband know that, in fact, our song was changing. I figured I should keep him up to speed on matters such as these.
For the record, I did choose a song he loves by one of his favorite artists, Daniel Ho. My husband, an amazing surfer, by hobby (as some of you may remember from this post), loves the beachy feel of Daniel’s music.
So I wanted to let him know he could now refer to one of Daniel’s songs as “Our Song”. I was totally sure he would be ecstatic (I, of course, am being completely sarcastic).
Me: Honey, we have a new song.
Me: Do you want to hear it?
Him (as he continues to read his magazine, listening half-heartedly): Sure dear.
Fast forward to a few weeks later.
Said “New Song” comes through the speakers from my latest Feel-Good Playlist Mix.
Me (sarcastically, and with a hint of annoyance): Do you know what song this is? (completely certain that he did not have any idea what I was referring to)
Him (with a twinkle in his eye and his well-known smirk tugging on the corners of his lips): Absolutely Honey. This is “Our Song“ (as he grabs me, lifting me off of my feet, and planting a big kiss on my lips).
Okay. Maybe the movie-style kiss was the wishful-thinking part of my romantic self. But…he remembered. That, here, my friends, is the important part and all that really matters.
Now we have a new song.
I love this guy.
So, for your listening enjoyment, “Our Song” is below. You just may want to make it “Your Song” too.
You can listen to it while you are making these Gluten Free Dairy Free Sweet and Salty Chocolate Pretzel Bites for your Love this weekend. The time it takes to listen to the song is just about how long it takes to throw this super easy treat together.
“Our Song”: Cup of Joe by Daniel Ho
Easy Sweet and Salty Chocolate Bites:
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
- 6 oz Semi-Sweet or Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped (I used SunSpire Fair Trade Organic 65% Cacao Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar or you can use a Vegan chocolate such as Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 72%). **See Chocolate Note at bottom.
- 3/4 cup Dried Cherries (or dried cranberries)
- 1/2 cup Pistachios, shelled and coarsely chopped or Pecans, coarsely chopped (For Nut-Free: Use Pepitas or Sunflower Seeds)
- 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks, broken into halves or thirds (I used Glutino Pretzel Sticks)
1. Line baking sheet (that will fit in refrigerator) with parchment paper.
2. In small bowl, mix together dried cherries, pistachios (or Nut-Free alternative) and pretzel pieces. Stir to combine.
3. Place chocolate in medium heat-proof glass bowl and place bowl over pot of simmering water. Make sure bowl fits snugly on pot and that bottom of bowl does not touch water inside – just rests on lip of pot. Stir chocolate constantly with rubber spatula until melted, shiny and smooth. Do NOT allow any water to get into chocolate – chocolate will seize immediately!
Alternatively: you can melt chocolate in heat-proof microwave-safe bowl in microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat another 30-seconds, then stir. Continue in 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted, shiny and smooth.
4. Add pretzel and cherry mixture to melted chocolate and stir until all is coated evenly. Then place 1 heaping Tablespoonful of chocolate mixture onto prepared baking sheet lined with parchment. Shape each spoonful into a mound on sheet. Repeat with all remaining mixture.
5. Chill for 15 – 30 minutes before serving.
**For more information on Organic Dark Chocolate, see what Jenny, of Nourished Kitchen, has to say in a recent post about the Love of Organic Dark Chocolate.