The low whisper keeps repeating itself. “I’ll make your day so much better” it says. It follows along no matter where you go. You try to leave the house and it comes with you. You try to drown it with water. It swims back to the surface. The constant nagging only increases the craving. There is nothing to do except give in and take a big bite. Resistance is futile. Chocolate is very persistent. Stop the whisper and indulge with chunky dark chocolate bars.
I have a chocolate tooth. Some people say they have a sweet tooth. My mom is one of them. She won’t pass up a sweet treat or dessert for anything. I can occasionally pass on a sweet however it is very rare I’ll pass on chocolate. The only chocolates I could do without are salted ones (because I all taste is salt in those) and a few others including chocolate covered cherries. I can’t just take one bite of chocolate either. Two bites may do but six or so is better.
How are the chunky dark chocolate bars? They are similar in consistency to fudge and filled with graham crackers, dried fruits, and toasted pecans. The graham crackers soften and are not crunchy. They make airy pockets that break up the denseness. Chewy dried fruits add a certain sweetness. Pecans give yet another texture and added flavor. They are for people who love dark chocolate. You can make them a little sweeter by substituting bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate instead of unsweetened.
Does chocolate whisper to you? It calls my name every day. I’m glad this recipes makes a lot of bars. There are plenty for me to enjoy and share with friends and family. They are a great homemade holiday gift. For other chocolate fudge type recipes take a look at Rocky Road and Fantastic Fudge.
Chunky Dark Chocolate Bars
- 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped or broken into small pieces
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
- 8 ounces graham crackers broken into small pieces
- 5 ounces mixed dried fruit
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
Line an 11- X 17- X 2-inch cake pan with plastic wrap.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a large bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir until well combined.
Remove the chocolate from the heat. Stir in condensed milk until smooth.
Add graham crackers, dried fruit, and pecans. Mix well to coat ingredients with chocolate.
Pour the mixture into the cake pan. Spread evenly, making sure it is pressed into the corners.
Cool to room temperature then chill until set, at least 1 hour.
Lift out of the pan using the plastic wrap then peel away and discard plastic wrap.
Cut in bars 1-inch wide and 2 1/4-inches long.
A recipe for chunky dark chocolate bars. The bars are lightly sweetened and filled with chunks of graham crackers, dried fruit, and nuts. They are a wonderful snack.
Recipe adapted from one in the Chocolate Fantasies cookbook published in 1998.