I was flying blind in making my flavored chocolate. I’m not a trained chocolatier by any means but I was hoping my experience in making goodies for birthdays and the holidays would help me out.
To get the flavor I wanted in the chocolate, I started with my bacon. I bought the bacon from Clancy’s. It’s the first time I’ve gotten bacon from them and I was pretty impressed! It didn’t have a overly sweet maple flavor and didn’t shrivel up like a lot of store bought bacon I’ve had in the past.
To get it ready for the chocolate, I fried it on the stove until it was nice and crispy. It’s really important that you get the bacon good and crispy. You don’t want to have a chewy piece in the middle of your chocolate, it’s a little off-putting…. Then, I dabbed them off with a paper towel to get rid of extra grease and then chopped it up in to mini pieces. The pups were very interested in helping at this point.
Once I set the bacon aside I got a double boiler set up to melt the chocolate. I used 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips and one cup of peanut butter. I kept the chocolate moving until the peanut butter was all mixed in and the chocolate was smooth with no lumps. Then I added my bacon (ended up being about 3/4 cups) and a dash of salt.
Once it was well mixed into the chocolate, I spread the chocolate out on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. I let it cool on the counter for a little while and then put it in the fridge to harden to cut into bars later.
The final product was tasty! I made a second batch of just chocolate peanut butter as well. It stores well in the fridge, however I wouldn’t keep the bacon for more than a week. The peanut butter you could keep longer but you shouldn’t have to worry about it sticking around for too long anyway:)