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Trail Bytes, Dec. 2023: The Chocolate Covered Edition
December 16, 2023

With brands like Lindt, Sprüngli, Cailler, Frey, Läderach, Toblerone, and Nestle, Switzerland is world-renowned for its high-quality chocolate. The only reason Switzerland is not the leading exporter of chocolate is because Switzerland has the world’s highest chocolate consumption per capita—we’re eating it as fast as they make it.

For this special Chocolate Edition of Trail Bytes, I spent two weeks upholding the record by dipping, topping, and fully immersing dried fruits in chocolate. After baptizing the fruit, it was on to granola clusters and a new recipe: orange granola clusters with sweetened orange peel and chocolate topping.

Oh my. These were supposed to be Christmas gifts, but Dominique was secretly nibbling on the supply. OK, it was me, but she helped.

I had a lot of fun with these projects, and this fun can be enjoyed by any family or person who wants to make these chocolate goodies for Christmas parties or gifts. One idea is to give the gift of the activity: Package dried fruits with only a few of them dipped in chocolate (to give the idea), and enclose a couple of chocolate bars for melting.

I’ll shoot you over to the new pages for the recipes and instructions:

Chocolate Covered Oranges

Orange Granola Clusters

While the focus of those pages is oranges, you can melt chocolate over all kinds of fruit: pears, apples, bananas, mangoes and more.

And here’s another party/gift idea:

Fortune Fruit Roll-ups

Make up some funny fortunes and slide them into fruit roll-ups. Or wrap up a whole sheet of fruit leather and put a ribbon around it.

For recipes, explore: Fruit Leather Recipes.

That’s a wrap on another year of Trail Bytes. Thanks for participating in the adventure. Dominique and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. See you next year.

Freundliche Grüsse,

Chef Glenn & Dominique

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