On snowy days, there's more time to putter around in the kitchen. And on snowy days, as my kids like to remind me, chocolate tastes better. So during the past weekend, when we had a healthy snowfall, we make "choconut". Here's how:
In a double boiler, we melt chocolate.
In a food processor, we grind coarsely raisins and mixed nuts (almonds and hazelnuts are favorites).
Then we stir the raisin & nut mixture into the melted chocolate, add some puffed cereals (millet works well because of its small grains), and a generous amount of cinnamon. Mix.
While the chocolate is still soft, we pour the mixture on a baking sheet covered with a sheet of parchment paper, and spread it to 1 cm thickness.
At this point we wait for it to cool and solidify. (Licking the pot and spatula helps to speed the process.)
When the choconut is hardened, we cut it into squares: it's now ready to be eaten!
My kids assure me that choconut is the perfect treat on snowy days ... I'm just reporting, because I'm part of that small percentage of the population who doesn't care for chocolate, and can't understand what the fuss is all about. Just think of my poor, poor kids: because mamma doesn't like it, and never thinks to buy it, they have chocolate only on snowy days!