Are you looking for a great way to spend less time in the mall, and more time in the comfort of your own kitchen this holiday season? If so, you need look no further. The homemade recipe listed here makes a festive and personal gift for all of your friends and neighbors. Part of the pleasure of receiving the gift is in the presentation, so use your imagination when wrapping. Items like unique jars and bottles, decorative Chinese food takeout boxes, or ornate bags all provide a perfect package. Be sure and add a few embellishments like raffia and ribbon to complete your holiday gift.


• 1 cup roughly chopped pistachios (almonds may be used)
• 2 pounds chopped semi-sweet chocolate (white or dark chocolate)
• 1 cup diced dried cranberries
• 3-4 Tbsp. diced candy ginger

Heat oven to 325°. Toast nuts for 15 minutes on a baking sheet. Cool to room temperature and roughly chop. Place chocolate in a metal mixing bowl. In a saucepan slightly smaller than a metal bowl the chocolate is in, bring 4 to 6 inches of water to a boil. Remove from heat and place metal bowl over the water. Stir the chocolate with a spatula until all the chocolate is melted. Set 1/4 cup chopped nuts and 1/4 cup cranberries aside. Stir remaining nuts, cranberries and ginger in bowl of chocolate. Pour mixture onto a cookie tray lined with wax paper. Spread thin with a spatula. Sprinkle reserved nuts and cranberries on top. Refrigerate until set. Break into pieces before filling containers.