Because of my parents' different religious upbringings, my brothers and I had the experience of celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas each December of our childhoods. My mom still makes the world's best motzoh ball soup and latkes, and has us over on one night of Hanukkah every year to play driedel, light the menorah, and to enjoy her wonderful cooking!
For the past two years, my girls and I have enjoyed a new Hanukkah tradition of making our own Hanukkah "gelt", or gold coins made from dried apricots dipped in dark chocolate. They're so simple to make and are infinitely more delicious than the mass produced coins you buy in the store.
Even if your household doesn't celebrate Hanukkah, these chocolate dipped apricots make a wonderful gift for friends and family at this time of year!
CHOCOLATE DIPPED APRICOT COINS
MAKES APPROX. 30-40 COINS
1 bag Dried Apricots (16 oz.)*
8 oz. good quality chocolate*
Step 1: Using a kitchen mallet or hammer wrapped in kitchen plastic, pound your apricots out to make them flat and even.
Step 2: Dip each apricot in melted chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate before setting the apricot to dry on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Step 3: When all apricots have been dipped, place baking sheet in refrigerator to allow chocolate time to set (approx 20 minutes).
Step 4: When chocolate has set, wrap each apricot in gold foil. You can typically purchase gold foil candy wrappers as well as gold foil in rolls at many craft and cake decorating stores.
Step 5: Optional -- Package the gold coins in blue organza bags (found at most major craft stores and online).