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Are you a black licorice lover? If so, you will really enjoy this treat. Did you know that fennel tastes just like black licorice? When my mother was pregnant with me she said that she CRAVED black licorice endlessly! It’s about all she ate. So it is my theory that my blood runs black rather than red. haha I have used fennel in another bark recipe but this time wanted to combine it with some chocolate. I use fennel in its whole form because I like the crunch factor that it adds to the bark. If you want a smoother mouth feel, then I recommend using your spice grinder to get the fennel seeds and cacao nibs into a powder form.
Cinnamon has been used medically to treat gastrointestinal problems and to help calm the stomach. It is a calminative, an agent that helps break up intestinal gas. Fennel seeds also provide quick and effective relief from many digestive disorders. They help to overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract maladies. Remember that Wrigley’s Doublemint gum commercial (sings the jingle) “Double your pleasure, double your fun, chew double the gas relief spice and you will have none!” Oh, ok, that was bad… haha
I used a Make ‘n Mold called “Love Me Daisy” part #0213. I actually love the outcome with the nibs and seeds. It adds depth to the end product. You could easily use any mold that you desired or even just pour it into a small cup! But I encourage you to have fun with it!