Are you looking for a dazzling treat that's a snap to make? This familiar favorite is perfect: Just melt, stir and swirl. The salted peanuts provide a simple counterbalance to the sweetness of eddied white and dark chocolates. Get the packaging how-to for the Winter Bark.
The French term for button candies is nonpareils, which means "without peer." No one who remembers them from their youth would argue with that appellation. Nonpareils-dark chocolate buttons topped with sugar beads-are the caviar of childhood.
Tempering is the heating-and-cooling process that stabilizes chocolate, making it satiny and snappy when broken. Chocolate can only be tempered once; pour the leftover tempered chocolate from this recipe onto a baking pan to harden, then store and use as baking chocolate.