chocolate bark

dark or white chocolate &  a handful of toppings.  that's all it takes to create beautiful, tasty chocolate bark!  better than store-bought and completely customizable, this chocolate bark is an easy to make treat - perfect for holiday parties (or homemade gifts)!

chocolate bark is one of the easiest confections to make, and absolutely perfect for kids to help with. all it takes is a bag of chocolate chips, a few toppings, about 5 minutes and voila!  homemade chocolate bark that looks impressive, tastes better than the stuff from the store and makes a fantastic gift. what's not to love?

the peculiar name comes from the appearance of the finished product - broken shards of dark chocolate, looking earthy, organic and rough.  most people are familiar with peppermint bark, that minty treat sold around the holidays.  and while peppermint bark is delicious, we prefer other toppings - think dried fruits, nuts, anything that pairs well with chocolate...

this time around we made two versions - one dark and one white.  we paired the dark chocolate with raisins and smashed peanut butter pretzels.  for the white we added dried cranberries and graham cracker crumbs.  another classic combo - and one of my faves - is salted, roasted cashews with dried cranberries.  that combo of salty and sweet is just so, so good.  

so pick some toppings, melt some chocolate, and let's do this!

recipe: chocolate bark

ingredients:

  • 1 bag semi-sweet/dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 c dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, apricots)
  • 1 c salted, nuts (cashews, peanuts, pecans)

method:

  1. line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. set aside
  2. in a microwave safe bowl heat the dark chocolate for 30 seconds. stir & continue to heat and stir every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted, smooth & glossy
  3. repeat with the white chocolate
  4. pour the chocolate onto the parchment (make sure the white & dark are separate) & smooth until it is about 1/8 - 1/4" thick (or however thick you'd like)
  5. immediately scatter the nuts, dried fruit (or toppings of choice) all over the chocolate, pressing lightly
  6. refrigerate for 15 - 30 minutes or until the chocolate is fully set
  7. remove from fridge and break into pieces
  8. enjoy!

xoxo,

h & s