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November 20, 2017

Chocolate Bark | The Easiest Homemade Treat

Last week, I hosted our annual Thanksgiving Baskets Party.  I always have snacks and wine for the girls.  This year, I made a cheese board and a couple of batches of Homemade Chocolate Bark.  I have always wanted to try it after watching the Barefoot Contessa make it.  It was beyond simple to make, it took a total of about 5 minutes and it is completey beautiful and delectable.  The combinations are endless.

Candy making can be intimidating.  I don't really dabble too much in complex candy making.  This homemade chocolate bark was frighteningly simple.  Like, I could make a batch every afternoon without any effort.

I made two versions, one with milk chocolate and one with white chocolate.  This chocolate version has dried cranberries, cashews, pistachios and sea salt.  The sea salt was absolutely an amazing touch - don't forget that!  I look forward to making a festive version with Emma with mini marshmallows, pretzel pieces, sparkles and sprinkles.

It will be our go-to Hostess Gift for this season - I love it so much!

The Easiest Homemade Treat
Chocolate Bark

1 24oz. package of chocolate almond bark

topping ideas :

sea salt
dried cranberries
dried cherries
mini chocolate chips
chopped pretzels

Prepare a Large Sheet pan by lining it with Parchment Paper.  Prepare toppings, ready to sprinkle on once the chocolate has melted.

In a microwave safe bowl, put all but one of the chocolate squares. Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each interval, repeating until it is all almost melted.  When it is almost melted, add the last cube of chocolate and continue stirring until it is melted in and the entire mixture is smooth.

Pour the mixture on the parchment paper, and

Stir continuously to help coax the melting.  Don't over heat, or the chocolate can become stiff.

The Parchment Paper is key.  It slides off the paper so easily.

This is the version with white almond bark with dried cranberries, cashews and sea salt.

 On the night of the party, I broke it into pieces and put it into pewter bowls.  The girls loved it.  We sat around and just broke pieces off and snacked throughout the night.

To give them as a gift, I put them in a Cello Bag (large pictured here) with a Light Green Snowflake Tag with Green Satin Ribbon.

I paired the chocolate bark with a boxed gift card, available here.

1 comment:

  1. Are you actually melting almond bark or a different chocolate?


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