Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Bark is an easy to make candy that can be tailored to almost any occasion. At the most simple, it's just thin chocolate broken into shards or sliced into pieces. At its most elegant, it contains luscious chocolate, dried fruit, salted seeds or nuts, and contains a mix of flavors.
The secret to making a tasty bark is to use tasty chocolate. You can use high quality chocolate or even Candy Melts that are made in all sorts of colors.
The steps are simple:
Melt chocolate and spread it thinly onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. (Add additional layers of chocolate, if desired and swirl them together, or marble them while still liquid.)
Choose from the toppings, candies, nuts, seeds, dried fruits. Make sure they are chopped and in bite size pieces and sprinkle them on top of the still molten chocolate.
Let mixture harden.
Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Now for the fun. Choose from various chocolates and toppings. Mix and match from below.

CHOCOLATE - white chocolate, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, Candy Melts, Almond Bark, peanut butter chips, caramel chips, cinnamon chips, mint chips
CANDIES - MnM's, snickers, peanut butter cups, Reeces Pieces, Pop Rocks, Kit Kat, Twix, Junior Mints, Peppermints, Dried Cereal, marshmallows, Oreos, Cookies
DRIED FRUITS - apples, cherries, cranberries, blueberries, raisins, figs, dates, coconut, mango, candied orange, Pomegranate Seeds
SALTY- pistachios, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, cashews, pine nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, plantain chips, almonds, pretzels, potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn
TINY SWEETS -Sprinkles, candy pearls, nonpareils
DUST - salt crystals, chili powder, powdered sugar, cinnamon, instant coffee, red pepper flakes

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