The holidays are a time for giving, sharing, and creating memories with loved ones. Some of the memories my family and I enjoy around the holidays involved delicious meals and some yummy treats!
Today I’m sharing a treat you can feel good about giving to your kids and enjoying some yourself — homemade chocolate bark. I like to consider chocolate bark the new fruit cake. It makes a great gift for friends and relatives, plus my version is a lot healthier than any you could buy in the store. This chocolate bark is also fun to make — you get to choose the toppings and make it personalized. You don’t have to worry about it going old like baked goods since it has a pretty long shelf life. And even if you’re not a pro in the kitchen, chocolate bark is super simple to make. It’s truly the perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer or treat for a holiday party!
- 3-4 organic dark and white chocolate bars for white and dark bark
- Toasted nuts and seeds, chopped (pumpkin, hazelnut, almonds, walnuts)
- Dried fruit, chopped (cranberries, raisins)
- Shredded coconut
- Sugar in the raw (I use turbinado sugar)
- Flavored sea salt
- Candy cane pieces
- Get creative – whatever you like pairing with chocolate works!
You’ll Also Need
- Parchment paper
- Small high wall cookie sheet or pan
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove wrappers and put chocolate bars next to each other, side by side, on cookie sheet.
- Bake until chocolate is melted and not burned, about 5 minutes. Maybe longer depending on your oven, so be sure to check them every few minutes to see if the chocolate is melted enough to spread with a spatula.
- In the meantime, prep toppings.
- When chocolate is melted, remove the cookie sheet from oven. Using a flat spatula, evenly and gently spread the mixture over the parchment paper on cookie sheet until completely covered. Note: If you would like, you can add a flavoring, like cinnamon, peppermint oil, sea salt, orange essence, vanilla, even peanut butter and blend it into the warm chocolate mixture.
- Next, sprinkle all toppings evenly over the top layer of the warm chocolate.
- Freeze or refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, until mixture is hard again like a chocolate bar.
- Gently great apart chocolate into large or small pieces.
~ Juli Novotny of Pure Mamas