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Easy-to-Make Organic Holiday Chocolate Bark

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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!

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Ingredients

  • 3-4 organic dark and white chocolate bars for white and dark bark

Toppings

  • 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

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Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In the meantime, prep toppings.
  4. 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.
  5. Next, sprinkle all toppings evenly over the top layer of the warm chocolate.
  6. Freeze or refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, until mixture is hard again like a chocolate bar.
  7. Gently great apart chocolate into large or small pieces.
  8. Enjoy!

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~ Juli Novotny of Pure Mamas 

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