Gifts of food (especially sweets) are always appreciated. My favorite candy to make during the holidays is chocolate bark because it’s basically fool proof, no thermometer needed. Plus it’s darn right delicious.
To make and package your own bark bars you’ll need:
– good quality chocolate chips or bars (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet)
– melted white chocolate for swirl
– mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, peanut butter, candy cane, marshmallows)
– parchment paper + tape
– craft envelopes + embellishments
Melt the chocolate slowly over a double boiler. Once fully melted, spread out over a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. While still warm, sprinkle with mix-ins of your choosing including the white chocolate if you want the swirl effect. My favorite is the pistachio/cranberry mix. Let harden completely at room temperature.
Once finished, cut bark in a bar shape with a knife. Wrap in parchment paper and seal with tape. Package in sturdy envelope and decorate the outside. I just glued on a mini tree and stuck a label on it. To finish up, doorbell ditch it. You’ll burn off the calories you’ve consumed by sprinting away.
photos by me (I know, Yan needs to become YAMF’s live-in photographer)