chocolate bark is my fave

December 8, 2011

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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)

33 Comments »

 
  • On December 8, 2011 , Mary said:

    I made bark for the first time last year – I had no idea how easy it was! It will be an annual event from now on for sure. I will have to try some of these different mix-ins this year too.

  • On December 8, 2011 , Emily said:

    Yum. It’s snack time in Dublin, so this looks divine. And it’s a dull work day here, so doorbell ditching sounds positively fun!

  • On December 8, 2011 , natalie @ The SoHo said:

    Yes! It’s my favorite thing to make too. Of course, the packaging for yours is way cuter.

  • On December 8, 2011 , Aimee said:

    the pretzel quadrant looks amazing! how many bags of chips did you use to make a cookie sheet’s worth?

  • On December 8, 2011 , Sue-Someone's Mom said:

    I never thought about making multiple flavors all at once…much easier! They all look good.

  • On December 8, 2011 , Molly the waffler said:

    Love sweet and salty together. This goes way beyond the typical xmas cookie.

  • On December 8, 2011 , Karen Petersen said:

    YUMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!! I want some of that now. I just finished off the pb and chocolate pie (in the pan) and it was delish. Dangerous but delish.

  • On December 8, 2011 , Olivia said:

    Oh my that looks like actual heaven

  • On December 8, 2011 , Lena said:

    Ooh, how delicious! I was planning to make a batch of fleur de sel caramels this weekend, but I might need to add a batch of bark to this list!

  • On December 8, 2011 , Beth said:

    mmmmm. peppermint bark is my favorite. i may have to try this out! It looks so pretty.

  • On December 8, 2011 , Martha @ MHW Interiors said:

    i have to say, i’ve known about your blog for a long time and finally put it on my google reader because i keep pinning every single post! you are just exploding with good ideas. including this one. love the simplicity and that packaging is perfection. thanks!!!

  • On December 8, 2011 , Martha @ MHW Interiors said:

    by the way, can you share the source for this packaging?

  • On December 8, 2011 , sarah said:

    i’m going to make this tonight, you made it sound so easy and delicious:) love the packaging. x

  • On December 8, 2011 , Carrie R said:

    I love the packaging!!! Oh and the chocolate looks pretty good too ;-)

  • On December 8, 2011 , Rebecca - A Daily Something said:

    Mmm yum. The pretzel part would be my fave. Also, your photos are amazing!

  • On December 8, 2011 , Lauren at TwIn Style said:

    Ooh, I love this idea! It reminds me of those build your own candy bars that I saw all over the internets awhile back, except these are way cheaper and almost just as easy.

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  • On December 9, 2011 , domestikate said:

    I need some super-simple but exciting Christmas gift ideas – this is perfect! Thanks!

  • On December 10, 2011 , Michelle said:

    Love this bark, making some today myself. We first used this Martha recipe {as if I need to mention her last name!} bark last year and I loved how simple it was. The s’mores was my favorite and pistachio/cranberry too. Your packaging is so pretty!!

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  • On December 19, 2011 , Kat said:

    That chocolate bark looks amazing!

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    This is insane…in the best way!! Awesome blog!

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