Chocolate bark can be the best weapon in your repertoire when you have forgotten a birthday, an important anniversary or for a last minute dinner party as it is hand’s down the easiest as well as the prettiest edible gift you can give someone. This gourmet gift is deceptively simple, a cinch to make and looks expensive. You just need some good quality chocolate (dark, milk, white) and any topping that catches your fancy:dry fruits, nuts, seeds, sea salt, caramel, even potato chips.
There is no need for candy thermometers or intensive knowledge about tempering chocolate to make this simple recipe. Tempering chocolate is basically when you heat and cool chocolate in such a way that all the fats align together to coalesce into a uniform final product. It is laborious process but tempering chocolate for a bark is pretty forgiving because even if your chocolate blooms (when the fats don’t align and you have white streaks or dots on your chocolate), the toppings scattered on top conceal it. Pair chocolate with hazelnuts, cranberries, pistachios, sea salt, apricots or salted caramel for classic flavor combinations or add any kind of ready made snack like potato chips, coconut flakes, pretzel, roasted pumpkin seed, peanuts, sunflower seed to your chocolate and it will all taste great! You can even pick two kinds of chocolate (dark or milk) and swirl it together for a pretty and dramatic pattern. There really are no rules.
We have included a few combinations below if you need some inspiration to get started:
It takes 15 minutes to make this recipe but around two hours to set in the refrigerator given our humid climate. You really don’t even need a recipe, just whatever you might have in your pantry. We have included our recipe below for a step by step guide if you might need one. Once the chocolate bark is ready, just transfer it to a clear bag or a stylish box, tie it with a festive ribbon and include a thoughtful note. You will score major brownie points with this gift if you can keep yourself from not finishing it all by yourself!
2 cups chocolate (dark, milk, white)
1/4 cup chopped pistachio
1/4 cup toasted hazelnut
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seed
1 tbsp sea salt