D.I.Y. Fridays – Homemade Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark with almonds, pistachios and sea salt.

Chocolate bark with almonds, pistachios and sea salt.

by Nicole Wines

This is a great go-to dessert recipe for a potluck because if it doesn’t all get eaten (it probably will), it’s easy for the host to save and has a longer shelf life than many other deserts.  It also makes a great gift for chocolate lovers.  I use organic, fair-trade dark chocolate and organic nuts and seeds when I make it.

 

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE BARK RECIPE

Ingredients

Dark chocolate bars broken up for melting.

Dark chocolate bars broken up for melting.

-Chocolate bar(s), broken up into a few pieces
(***Info link: Why Buy Fair Trade Chocolate?)

Optional, mixed and matched to taste:

Crushing pistachios

Crushing pistachios

-Nuts, crushed or chopped
-Dried fruit
-Seeds
-Sea salt

 

 

Supplies
-Double Boiler (or two saucepans of different sizes-see below)
-Baking sheet or baking pan
-Wax paper or parchment paper

Double boiler alternative-place a small amount of water in a saucepan to boil and a nest smaller saucepan inside for melting chocolate.

Double boiler alternative-place a small amount of water in a saucepan to boil and a nest smaller saucepan inside for melting chocolate.

Directions

Melting chocolate

Melting chocolate

-Melt chocolate chunks in a double boiler or nested saucepan.  Keep the heat low and stir often to avoid burning.

 

Baking pan lined with wax paper.

Baking pan lined with wax paper.

-While chocolate is melting, line baking sheet or pan with wax paper or parchment paper.

 

Pistachios and Almonds

Pistachios and Almonds

-Sprinkle with crushed nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit (alternative option-sprinkle on top of chocolate AFTER chocolate is poured into pan).

 

Pouring chocolate.

-Pour melted chocolate into the lined pan.


(NOTE: Let me take this little bit of white space to say thanks to my friend Wendy Weiner who brought her own homemade chocolate bark to a dinner and inspired me to make it myself and to share this super simple recipe and yummy chocolate photos with all of our readers.  This recipe is perfect for a homemade gift too! Ok…back to the recipe…)

 

-Use a spoon to mix excess nut/seed/fruit mixture from the edges and to help spread the chocolate evenly to the edges of the pan.

Spreading melted chocolate.

Spreading melted chocolate.

Hardened sheet of chocolate bark.

Hardened sheet of chocolate bark.

-Let cool and harden in refrigerator.

Chocolate bark with almonds, pistachios and sea salt.

Chocolate bark complete!

-Once it has hardened, pop the full sheet of chocolate out of the pan, break up into chunks, eat and enjoy!

 


MORE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Scientific American: Why is Dark Chocolate Good for You?
List of HuffPost Articles about Fair Trade Chocolate
14 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate


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