Chocolate bark is one of the easiest edible gifts you can make.

If you can melt chocolate you can make chocolate bark. But the best part is that you can totally customize it with various chocolate bark toppings!

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Various varieties of Chocolate bark shards on wooden chopping board

 

When I told a friend I had made Chocolate Bark that morning before work, she wondered what I was talking about. That was surprising to me because I didn’t realize that this easy, edible gift was not that well known.

It is so easy to make delicious chocolate bark!

Chocolate bark is so simple.

  • Melt chocolate – white, milk or dark
  • Spread thinly about 1/8 inch (3mm) to  1/4 inch (6mm)
  • Scatter with various yummy toppings
  • Allow to harden then cut or snap into shards

How super easy is that. If you can melt chocolate then you can make this wonderful treat.

How to melt chocolate.

Have you ever tried to melt chocolate only to have it seize and be ruined? Moisture is the enemy of chocolate. Just a drop of water will cause the chocolate to seize. However melting chocolate is easy if you follow these steps.

  1. Cut chocolate into similar size small pieces.
  2. Place in a clean, dry glass or ceramic bowl – not plastic as it may retain moisture and a metal bowl can become very hot.
  3. Place the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water – be sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  4. Stir occasionally with a clean, dry metal spoon until melted – don’t use a wooden spoon because it also may retain moisture.
  5. Be sure not to let any water splash into the chocolate.

You can also use a microwave to melt chocolate. A microwave can be harsh on chocolate but follow my tips for a no fail microwave method.

  1. Cut chocolate into similar size small pieces
  2. Place in a microwave safe, clean, dry glass or ceramic bowl – not plastic as it may retain moisture
  3. Microwave, uncovered on medium or 50% power, in 30 second intervals.
  4. Stir with a clean, dry metal spoon in between each, until melted.

 

chopped dark chocolate in a glass bowl

What Chocolate Bark toppings can you use?

You can use almost any delicious morsels you like to top your Chocolate Bark. It’s such a wonderful gift in this way because you can totally personalize it for the recipient. I think the choices of Chocolate Bark toppings are endless but here are just a few.

  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • coconut
  • candy
  • any edible cake decorations
  • salted nuts
  • salted pretzels

Why not melt two different types of chocolate and swirl them together? It’s easy.

All you need to do is spread out some melted dark chocolate. Then place teaspoons full blobs of melted white chocolate randomly on the dark chocolate and  with a skewer or a fork, swirl the white chocolate through the melted chocolate. You can add chocolate bark toppings as desired.

Three in one

You can make three different varieties of chocolate bark by scattering three different toppings on the one sheet of chocolate bark.

 

Chocolate bark with various toppings half cut

 

 

Chocolate Bark is the a great gift for any occasion.

Simply package the chocolate bark in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon for a thoughtful and delicious gift. For an extra special gift for that extra special someone, why prepare an edible gift basket by including a bag each of Chocolate Bark,  S’mores popcorn and homemade crackers, along with a jar of Olivada?

Chocolate Bark is so delicious and easy you will want to make extra to have on hand for munching!

 

Various varieties of Chocolate bark shards on wooden chopping board

Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate bark is one of the easiest edible gifts you can make. If you can melt chocolate you can make chocolate bark. But the best part is that you can totally customize it with various chocolate bark toppings!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling and setting time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 gift bags of Chocolate Bark

Ingredients
 

  • 14 oz chocolate
  • toppings of your choice see notes

Instructions

  • Cover a large baking sheet/ pan with non stick baking paper. You may need two if your baking sheets/pan are small.

To melt chocolate - stove top method

  • Cut chocolate into similar size small pieces.
  • Place in a clean, dry glass or ceramic bowl - not plastic as it may retain moisture and a metal bowl can become very hot.
  • Place the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water - be sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
  • Stir occasionally with a clean, dry metal spoon until melted - don't use a wooden spoon because it also may retain moisture.
  • Be sure not to let any water splash into the chocolate.

To melt chocolate - microwave method

  • Cut chocolate into similar size small pieces
  • Place in a microwave safe, clean, dry glass or ceramic bowl - not plastic as it may retain moisture
  • Microwave, uncovered on medium or 50% power, in 30 second intervals.
  • Stir with a clean, dry metal spoon in between each, until melted.

To make Chocolate Bark

  • Spread chocolate onto prepared baking sheet/pan thinly (about 1/4 inch).
  • While the chocolate is still soft, scatter with various toppings.
  • Refrigerate until hard then break or cut into pieces.
  • Will keep refrigerated for up to two weeks depending on toppings.

Recipe Notes

You can use almost any delicious morsels you like to top your Chocolate Bark. It's such a wonderful gift in this way because you can totally personalize it for the recipient. I think the choices of Chocolate Bark toppings are endless but here are just a few.
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • coconut
  • candy
  • any edible cake decorations
  • salted nuts
  • salted pretzels
  • dried chilli 
  • salt flakes
Please note that the nutritional content is for the chocolate component of Chocolate Bark NOT the toppings. 
This recipe can be divided to make 6 gift bags of Chocolate Bark. Nutritional content is for each entire bag of Chocolate Bark.

Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Author Marcellina Cantatore
Keyword chocolate bark

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