07 December 2011

Chocolate Holiday Bark!

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived!



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In the upcoming weeks before The Holidays, I'm going to try and post as many wintery themed treat recipes as I possibly can!
So make sure to check in often! And feel free to make requests too!
I love requests.

Today I'm going to share one of my faves with you!

Toffee Peanut Crunchy Bark!

I love chocolate bark because it takes almost no time at all to make. 
It also has a long shelf life which means that it won't get stale or go bad if you make it a couple of days ahead of time! Definitely a bonus!

There are so many kinds of bark. I usually switch it up and this time I
chose to swirl in peanut butter with the melted chocolate and then sprinkled the bark with caramel-y toffee pieces and
freshly roasted crushed peanuts!
Oh, and a tiny dusting of sea salt of course! (coarse or fine works)

But please don't feel limited to this particular flavor combo!
Create your own and have fun with ingredients that you have handy.
But just in case, I've listed some options at the end of the post for you! :)

  • Some delicious chocolate.
    Bar, chips, chunks, doesn't matter.  But just remember that your final product will only be as tasty as the initial chocolate that you choose!
  • Smooth peanut butter. Fold in a little maple syrup or icing sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Dry roasted, salted peanuts, lightly crushed. Use a knife and cutting board or a a couple of food processor pulses.
  • Toffee Chunks. You can either purchase these or make them yourself!
    I don't remember where I found vegan ones, but Vegan Essentials carries vegan toffee if you're so inclined to order it online! Or maybe you'd like to try your hand at making it yourself ? :)
    If you're not vegan, definitely use Skor bits! (Easier and VERY tasty!)
  • Sprinkle of sea salt.


    Prepare and set aside the following :
    Mix the peanut butter with the maple syrup (or icing sugar) and vanilla extract.

    Chop up the peanuts and toffee. Prepare a wax paper lined baking sheet.

    Melt the chocolate :
    Prepare a double boiler and slowly melt the chocolate and butter until liquidy smooth.
    Keep a close eye on the chocolate, stirring occasionally and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a silicon spatula (preferably one that hasn't touched garlic and onions... unless you want garlic and onion flavored chocolate bark?!)

    You'll have to work fairly quickly at this point :
    Pour the melted chocolate evenly over the baking sheet and spread it as thin as you like with the spatula.
    Swirl in the peanut butter mix. Smooth the chocolate over again. Sprinkle with peanuts toffee pieces and coarse sea salt!

    Allow to set at room temperature. Once cool and firm, refrigerate/freeze for 15 minutes.
    Remove and break into pieces using your hands or a solid shard chef's knife.

    and enjoy!


    If you're planning on gifting the bark, package into cute holiday-themed
    cello bags like this one :

    These are cute too!

    So are these.
    They're also a little more festive!

    Or go the route of the tin! Gently lay pieces of bark between sheets of waxed paper
    and pack them into a cute holiday-themed tin!  :)

    Cute Tin!

    I collect tins throughout the year for this very purpose!  That way I'm don't have to go
    on a last minute tin hunt on December 24th!

And here are the promised flavor combos! :)

Toasted Hazelnut Pieces and Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips, Dried Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts
Tropical! With Coconut Shreds, Dried Pineapple, Papaya and Toasted Cashews
Chocolate Mint! Crushed Candy Canes! And Some White Chocolate?
Pistachio Rose Water
Simply Mocha Almond. With Instant Coffee grounds and Toasted Slivers of Almond
Pretzel Flavor!
Sesame Orange. With Tahini,Sesame Seeds and Dried Orange Peel
Maple Pecan. Maybe candy the pecans with maple syrup? Or just buy them candied? Or maybe use some maple sugar crystals?

I told you there were lots! :)
Which one's your fave?

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