I love making bark. It is so simple yet so delicious and beautiful! If packaged right, it makes a wonderful gift for friends and family!
So I actually have a reputation of being a master at bark making so my friends enlisted in me to help them make holiday bark for their special someones. When I think of holiday sweets and treats, I think of peppermint-and what else would be better to go with than some nice bittersweet chocolate?
I came up with two barks:
- pistachio, almond, + cashew dark chocolate bark
- peppermint chocolate bark topped with white chocolate, crushed peppermint, and chocolate drizzle!
For the first bark:
I chopped up all the pistachio and nuts into fine pieces! I left some in bigger chunks because I love different textures in my bark-but its ultimately up to you with how fine you chop the ingredients!
** some pointers for melting chocolate –> chop into chunks so that it melts more evenly and faster! Also only microwave in 20 second intervals and then stir between each interval! Be careful not to heat it for too long because it can burn and cook the chocolate!
After you melt the chocolate, pour it onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread it thinly. Then, sprinkle on the toppings!
For the second bark:
This one takes a little longer than the first bark because you need to wait for the dark chocolate layer to set before you put on the white chocolate layer.
- Melt the dark chocolate first, and spread it on evenly on the sheet. Chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes!
- Melt white chocolate and then spread it on the dark chocolate layer.
- Sprinkle on crushed peppermint hard candies.
- Take remaining dark chocolate and melt it, place it in zip lock bag, cut the corner, and drizzle it on top!
- Chill for half an hour to 45 minutes!
Both these barks should be ready after 45 minute and then they are ready to be broken apart! I usually just use my hands to break everything but you can also use a hard object to tap it (a hammer perhaps?) I love how charming the imperfect pieces are!
To package these, we placed them into craft paper tube containers from Michaels that come with resealable lids! The containers were decorated and labeled with card stock, markers, and lots of decorative tape and sequins!
The finished product!!! Yum!~