This may not be a proper meal but it is certainly a treat! Chocolate bark is fun and easy to make. You can add in your favorite bits and flavors and sometimes, it’s a little good for you too!
1 12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Gather all your bits and flavors first and have them ready to add once the chocolate is poured; You will need to add quickly. Have a large baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper ready. In this case, about half a cup of chopped cherries and about one quarter cup of chopped almonds were plenty. Depending on how large a batch of bark you are making, add or subtract the toppings.
Use a double boiler if you have one or a metal or glass bowl over a medium pot of boiling water will work as well. Add the chocolate chips and begin stirring with a spatula/spoonula. It should take less than ten minutes for the chocolate to melt and it should be glossy and smooth.
Pour out on the paper on the baking sheet. Add your ingredients evenly over the surface and set aside. Place in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to set properly.
I also made a batch of peppermint bark at the same time. Again, melt 12 ounces of chocolate and add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Chop up candy canes or peppermint candy (the food processor works great if you want tiny bits) and add straight to the chocolate mixture in the bowl and pour out on the paper. One half cup of candy should be ample.
Once the chocolate is set, begin breaking it into smaller pieces. Using a large knife and starting from the back to front works well. Each batch of 12 ounces will easily break into about 12-15 medium pieces.
This is a quick and simple recipe for homemade chocolate that no one will be able to resist. Mix it up with different ingredients! Substitute cashews for almonds or apricots for cherries. Perhaps a few drops of white chocolate chips will add a pretty swirl to the bark. Package the bark into small cellophane bags, add a small card and tie a pretty red ribbon for Valentine’s Day. Or pack into a little tin with a bow on top. So many possibilities! Enjoy!
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