Chocolate Bark Recipe
Chocolate Bark Recipe...and you don't need a chocolate dog to do it! (Sorry about that.)
This recipe will quickly make it to the top of your holiday "Goodies" list I am sure. It's delicious and looks great, but is so easy to make, no one will know you didn't spend hours working on it.
It can also be used in a variety of other dessert situations: try it on ice cream or as a decoration on a chocolate cake. Whatever the use, have a go at our very special chocolate bark recipe and of course...enjoy!
And don't forget that your children will love helping out with this chocolate bark recipe. Let them crush the candy canes and get sticky!
When choosing your chocolate, make sure to choose a semi-sweet baking chocolate. The bittersweet chocolate does not work well for this recipe (trust me on that). White baking chocolate is also an excellent choice for holiday bark.
The baking chocolate used for this recipe was Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Bakers White Premium Baking Chocolate.
You can use any brand of baking chocolate you like, but make sure the baking chocolate is actually chocolate and not just something that resembles chocolate.
Candy canes come in so many flavors now, it may seem difficult to choose just one. For this chocolate bark recipe, chocolate mint candy canes and the traditional peppermint candy canes worked beautifully and tasted great.
What Will You Need?
- 6 squares Bakers semi-sweet chocolate
- 6 squares Bakers premium white baking chocolate
- 1 cup crushed candy canes
- Plastic bag
- Meat tenderizer
- Wire whisk
- Cookie sheet
- Wax paper
- Microwave safe bowl
How To Make Chocolate Bark
First, remove the plastic wrapping from the candy canes. Using a pair of scissors, snip one of the ends of the wrap and peel off of the candy cane.
Place all of the unwrapped candy canes into a plastic bag. We haven't tried it, but an insert from a cereal bag might work well too.
Using a meat tenderizer (the flat side), crush the candy canes inside the bag. The pieces should be small, but not completely crushed into powder (there will be some powder, but not a lot).
Melt the semi-sweet chocolate squares in the microwave, using a microwave safe bowl. In a separate bowl, melt the white chocolate squares. Both take roughly 2 minutes or so to melt. At one minute, stir the chocolate. After the second minute, stir it again to make sure the chocolate is melted all the way through.
The last thing you want to do is burn the chocolate, so err on the side of caution with the time. Every microwave is different, so don't be afraid to check the chocolate every 40 seconds or so just to make sure it has just reached the melting point.
Once the chocolate is melted, add 1/2 cup of the crushed candy canes to each of the bowls of melted chocolate. Stir the crushed candy canes gently into the melted chocolate with a wire whisk.
Place a sheet of wax paper onto the cookie sheet.
Spoon the chocolate and candy cane mixtures alternately onto the cookie sheet. Using a knife, gently swirl them together. Spread the mixture out until it's perhaps 1/4-inch deep.
Place the mixture into the refrigerator and allow the chocolate bark to firm up and harden.
Once the chocolate bark is firm, remove it from the refrigerator and break into pieces.
Place into a container you can store in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve it or give as a gift.
To give chocolate bark as a gift, line a holiday tin with wax paper and fill with the bark. It's really quite pretty and people love it! Tie with a bow and candy cane for additional holiday flair.
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