Thursday, December 16, 2010

Super Yummy Chocolate Bark!

I thought it was only appropriate to start out the blog with chocolate!  We are having family over this weekend and I couldn't wait to try out this recipe from Food Network Magazine.  It was super fun and super quick!

Start with 1 pound each of bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate and white chocolate, and whatever crunch toppings you like. (Some Ideas: Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, Peppermints, Banana Chips, Pecans, Raisins, Cranberries, Marshmallows, Dried Fruit etc.)

Chop the chocolate into 1/2 inch pieces with a large knife.  Place all but 1 cup of the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. (For swirled bark, put all but 1/2 cup of each chocolate in 2 separate bowls.)

Microwave 30 seconds, then stir with a rubber spatula.  Continue microwaving and stirring at 30-second intervals until melted, 3 to 5 minutes total.  Immediately add the reserved chopped chocolate to the bowl(s); stir vigorously until melted and shiny.  Don't worry if there are a few small unmelted pieces.

Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet (baking sheet lined with foil, shiny-side up, smooth out creases); use the rubber spatula to spread it into a 10-to-12 inch circle, about 1/4 inch thick.  (For swirled bark, pour the 2 chocolates side by side on the baking sheet, use the spatula to swirl them together.)  I used the top of the spatula so it made a cleaner swirl. A plastic knife would work well too!

 Add your toppings!  Press your crunch toppings into the chocolate.  For the white chocolate I used crushed candy canes and marshmallows, for chocolate I used walnuts and I left the swirl plain.

Let the bark harden completely at room temperature, about 1 hour.  I did stick mine in the freezer for a few minutes to help it harden.  Break into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks.

I just love these! They're so festive for Christmas and YUMMY!  I think next time I will try peanuts with the semisweet chocolate for a sweet and salty treat!

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