The Best Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate Bark makes a great gift or holiday party treat. Best of all, you can change things up depending on what you’re in the mood for or have on hand. Top it with whatever ingredients you like – nuts, dried fruit, candies, pretzels – get creative with it or keep it low-key.

Chocolate Bark makes a great gift or holiday party treat. Best of all, you can change things up depending on what you're in the mood for or have on hand. Top it with whatever ingredients you like - nuts, dried fruit, candies, pretzels - get creative with it or keep it low-key.

What’s the best way to melt the chocolate?

The best method to melt chocolate chips when you make Chocolate Bark is to use the double boiler method. This gives you better control over how quickly the chocolate melts so you don’t let it go too long and have it seize up. Just pour about 1 and 1/2 – 2 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil, lower the heat to low. Pour chocolate chips into a large glass bowl and place on top of the pot. Stir constantly with a spatula until the chocolate completely melts. Remove from heat.

Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in microwave. This goes quicker so make sure you check it and give it a stir every 30 seconds. But be careful, don’t burn your chocolate. It happens even to the best cooks, especially with white chocolate.

Then, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the melted chocolate over it. Spread very thinly with a spatula or knife. Don’t skip using parchment paper or your chocolate will stick to the pan.

What’s the best chocolate to use for making chocolate bark?

You should use good quality semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate. It’s a matter of preference but dark chocolate will give your chocolate bark a richer flavor whereas milk chocolate will be sweeter.

What toppings should I use?

Nuts are good toppings for chocolate bark.

  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts

Seeds are an allergy-friendly option.

  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

Dried fruits add sweetness, especially tasty when used in combination dark chocolate.

  • Pineapple
  • Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs

Freeze dried fruits also make great toppings.

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Mango

Here are some other fun toppings people love.

  • Coconut flakes
  • Salt flakes (Pink Himalayan salt is especially nice)
  • Sprinkles
  • Pretzels
  • Candy

Make sure you remember to add toppings immediately before the chocolate starts to harden. This will help ingredients to stick to the chocolate better.

Finally, set the bark aside and leave at room temperature for at least 4 hours. Alternatively, you can speed up the process of hardening by placing the chocolate in the fridge. However, leaving it on the counter for a few hours works best as it can sweat after being chilled, leaving it less appealing looking. Slow and steady is the best solution to making delicious chocolate bark. Once the bark is hardened break it into pieces by hand or cut it with a sharp knife.

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The Best Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Bark makes a great gift or holiday party treat. Best of all, you can change things up depending on what you’re in the mood for or have on hand. Top it with whatever ingredients you like – nuts, dried fruit, candies, pretzels – get creative with it or keep it low-key.

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 4 hours 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 15 Pieces

Ingredients

Pretzel & M&M’s Chocolate Bark

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pretzels
  • 2 Tbsp. mini M&M’s
  • 1 Tbsp. glitter sprinkles (yellow, whit,e etc.)

Dried Fruit and Nuts Chocolate Bark

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pistachios
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. mini white chocolate chips

Cranberry and Almond Chocolate Bark

  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate wafers or chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate chips using double boiler method or microwave.
  2. To melt chocolate in the microwave, put chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Set microwave for 30 seconds. After that time, stir the chocolate and melt for another 30 seconds. Repeat again until the chocolate is melted.
  3. To melt chocolate chips using the double boiler method pour 1 and 1/2 – 2 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Pour melted chocolate into a large glass bowl and place on the pot. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts. Remove from heat.
  4. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour chocolate over it and smooth nicely with spatula. Make a thin layer of chocolate about 7″ x 7″.

For Pretzel & M&M’s chocolate bark

  1. Follow directions for chocolate above then top with pretzels, mini M&M’s and glitter sprinkles.
  2. Let rest on the counter for 4 hours to harden.

For Dried Fruit and Nuts Chocolate Bark

  1. Follow directions for chocolate above then top with dried pineapple, walnuts, pistachios and white chocolate chips.
  2. Let rest on the counter for 4 hours to harden.

Cranberry and Almond Chocolate Bark

  1. Melt semi sweet chocolate chips in microwave or using double boiler method.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour melted chocolate over top. Spread thinly with spatula into about an 8″ x 8″ square. Set aside.
  3. Put white chocolate wafers or chocolate chips into a separate large bowl and melt in microwave or using double boiler method.
  4. Spread white chocolate on top of semi sweet chocolate. Using toothpick swirl the chocolate so the dark chocolate combines well with the white chocolate.
  5. Top with cranberries, slivered almonds and chocolate sprinkles.
  6. Let rest on the counter for 4 hours to harden.

Notes

Nutrition will depend on what toppings you use. Nutrition listed below is for the chocolate base alone.

Chocolate Bark makes a great gift or holiday party treat. Best of all, you can change things up depending on what you\'re in the mood for or have on hand. Top it with whatever ingredients you like - nuts, dried fruit, candies, pretzels - get creative with it or keep it low-key. #candyrecipes #chocolaterecipes

Note: The Cookful may receive a commission on purchases made through Amazon/affiliate links.

Chocolate Bark makes a great gift or holiday party treat. Best of all, you can change things up depending on what you\'re in the mood for or have on hand. Top it with whatever ingredients you like - nuts, dried fruit, candies, pretzels - get creative with it or keep it low-key. #candyrecipes #chocolaterecipes

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.