If you’re looking for ideas for delicious gifts, chocolate bark is one of the easiest treats you can make, even if you’re busy with a hundred other things.
Seven Simple Steps
- Put chocolate in a bowl.
- Put the bowl in the Proofer.
- Wait for the chocolate to melt. You can wrap presents, shovel the driveway, go to the mall, make a trip to the post office or take a nap while the chocolate melts.
- For more shine and snap to the chocolate, stir in some seed chocolate and cool to 91F.
For more instructions on melting or tempering chocolate, see our page on chocolate.
- Spread the chocolate about ¼ inch thick on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Scatter your choice of toppings over the chocolate.
- Let your chocolate bark cool and harden, and then cut or break into pieces
It Really Is That Easy
The great thing about using the Folding Proofer to make chocolate bark is that you don’t have to worry about scorching the chocolate, and you don’t need a double boiler. At 115F it will take about 2.5 hours for a 1 lb. solid block, and even after it’s melted you can leave it for a couple of hours without worry.
The Only Hard Part
The most difficult thing about making chocolate bark is deciding what to put on it. “Go granola” and sprinkle your warm chocolate with granola. Or jazz it up with some red and green color. Crushed peppermint candy on chocolate bark is a classic this time of year. Sliced gumdrops look amazingly similar to stained glass. If someone you’re planning a gift for has a favorite candy, this is the perfect opportunity to make some thing special–and so easy–for him or her.
Some Topping Ideas
- Nuts: Candied or plain pecans, honey-roasted peanuts, toasted almonds or walnuts
- Fruit: Dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries
- Seeds: Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
- Candy: Sliced peanut butter cups, broken up toffee, peanut or plain M&Ms
- More chocolate: Chopped up pieces of Andes mint chocolate, or drizzled melted chocolate in a contrasting color
More Reasons to Love Chocolate Bark
Yet another beautiful thing about chocolate bark is that you can make more than one kind from each batch of melted chocolate. Go ahead and make half with dried fruit and nuts and half with a candy topping. You get twice the variety with practically no additional effort.
As for the type of chocolate, use whatever kind you like, whether that’s milk, dark or white chocolate.
If you’re already making one or more kinds of cookies, chocolate bark makes a great addition to a mixed plate of cookies.
Wrapping It Up
Some of the best gifts are the homemade kind. Whether those on your list have been naughty or nice this year, holiday treats are fun to give and to receive.