Fruit and Nut Chocolate “Bark”

I’ve seen so many gorgeous pictures of “Chocolate Bark” on Instagram, and it looked really easy – and relatively cheap – to pull off, so I thought I would try it out for my first recipe of 2016!

The good thing about chocolate bark is not only that it tastes amazing, but also that you can add pretty much anything you want, whichever dried fruit or nuts you like, or drizzled chocolate, or even caramel. Go with what tastes great and you’ll be off to a good start.

I went super-winter-comfort with these and had a few shards of bark with a mug of hot chocolate and a new book – perfect for freezing January nights under a duvet. They also make a great gift if you put them in a nice box, so why not try them for a friend with a January birthday?

P.S. I’ve been working on my New Year’s Resolution to donate more money to charity; let me know what your resolutions are in the comments below!

Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Bark

Ingredients

200g of chocolate per block (dairy-free dark, milk or white)

Toppings of your choice: I used chocolate, dried cranberries and flaked almonds, but you can choose different nuts, popping candy, caramel, dried fruit, whatever you fancy!

Method

  1. Melt 200g of chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Meanwhile, line a tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Pour the chocolate into the tray, smooth out and put in the fridge.
  3. Before the chocolate is completely solid (the toppings will only stick if the chocolate’s a little melted), sprinkle over your chosen toppings. If you’re decorating with melted chocolate, make sure the block is fully solid before you decorate.
  4. Put in the fridge to harden completely (should take 20 – 30 minutes). Then, smash into pieces and enjoy!

Makes one block

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