Easy Barks for Christmas

Barks are a popular and easy treat to make around the holidays. They are generally made by mixing melted chocolate with crunchy foods. Commercial candy crunches can be used as well as nuts, pretzel pieces, crushed cookies, dried fruits, mini marshmallows and so much more. Almost anything can be used to make barks. Use your favorite sweet or salty snacks to make a great tasting bark.

Bark is most often poured into a thin layer on parchment and then broken or cut into pieces. But it may also be spooned into candy molds or into little mounds on parchment paper. Break-up sheets and bark molds are great to use when making barks as gifts. Break-up sheets leave indentations in the chocolate so that when solid, the pieces can be broken into perfect squares. Bark molds are shallow, oversized chocolate molds specifically made for making barks. These molds come in a variety of seasonal shapes and can be packaged in a large cellophane bag for a great gift.

Below are some of our customer’s favorite bark recipes.

Toffee Bark– 2 lbs. milk chocolate + 3 cups toffee crunch

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Peppermint Bark– 2 lbs. white chocolate + 3 cups peppermint crunch

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Caramel/Pecan Bark– 2 lbs. milk chocolate + 1/2 lb. pecan pieces + 1/2 lb. caramel bits

Layered Peppermint Bark– 1 lb white chocolate + 1 lb. dark chocolate + 3 cups peppermint crunch or crushed candy cane

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Key Lime Bark– 2 lbs. white chocolate + 3 cups key lime crunch

Making Chocolate Bark

1) Start by melting chocolate until it is fluid and smooth. If you are using real chocolate, it must be tempered.

2) Add candy pieces, nuts, etc. in with the chocolate and mix until pieces are completely coated in chocolate.

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3) Pour chocolate mixture onto a silicone mat or parchment paper.

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4) When chocolate has lost its shine and is ‘almost set’, run a pastry wheel or pizza cutter through the bark to score it so that it can be easily broken into uniform pieces.

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5) Once chocolate has completely set, break into pieces and place in an airtight container.

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*Candy pieces can be sprinkled on top the chocolate instead of being mixed in. Be sure to add them while the chocolate is still warm so that they stick.

*For layered barks, pour first candy coating into a thin layer on parchment paper. When it is just firm, pour the second layer over top and immediately sprinkle with candy.

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