Monday, 23 December 2013

Homemade Gifting - Three-Chocolate Holiday Bark



What a swirly, beautiful, chocolate dream! Part of my homemade holiday gifting this year included my own holiday bark creation. This was ridiculously easy and fun to make, and was so picturesque I almost hated cutting it into individual portions for presents. One very helpful tip I have, is to cut the bark with a pizza cutter. Unless you love the mess of bashing, cracking, and chocolate crumbs everywhere, a pizza cutter is the best tool for cutting the baking sheet of chocolate into smaller bars.

And the chocolate, oh the chocolate ... clearly, I'm a girl that likes variety.



Ingredients:
  • 2 bars (200g) of lindt 70% dark chocolate
  • 12 oz (340g) white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of mint chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup candy cane bits, or 2 small candy canes crushed with a hammer or kitchen mallet (*tip: older candy canes from last year are easier to crush)
Instructions:
  1. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave- start by heating for 30 seconds, stir, and heat by increments of 10 seconds until fully melted.
  2. Line a standard-sized baking sheet with waxed paper, and pour the melted dark chocolate onto the sheet. Smooth-out with a spatula so that the chocolate covers as much of the sheet as possible. Then, pop the dark chocolate covered cookie sheet in the freezer and wait 20 minutes. 
  3. When the 20 minutes almost are up, melt the white chocolate in the same manner as you did for the dark chocolate. Then, take the dark chocolate out of the freezer, and pour the white chocolate over top. Smooth the white chocolate with a spatula until the dark layer is covered. Leave out at room temperature, and quickly proceed to step #4:
  4. Melt 1/2 Cup of peppermint chocolate chips in the microwave- start by heating for 1 1/2 minutes, stir, and heat by increments of 10 seconds until fully melted (chocolate chips take longer than chocolate bars to melt).
  5. With a small spoon, paint thick vertical stripes of melted mint chocolate onto the white chocolate, being carefully not to mix the mint chocolate into the white (in should just sit on top of the white).
  6. With a clean butter knife, dragged the knife horizontally through the white chocolate, changing directions of the after each stripe. Voila, the swirl pattern!
  7. As a finishing touch, sprinkle with candy cane bits, then place in the freezer for another 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the freezer, and use a pizza cutter to cut the large sheet of bark into individual portions.
  9. Place the portions in gift bags, and store in the fridge until they're ready to be gifted.
Enjoy!


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