Recipe: Easy and Impressive Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate bark topped with fruit, nuts and chocolate eggs

Chocolate bark is one of those things that looks so much more impressive than the amount of time and skill you actually need to make it. It barely even requires a recipe being literally just melted chocolate topped with whatever it is that you fancy, or happen to have in your cupboard.

I like making it for family get-togethers and it also works well as a handmade gift. The recipe I’ve included below is for my go-to version made using spicy dark chocolate and topped with dried fruit and nuts. The cayenne pepper used to give the chocolate some heat makes what might be a boring combination taste exciting.

It’s great fun being creative with the toppings as well as the chocolate itself. Next time I make it I’m going to try marbling dark and white chocolate together and topping with some dried raspberries. I’d love to know if you have any recommended combinations for chocolate bark!

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Fiery Chocolate Bark

Visually impressive but so easy to make. A perfect gift.
Prep Time15 mins
Setting Time3 hrs
Keyword: chocolate

Ingredients

  • 300 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • handful of dried mango chopped
  • handful of dried raspberry chopped
  • handful of flaked almonds (toasting them makes them extra tasty)
  • handful of chocolate eggs
  • sprinkle of edible glitter

Instructions

  • Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • Break up the chocolate and place it in a heatproof glass bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  • Once the chocolate has melted, stir in the cayenne pepper. I used a teaspoon but you can adjust depending on how much heat you want from your chocolate.
  • Pour the melted chocolate onto the baking tray and smooth it out towards the edges. Try to get an even thickness but don’t worry to much about it looking perfect.
  • Sprinkle on your toppings.
  • Leave to cool and set. Once the chocolate bark has completely set, use a knife to randomly break it up into shards.

Notes

If you want to guarantee a smooth, shiny finish to your chocolate bark you will need to temper it instead of simply melting it. 
It’s fun getting creative with toppings and flavourings for your chocolate bark. This is my go-to version but this Easter I also made a dark chocolate bark topped with brazil nuts, Malteser bunnies and salted caramel. Feel free to use milk or white chocolate or even try marbling two types together. Any nuts, dried fruits or sweets would work as toppings – use your imagination!
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