Homemade Chocolate Bark is the easiest 5-ingredient snack you’ll ever whip up. All you need are 5 simple (and customizable!) ingredients – chocolate, pepitas, dried cherries, coconut flakes, and any type of nuts. This is the perfect grab-and-go snack or after-school treat!
This is one of those recipes you want to have in your back-pocket at all times. And, once you’ve made it the first time, you’ll be able to whip this up any time without having to follow a recipe.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Bark:
First, melt your chocolate. I like using two different types – like dark and white, so you can create those beautiful swirls in the chocolate. You can, of course, use just one type if that’s what you prefer.
Pour your melted chocolate onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread it out in a thin layer, then pour your second type of chocolate on top, and spread it to the edges of the first chocolate layer. Use a butter knife or toothpick to create swirls in your chocolate bark.
I definitely recommend using a high-quality chocolate here, like Ghirardelli melting wafers or Baker’s chocolate bars. Don’t use chocolate chips if you can help it – they have stabilizers in them so they don’t melt as well as something like melting wafers or a baking bar.
Next, add your toppings! This is the fun part. Well, the other fun part – creating those swirls is pretty fun too, heh. I used dried cherries, coconut flakes, pepitas, and sea salt macadamia nuts. You have SO much flexibility here – you don’t have to use exactly what I used!
Don’t care for nuts? Leave ’em out. Prefer pecans? Swap those for the macadamias! Prefer dried cranberries to cherries? You get the idea. This recipe is meant to be versatile – so use whatever you like and/or have on hand.
And, if you want to go the less “healthy” route, you can turn this into a candy bark and use any leftover holiday candy you have laying around.
However you choose to top your chocolate bark, have fun with it! This chocolate bark – like my caramel sauce – makes a great gift! Put it in a cute little tin with a ribbon and gift it to teachers, neighbors, or anyone else who’s day you want to brighten up.
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5-Ingredient Homemade Chocolate Bark
Homemade Chocolate Bark is the easiest 5-ingredient snack you'll ever whip up. All you need are 5 simple (and customizable!) ingredients - chocolate, pepitas, dried cherries, coconut flakes, and any type of nuts. This is the perfect grab-and-go snack or edible gift!
- 12 ounces milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate
- 12 ounces white chocolate
- 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup sea salt macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup salted pepitas
- 1/2 cup coconut chips
Prep: Line a large cookie sheet with foil.
Melt Chocolate: For dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolates, melt the chocolate in the microwave, in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until almost melted. Stir until the residual heat melts the remaining chocolate.
For white chocolate, only use intervals of 15 seconds at a time - white chocolate tends to seize up more easily.
Make the Chocolate Bark: Pour the melted chocolate, starting with your darker chocolate, onto the prepared pan. Spread to desired thinness. Pour the white chocolate (if using) on top, and spread it so it's just within the edges of the darker chocolate. Use a butter knife or toothpick to create beautiful swirls! Then, sprinkle on your mix-ins - dried fruits, seeds, nuts, candy, etc. Remember - you can use any dried fruits, nuts, etc. that you like! No need to follow what I used exactly.
Chill: Chill the chocolate bark in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour - or until the chocolate has set.
Serve + Store: Once completely set, break the chocolate bark into pieces and dig in! Store in the fridge or at room temp in an airtight container. This will keep for a few weeks at room temp, and even longer in the fridge.
Gift It: This makes a great homemade gift! Gift it in a cute tin for the holidays with a ribbon on top, or just pop it on a good old fashioned paper plate and drop it off for neighbors and friends to enjoy.
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