Homemade Chocolate Bark

February 09, 2021

Homemade Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark is one of the easiest chocolate projects to tackle at home. It comes together in as little as 15 minutes and is incredibly simple to customize with your favorite flavors. Today we’re sharing instructions for making chocolate bark at home as well as notes on a few varieties our team tested out. 

Bark makes a great little Valentine's gift! Find a cute box or tin and give the gift of something handmade and delicious! It’s also a fun recipe to make with kiddos, letting them choose their favorite toppings. 

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Bark 

Ingredients:

9 oz pkg Chocolate discs (choose your favorite - dark, milk or white).      

Toppings (nuts, dried fruit, salt, sprinkles, cereal, whatever your heart desires!)

Instructions: 

  1. Prepare flat surface with sili-mat or parchment or wax paper
  2. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, do so on 50% or 60% power in 30 second intervals until melted. It's easy to scorch chocolate by overheating or using full power. Be careful here.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate onto your mat/paper and spread thinly using an offset spatula or whatever tool you have to work with. We love thin chocolate bark so we spread it as thin as possible. Do whatever suits you best! 
  4. Sprinkle toppings evenly across chocolate. 
  5. Allow to set-up, cut or break apart and enjoy! Tempered chocolate will set up quickly but non-tempered chocolate may take several hours.

 Notes: 1. You can opt for an 'inclusion' bark instead of a 'topped' bark and, in that case, you simply mix the toppings in with the melted chocolate in the bowl and then pour onto the surface. This will result in a chunkier bark. If your chocolate 2. If your chocolate gets too thick, add 2 tbsp of cocoa butter or coconut oil and re-melt.

To temper or not to temper when making bark? 

There are loads of bark recipes online and many of them don't mention tempering. Why is that? Because it's difficult to master at home without lots of practice and it won't impact the final flavor.

But if your heart is set on a snappy, shiny bark, check out this great tempering tutorial from the Sugar Geek Show. She even nerds out with legos to describe changes to the crystalline structure of chocolate during the tempering process! Spoiler alert - the microwave is the easiest way to temper chocolate at home.

Jody's Milk Chocolate Salted Hazelnut Bark

For this month's team recipe, I was going for expediency! My work life is keeping me busy at the moment so I wanted a recipe that was 1. Fast and easy 2. Using ingredients I had in my pantry 4. An indulgent treat for myself because I've had my nose buried in spreadsheets all months and I deserve it (ha!).

This recipe took me less than 15 minutes and now I have a plate of delicious bark to nibble on all week (and I might share with my family). 

My Ingredients: 

9 oz Milk Chocolate Discs (1 package)

2 oz Chopped Roasted Hazelnuts

1 tsp Sea Salt (I used our table sea salt but flakes would be nice too).

Aubrey’s Rose, Pistachio and Strawberry Bark 

This recipe is Valentine’s Day perfection and absolutely gorgeous. Plus, it tastes incredible! The flavorful toppings include a little tart and some salt to help balance the sweetness of the white chocolate.

My Ingredients: 

9oz White Chocolate Discs 

¼ cup dried culinary rose petals 

¼ cup roasted pistachios, roughly chopped 

⅓ cup freeze dried strawberries, lightly crushed 

½ tsp pink salt

Christina’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bark 

I absolutely love chocolate covered strawberries but make a point to only buy strawberries when they are in season (the flavor is so much better!), so I decided to bring this treat to live in bark form.

My Ingredients: 

9oz White Chocolate Discs 

3oz 81% Dark Chocolate 

1oz Freeze Dried Strawberries

To make this bark, start by pulverizing the freeze dried strawberries. I used a coffee grinder but a blender would work well too. Then melt the white chocolate and dark chocolate separately. Stir the strawberry powder into the white chocolate and spread it thinly on the prepared surface. Drizzle the dark chocolate over the top. I used a spoon to pour thick lines across my bark then dragged a toothpick across it to make the design.

Bonus Maple Sugar Bark 

I had melted too much dark chocolate, so I also made a quick bark using 81% chocolate topped with Harwood Gold’s maple sugar sprinkles. Such a delicious combination!

If you make chocolate bark at home, let us know how it goes! And don’t forget to tag us in your photos @grocersdaughter!




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