DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last-Minute

12.23.2012

DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute So it’s only two days before Christmas and time is running out.  You want to give something thoughtful and handmade…but just can’t deal with cookies or fudge.  How about Holiday Chocolate Bark?  It’s super-easy (just melt chocolate chips and add mix-ins!), takes about 20 minutes to set in the fridge, and is totally customizable to your (or the recipient’s!) tastes.  DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last MinuteHere are 4 delicious and easy recipes I whipped up in a flash, all built upon a single basic recipe.

Basic Recipe:DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

1. Cover a baking sheet with foil or wax paper (a spray of cooking spray will help hold the paper or foil down).

2. Add 1/2 T canola oil to a 12 oz bag of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.  This is your Base.

3. Microwave on high about 1 minute; stir.  Microwave for 30-second increments a few more times, stirring in-between, until the chocolate chips are completely melted.  (Be careful not to over-heat!  Your chocolate will seize up – and the remedy for this is to add more oil and gently heat in 10-second increments until you can get the chocolate liquidy again.)

4.  Working quickly, stir in the Flavoring (if the recipe calls for it), then stir in the Mix-Ins.

5. Pour out onto the baking sheet and use a spatula to spread out.  Sprinkle with Topping if the recipe calls for it.

6. Place the sheet in the fridge about 20 minutes until firm.

7. Break into small pieces with your hands.  Enjoy!

So here’s how to customize: just choose your recipe and follow the how-to above.  Easy as…pie bark!

{ Coconut Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bark }
DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

A creamy taste of the tropics.  White chocolate has a pretty distinct taste, so to cover it up and make it taste more “tropical” I added some coconut flavoring.DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

Base: 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips + 1/2 T canola oil (I needed a little more since my white chocolate seized)

Flavoring: 1 tsp coconut flavoring (optional)

Mix-ins: 1 cup chopped dried pineapple rings, 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Topping: 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut

 

{ Double Peppermint Bark }DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

The perfect holiday recipe.  Use the same brand of chocolate for the Base and the Top Layer for maximal adhesion between the two (I’ve used two different brands before, and had the Top Layer separate from the Base when I cracked it into pieces).DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

Base: 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips + 1/2 T canola oil

Flavoring: 1 tsp peppermint flavoring

*Top Layer: 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips + 1/2 T canola oil

Mix-ins: crushed candy canes

Topping: crushed candy canes

*For this recipe, spread out the bottom flavored base layer first onto the pan, and cool in the fridge.  When hard, then melt the top layer chips, add the mix-ins, and spread on top of the Base layer.  Sprinkle with the topping, then place in the fridge again to harden completely.

 

{ Salted Caramel Cashew Bark }

DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last MinuteThis is the at-home DIY version of my FAVORITE Godiva chocolate bark…which is a whopping $12 a bar at the store.

DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

Base: 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips + 1/2 T canola oil

Mix-ins: 12 chopped soft caramels (Werther’s makes a soft version of their famous caramels which works really well in this recipe…and Lil Tot ate one just before I took the above photo), 1/2 cup chopped raw cashew nuts

Topping: 1.5 tsp chunky Maldon sea salt

 

{ Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bark }DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

A grown-up version of chocolate-covered cherries, packed with antioxidants.DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

Base: 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips + 1/2 T canola oil

Mix-ins: 1 cup whole dried sweetened cherries, 1/2 cup chopped slivered blanched almonds

Topping: fine salt sprinkles (optional)

DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last MinuteDIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last MinuteFor gift-giving, drop broken bark bits into colored cellophane bags, or package in a beautiful gift box like this above from a gift box kit by Martha Stewart (available at Michael’s in the Scrapbooking section).  And don’t forget to enjoy some chocolate bark yourself!!DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last Minute

Happy Holidays to one and all~

Carly




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Tags: chocolate bark, Christmas

 

 

5 Comments on DIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last-Minute

  1. Kimmy D.
    12.24.2012 at 8:39 am (2 years ago)

    Great photos! Thanks for the tips! Happy Holidays! Enjoy.

    check out my Christmas instagram giveaway @kimmydislandgirl

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  2. liz
    1.02.2013 at 7:31 pm (2 years ago)

    i made a variation on the peppermint bark with andes mint chips for my office. everyone loved it!! thanks for posting the recipe, esp with the canola oil tip. i was never quite sure how to [successfully] melt chocolate without the hassle of a double boiler!
    liz recently posted..happy new year!

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    • carlyjcais
      1.03.2013 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

      Ooh, awesome! That sounds so delicious. I love Andes mints!! Thanks for trying that out, and your variation on the recipe :-)

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  3. Rachel
    4.05.2013 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    How dare you make something that looks so delicious! I’ve been too busy to check my favorite fashion blogs and I’m just now catching up…..in April! I think maybe I’ll make some anyway……:)

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    • carlyjcais
      4.06.2013 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

      hahahaha! I totally LOL’ed at what you wrote:-) The great thing is, you could make chocolate bark anytime, not just limited to the holidays… I often make it with just 2T of chocolate chips (about 80 cal), and add in 1 T of chopped nuts and 1 T of dried fruit…and it’s a 150 cal treat that can be made with the chocolate spread *really* thin so it lasts a long time and doesn’t break a diet…But that white chocolate pineapple coconut chocolate bark I made was sooooo delicious – like ambrosia! I swear, my mouth is watering just thinking about it…I shall have to make a small treat for myself this weekend…

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