Who doesn’t love a piece of good chocolate, or more? Chocolate makes me happy. It’s comfort food for my soul. People enjoy and share chocolate when they are happy, celebrating something, when they are sad, or depressed, when it’s cold outside with a hot cocoa, or during the summer with some s′mores. Can you relate?
But, there is nothing easier than making chocolate bark. You can add just about anything and everything that you wish. Dry fruits, all sorts of nuts, sea salt, even a mystery ingredient… like the one in this recipe. Let’s make one together and then you go on and make your own!
- 2 cups Milk Chocolate, I used Guittard Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Extra Dark Chocolate, I used Guittard Chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups Walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 cup Roasted Pistachios, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups Dry Cranberries
- 2 tablespoons Bee Pollen
- 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
- Melt each chocolate in the microwave over 30 seconds increments.
- Mix and repeat until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Note: It usually takes me about two to three tries, depending on the amount of chocolate.
- Prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread the milk chocolate into an even layer. There's no need to cover the entire sheet. You want the chocolate bark to have a certain height.
- Top with nuts and dry fruits.
- Using a spoon drizzle the melted dark chocolate.
- Finally drizzle the bee pollen and sea salt.
- Chill to set.
- Once set, break into pieces. Enjoy!
- Store any left overs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g
Saw how easy it is to make? Melt the chocolate you like the most, choose the toppings you have on hand and make it as colorful and fun as you wish. This makes a great gift specially during the holidays. The chocolate barks can be personalized for everyone in your list. Think colors, flavor combinations and eliminate things they won’t like or can’t eat like nuts if they are allergic. The best part of this chocolate is that it is gluten and nut free. I love it!
Now, lets talk about the mystery ingredient I used. Bee pollen. Chemical analyses of bee pollen show that it is nutritionally diverse, primarily containing carbohydrates but also protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. At occasions I add about a teaspoon or so over my salad, over granola and even over ice cream.
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate… anything goes when it comes to barks. As you can see my favorite includes sweet and salty flavors, double chocolate – always, and the nuts and dry fruits I happen to have in the pantry. Finally, bring in some marshmallow and graham crackers and turn this sweet and salty double chocolate bark into an even more gourmet treat!
Share with me, which is your favorite chocolate bark combination?