by Nicole Wines
This is a great go-to dessert recipe for a potluck because if it doesn’t all get eaten (it probably will), it’s easy for the host to save and has a longer shelf life than many other deserts. It also makes a great gift for chocolate lovers. I use organic, fair-trade dark chocolate and organic nuts and seeds when I make it.
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE BARK RECIPE
-Chocolate bar(s), broken up into a few pieces
(***Info link: Why Buy Fair Trade Chocolate?)
Optional, mixed and matched to taste:
-Nuts, crushed or chopped
-Double Boiler (or two saucepans of different sizes-see below)
-Baking sheet or baking pan
-Wax paper or parchment paper
-Melt chocolate chunks in a double boiler or nested saucepan. Keep the heat low and stir often to avoid burning.
-While chocolate is melting, line baking sheet or pan with wax paper or parchment paper.
-Sprinkle with crushed nuts, seeds and/or dried fruit (alternative option-sprinkle on top of chocolate AFTER chocolate is poured into pan).
-Pour melted chocolate into the lined pan.
(NOTE: Let me take this little bit of white space to say thanks to my friend Wendy Weiner who brought her own homemade chocolate bark to a dinner and inspired me to make it myself and to share this super simple recipe and yummy chocolate photos with all of our readers. This recipe is perfect for a homemade gift too! Ok…back to the recipe…)
-Use a spoon to mix excess nut/seed/fruit mixture from the edges and to help spread the chocolate evenly to the edges of the pan.
-Let cool and harden in refrigerator.
-Once it has hardened, pop the full sheet of chocolate out of the pan, break up into chunks, eat and enjoy!
MORE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Scientific American: Why is Dark Chocolate Good for You?
List of HuffPost Articles about Fair Trade Chocolate
14 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate