For a long time I have wanted to try making my own chocolate bark, as it always looks really interesting and delicious but of course is super simple! I am completely addicted to the delicious peppermint taste of candy canes and as you might expect they are pretty difficult to find when it’s not Christmas. So when I was out shopping in Lincoln and saw some I knew I had to buy them. I was thinking of making some milk and white chocolate bark with a mixture of nuts and cranberries, however after buying my candy canes I couldn’t think of anything better than milk and white chocolate bark covered in shards of smashed candy canes 🙂
Candy Cane Chocolate Bark
You will need:
420g ‘Base’ Chocolate – Milk/Dark Chocolate (Choice of chocolate is completely up to you! If you prefer just milk, use all milk – if you would like a mixture, use half milk and half dark)
180g ‘Top’ Chocolate – White Chocolate (Again you can chose to leave this out or use white for the base of the bark and milk/dark chocolate for the top)
6 Candy Canes (I chose to smash up 5 then break 1 into larger pieces to add some more texture – but you can do whatever takes your fancy!)
Let’s get started!
- Begin by lining a large flat baking sheet/tray with grease proof/non stick baking paper (Ensure that your paper is larger than your tray and that the tray has a slight raised edge to prevent chocolate from spilling off the end).
- Put your candy canes into a plastic food bag, seal and break into small pieces using a rolling pin or in my case a wooden spoon! (How much you break them up is up to you, but you can always keep a few to break into larger pieces later).
- Melt your chosen chocolates in separate bowls, either over simmering water (Ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) or carefully in a microwave (A lot of people say to me that they find using a microwaves burns their chocolate, however I always use this method with no problems. To prevent burnt chocolate, try removing the chocolate frequently and give it a stir. Often although the chocolate doesn’t look melted the residual heat is enough to melt all the chocolate after a good mix, and will mean you need to apply less heat overall – which should prevent burning).
- Leave to cool slightly, before pouring all of your ‘base’ chocolate onto the tray, spreading out evenly using the back of a spoon or palette knife.
- Once happy, gently pour your ‘top’ chocolate unevenly across the ‘base’ (You can either do this a bit at a time, or pour it all on at once like me!).
- Taking a table knife or cocktail stick, drag the different chocolates into one another. Be creative! You can create swirls and even hearts (Could be good for homemade Valentine’s day treats…) with a little practise and playing around.
- When finished, gently sprinkle your smashed candy canes onto the chocolate, making sure to cover as much as possible.
- You can then add any extra larger pieces you have saved.
- Wrap in cling film or cover in a tea towel and allow to set in the freezer for around 10 minutes.
- Once set you can now chop or break the bark into pieces.
- You are all done! 🙂
What is there not to love about chocolate bark? Not only does it look beautiful no matter what you put on it, but it is so quick and easy to make – you don’t even need to turn on the oven. I love how this bark turned out, the shards of candy cane give a delicious peppermint taste and bright red & white colour, while the mixture of white and milk chocolate give a marbled look that makes a great tasting base. Another great thing about chocolate bark is how easy it is to personalise, I think it would taste great sprinkled with broken pieces of honeycomb, caramelised nuts, mini marshmallows, popcorn or coffee beans!
Your imagination and creativity can really run wild with this recipe, and you can make it for anyone and any occasion – milk/white chocolate covered in sweets for a children’s birthday party or dark chocolate sprinkled with pieces of crystallised ginger for a more grown up treat. Store your chocolate bark in the fridge, or you do risk it warming up and melting! Definitely give this recipe ago 🙂
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