Sweet, Seasonal and Giftable: 4 Bark Candy Twists

October 15, 2015
Short on time, but need a quick holiday gift? Here’s one easy and delicious dark chocolate bark base recipe – with 4 special twists – that will have you winning at gift giving this holiday season. No matter the occasion, these simple, easy to make treats will have friends and family begging for more. After all, ‘tis the season for chocolate!

Dark Chocolate Base

Place 16 ounces dark chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.

Stir and microwave again in 30-second increments, stirring in between until melted. (To avoid burning precious chocolate, use this melting method for all 4 variations.)

Pour melted chocolate onto a 9” x 11” baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Spread evenly with a spatula.

Variation 1: Dark Chocolate Candy Corn Bark

Sweet, Seasonal and Giftable: 4 Bark Candy Twists

While the base is still warm, sprinkle candy corn on top. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Next, melt 8 ounces of white chocolate chips in the microwave. Carefully pour the white chocolate into a Ziploc® brand bag, cut the corner off, and pipe the white chocolate on the bark. Refrigerate 5 more minutes to set.

Tip: For all variations, once the bark has set, remove wax paper and break into sections. To minimize mess, use a rolling pin to break bark into pieces inside a brand bag Ziploc®.

Variation 2: Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie Bark

Sweet, Seasonal and Giftable: 4 Bark Candy Twists

Sprinkle 1 cup of whole pecans on the hot base and chill 20 minutes to set.

Melt 15 soft caramel candies with 1 tablespoon of water in the microwave. Pour the melted caramel, carefully, into a Ziploc® brand bag, and cut off the corner to drizzle the caramel over the bark. Refrigerate 5 more minutes or until set.

Variation 3: Sweet and Salty Dark Chocolate Bark

Sweet, Seasonal and Giftable: 4 Bark Candy Twists

While base is still warm, sprinkle 3 slices of cooked and chopped bacon, 1 cup of caramel popcorn, and ¼ cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds evenly on top. Refrigerate to set.

Variation 4: Gingerbread Red Hot Dark Chocolate Bark

Sweet, Seasonal and Giftable: 4 Bark Candy Twists
Place broken gingersnap cookies and cinnamon red hot candies on top of the dark chocolate base and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then, melt 8 ounces of white chocolate chips in the microwave. Carefully pour it into a Ziploc® brand bag, and cut off the corner to pipe it on the bark. Return the bark to the refrigerator to set fully.