Chocolate Bark Recipes: The Ultimate DIY Holiday Foodie Gift

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Almond Cranberry Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate Bark: Easier than pie! 

Nothing touches the heart more than a homemade holiday gift. To get to the heart of a foodie, however, you have to go through their stomach first. No matter how sweet your foode-friend, acquaintance or spouse may be, why not make them a special dessert? For this reason, I have decided my recipe for chocolate bark.

Plus, with homemade delicious goodies as gifts, you get to package them in gorgeous packaging, instead of plain ol’ plastic wrap and branded boxes. Now that is sweet!

Peppermint chocolate bark gift boxes

via Flickr-Tracy Benjamin

Chocolate Bark makes a fabulous present because you can really cater it to your recipient’s taste. Green Diva Meg and Green Diva Mizar are prime examples of this. Here are two of my chocolate bark recipes designed just for them . . . shhhh, don’t tell them, this is their awesome holiday foodie gift from me!

Green Diva Meg’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bark

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bark
Serves 20
Yummy and easy chocolate and peanut butter bark recipe
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz. milk chocolate chunks
  2. 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  3. 4 oz. dark chocolate chunks
  4. 3/4 cup butter
  5. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  6. 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (unsalted)
Instructions
  1. Cover 1 cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease to prevent sticking. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt all the milk and dark chocolate over medium heat with 1/2 cup of the butter together. Stir constatly only until there are no chunks left over.
  3. When the mixture is silky smooth, pour evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet. Evenly spread the mixture into create your base layer of the bark.
  4. Meanwhile, in a smaller sauce pan, over medium heat, combine the 4 0z of semi sweet chocolate with the peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Spoon the peanut butter mixture over the milk chocolate layer and marbelize by swirling with a fork.
  6. Scatter the roasted peanuts on top and press down slightly so it won’t flake off the chocolate later.
  7. Cover and place in the freezer for an hour to harden or leave in the refridgerator overnight.
  8. When ready, break the large chocolate recktangle into jagged pieces. Serve and enjoy!
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Green Diva Mizar’s Mediterranean Chocolate Bark

Mediterranean Chocolate Bark
Serves 20
Another creative version of Green Diva Gina's chocolate bark
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 raw cup sliced almonds
  2. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  3. 1 tsp. raw, unfiltered honey
  4. 6 oz. milk chocolate
  5. 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  6. 12 oz. dark chocolate
  7. 1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
  8. 1/2 cup whole dried figs
Instructions
  1. Cover 2 cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease to prevent sticking. Set aside.
  2. In a small dish, combine the almonds, cinnamon and honey. On one of the prepared cookie sheets, spread out the candied almond mixture and bake in the oven uncovered at 350 degrees Farenheit until the nuts are golden brown. Set aside when finished.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, melt all of the chocolate listed with the butter on medium heat.
  4. When the mixture is silky smooth, pour evenly onto the other prepared cookie sheet. Evenly spread the mixture into create your only layer of the bark.
  5. Scatter candied almonds all over the chocolate press down slightly so they won’t flake off the chocolate later.
  6. Break up the figs with your hands and scatter then all over the chocolate as well (also not forgetting to press down slightly so they won’t flake off).
  7. Cover and place in the freezer for an hour to harden or leave in the refridgerator overnight.
  8. When ready, break the large chocolate recktangle into jagged pieces. Serve and enjoy!
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 Bonus:

Listen to the latest Green Divas Foodie-Philes podcast for more yummy recipes…

 

~Asst. Ed. Green Diva Christine

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About the author / 

Green Diva Gina
gina@thegreendivas.com'

Green Diva Gina (aka Gina Gioldassis) is fondly referred to as the “Happy” Booker & Foodie-Phile Editor. She was producing and hosting the Eco-Radio show at Drew University when we met her, and we were thrilled that she chose to come work with us after she graduated. Having been brought up in New Hampshire in a Greek family, she is a natural food explorer and enthusiastic green diva. Previously, she worked as a production intern for both WNYC's Soundcheck and New Hampshire Public Radio's All Thing's Considered. While not in the studio, she spends her time traveling, eating, doing yoga and working full-time as a finance writer. At the moment, aspires to one day master her grandmother's homemade doughnut recipe.

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