Customizable Chocolate Bark

With Valentines Day right around the corner, you might be trying to think of a creative gift for your loved ones. What could be better than making something with your own hands and personalizing it to their taste? Unlike a lot of other candies, Chocolate Bark is easy to make at home. It is an excellent gift or just a fun way to experiment with different ingredient combinations. The sky is the limit since you can sprinkle just about anything onto the melted chocolate.

All you need for equipment is a metal bowl and a pot it fits into, some wax paper, a cookie sheet, and a spatula.

Good quality chocolate can be purchased in the Co-op baking section. We especially recommend the Callebaut Belgian Dark Chocolate. If you cannot have sugar, we recommend using Lily’s chocolate chips, which are sweetened with stevia. As for ingredients to use as toppings, there are a plethora of options in the Bulk Department. Here is a list of some of the particularly delicious ones:

  • Coconut (smiles. chips, and shreds)

  • Hazelnuts

  • Walnuts

  • Pecans

  • Peanuts

  • Almonds

  • Pumpkin Seeds

  • Cacao Nibs

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Dried Blueberries

  • Dried Apricots

  • Currants

  • Goji Berries

  • Tart Cherries

  • Coffee

  • Chili Peppers (several varieties)

  • Cinnamon

  • Lavender

  • Himalayan Pink Salt

Chop the chocolate into smaller chunks and place in the metal bowl. Put some water in the pot and float the bowl on it. Heat the water until the chocolate has melted. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour the melted chocolate on to it, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.

While the chocolate is still hot, sprinkle your chosen toppings. You can also drizzle another type of chocolate (like white chocolate) over the other toppings, or even experiment with drizzling honey. You can also swirl nut butter into the chocolate.

When you’re satisfied with your bark, place the tray in the fridge and chill until the chocolate sets. Once this has happened, break the bark into pieces using your hands or a knife.

Chocolate Bark can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge. However, we think it will be gobbled up much faster than that!