Dark Chocolate & Almond Bark

I am a chocolate fiend. That should be no secret considering the dessert section of this blog is exclusively a list of chocolate recipes. One of my favorite chocolate treats is ‘bark’, which, if I didn’t know any better, was named after a doggy treat. I’m not sure what it is about bark that makes it a completely different experience than any other piece of chocolate. Maybe it’s the irregularly shaped chunks that it comes in. It feels imperfectly natural…as if it was a natural food.

The creation of chocolate bark isn’t a recipe as much as it is a reformation of a perfectly shaped piece of chocolate. The process is simple: melt chocolate, add toppings (almonds in this case), re-harden in the fridge and break apart with your hands! It may seem elementary, but the process leads to such a better experience that it makes it totally worthwhile.

Recipe

Serving Size (10-15 pieces)

Estimated time: 1 hour (15 minutes cooking, 45 minutes cooling)

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz your favorite dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup almonds (sliced, whole or chopped…your choice)

What You’ll Need:

  • small, shallow baking pan
  • heatproof bowl
  • small pot
  • parchment paper

Directions:

  1. pour 1″ of water in a pot and bring to a simmer. lower heat to low and create a double broiler (by placing bowl on top of the pot)
  2. break chocolate into smaller pieces and melt in the bowl
  3. once melted, add almonds to the chocolate and stir
  4. line baking sheet with parchment paper
  5. pour melted chocolate into lined baking pan
  6. place into the fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 1 hour
  7. once fully solid, break sheet of chocolate into smaller pieces and serve (break pieces using your hands, but covered in parchment paper to avoid melting)
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5 Comments on “Dark Chocolate & Almond Bark”

  1. Yum! (And I just finished eating chocolate-walnut fudge, too!). :) Great photo, too!

  2. Cassie says:

    I can not wait to eat this, can not wait. Or make it. I’ll have to find an excuse to make someone something. :)

  3. Me too, I keep snacking on the stuff – at least it’s scientifically suspected to aid weight loss… I think this looks delicious. I’ve never made a bark myself, but perhaps I shall! :D

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  5. Bernadine Goodpasture says:

    Dark chocolates and milk chocolates are the best. .

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