BLOG-Mas Day 8
Welcome to Day 8 of Blogmas and welcome back to DIYS . This is one in a series of edible DIY gifts , if that’s your thing. As with crafty DIYS , sometimes baking your own gifts can be more costly and definitely time consuming BUT if you are savvy and do it in bulk it can turn out more budget friendly and of course it is made with loads of love.
Today’s DIY is Christmas Bark which is essentially chocolate filled with many things and broken into shards of deliciousness. Please stay tuned…
WHAT YOU NEED
1) Chocolate – I chose Cadbury milk chocolate . You can use chocolate chips or candy melts as well, I personally find candy melts a bit too sweet in large amounts hence my choice of regular eating chocolate.
2) More chocolate – To compliment your main chocolate . I chose white candy melts but you can use any colour or type of chocolate you wish. I think peanut butter chips(like chocolate chips but out of peanut butter) would go well with this.
3) Stuff– What I mean is, miscellaneous morsels such as dried fruit, nuts, candies etc. I used a trail mix I had containing dried cranberries, salted cashews, almonds and dark chocolate chips.
4) Wax/Parchment paper– To line the container you use.
5) Pan/Cookie Sheet– Alternately you can use a silicone mat.
WHAT TO DO
Line your sheet ahead of time and clear some space in the refrigerator .
1) Melt the chocolate in microwave in 30 second bursts (or use double boiler technique )
2) Spread milk chocolate onto sheet.
3) Add white chocolate (or other colours ) in marble fashion .
White chocolate added
4) Press in additions (nuts, candies etc) throughout chocolate .
Add “stuff ”
5) Refrigerate and let harden-I left mine overnight .
6) Using hands or long sharp knife, break into shards.
Broken up bark
7) Wrap and gift!
Wrapped in wax paper
The bark tasted delicious , the contrast of the very sweet cranberries with the salty cashews and the mild cocoa flavour from the milk chocolate is a winning combo.
This is a cute gift. It’s great as a stocking stuffer or for a large group of persons e.g coworkers. The cost varies depending on the chocolate you use and what kind of toppings you add but no doubt it can be a fairly economical gift.
Be sure to try this one out and have an awesome day!