Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Well, I don’t mean to sound like a real Negative Nancy, but I find this holiday gift giving thing very stressful and frustrating. Each year I have given a myriad of socks, scarves, assorted candles and fragrance items. pajamas, CD’s,  Ninja Turtles, and novelty night lights and quite honestly I’ve never seen anybody act very excited upon receiving these most generous of gifts.

So I have adopted a new holiday gift giving policy this year and that is that I will only be giving out food gifts that I make. I’m hoping that my loved ones will appreciate something that I’ve made with my own two hands and see that it has come straight from the heart and not from Macy’s.

One of the items that I’ll be making this holiday is my Chocolate Bark with Almonds. This stuff is better than any poly-cotton blend scarf or George Michael CD…and, so easy to make!  I use a good quality bittersweet chocolate and add salty roasted almonds and sweet fluffy marshmallows. The secret ingredient is espresso powder because everybody knows that coffee and chocolate were made to be together. Seriously, I know I’m gonna nail it this year.

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds 

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Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Mama’s Tips:

When melting chocolate, take care not to get any moisture into the chocolate as it will “seize”, and not to let it get too hot as chocolate burns very easily.

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Chocolate Bark with Almonds

Recipe: Easy

37 thoughts on “Chocolate Bark with Almonds

    1. Hi Peggie, I’m so glad you agree with me! I really do think folks like something homemade rather than store bought. I hope so, cause that’s what I’ll be doing this year! Happy holidays to you.

  1. Negative Nancy?? Are you referring to me, Lol? Even if you’re not…you nailed my frame of mind. 🙂 Gifts from the heart are the best…to give and receive…pinning this one for some of my gift giving. (And personal indulgence as well!) It looks spectacular!

  2. Heard all of that holiday stress – when’s the cheer come in? I always wonder. We do something similar with candied pecans – the baking is soothing, its cost effective.. and everyone loves chocolate. Well done, lady.

  3. Dear Negative,

    I spotted this heavenly concoction on Pinterest the other day, pinned it next to your Chocolate Biscotti from last year (or was it two?), and knew I’d drop by for a closer look. I must say your melt is spot on―there’s no blemish or bloom at all on the chocolate. And the photos make me swoon, as they always do. I’ve been giving food treats for years. Now it’s expected, and that’s a good thing. I have every reason to believe by the caliber of your work, your gift giving will be on target too. But if you ever come across a George Michael CD with him wearing a poly-cotton blend scarf on the cover, it may pose a tough choice to gift or not!

    Happy Holidays my friend,
    Brooks

    1. Hi Brooks, your thoughtful comments always make me laugh! Wishing you and yours a very joyous holiday. I’m looking forward to what I will see posted on Cakewalker in the year ahead! All the best,
      Sheryl

  4. Anyone who receives this chocolate bark and isn’t thrilled is either 1. nuts or 2. undeserving of your culinary treats and talents! 😉 Seriously, this bark is a wonderful gift. I have never seen those little pearls before and love what they look like on top of the bark.

  5. As a person who loves not only edible gifts but homemade gifts with love, your chocolate bark ticks all the boxes for me. Love the photos and delicious mood of the sulty chocolate against the fluffy marshmallows. Defintiely a winner!

    1. The great thing about making chocolate bark is that you can use “anything”! As far as chocolate you can use white, semi-sweet, milk or bittersweet. Once melted, you can add in dried fruit, toasted coconut, pretzels, chopped candy, crumbled potato chips, really anything you can imagine.

  6. These look utterly amazing, and so easy to make! Thanks for the tip re: moisture in chocolate. I didn’t know that & will keep it in mind.

    I agree with you re: traditional gifts vs. homemade baked goods. Last year I made salted almond chocolate candy and gave some to everyone I know. You’d have thought I gave them each a million bucks! This year, I want to try this fab chocolate bark. I mean, what’s not to love about dark chocolate. Thanks for posting this!

    1. I’m glad you like it! It is funny the reaction you get from people when you give them something homemade, yes, like you gave them a million bucks! I love that reaction! Happy holidays to you!

  7. Sheryl I love this, this week I made bark along with lots of other holiday baking recipes for my Holiday Baking Open House’s, just thing as you did, show people how to make Homemade food gifts for Christmas!! I love the this combo that you made, I will try it for sure 🙂
    Cheers and Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  8. I love the idea of making food gifts. 🙂 Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time to make my own gifts at the moment: I’m in my final year of my undergraduate degree and it is taking up a lot of my time!

    But I have bookmarked one recipe (these cashew and date truffles wp.me/p2mpz5-t6) which I think I’m going to make as a little extra gift for my mother. The chocolate bark looks delicious; I’d have to find vegetarian marshmallows though – regular marshmallows are made with gelatin.

    Wishing you a very happy festive season!

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