Great as a Christmas gift or tasty snack for yourself, candy bark is a delicious and easy treat to make during the holidays.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Vanessa Roccio from Southern Living Test Kitchens. It's Christmas time, and it's a great time to start making candy's Gifts, and we are here to make bark. This is a simple recipe that I absolutely love. We're gonna start with plain old dark sweet chocolate, white chocolate. We have almond bar, chocolate chips. We have fruits, nuts, peppermint. You can add all kinds of things to this. We have squares right here of chocolate. You just take it and you break it apart, and make a checkerboard pattern. You fill up the entire tray that's lined with parchment paper and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about ten minutes, until it starts to melt. [MUSIC]. The one thing I love about bark, it's a great gift, it's wonderful for a snack, and it's also great on a dessert table during your holiday parties. When you take it out of the oven, all you need to do is take a metal spatula or knife and start to slowly swirl through the chocolate. When you swirl the chocolate, it's absolutely beautiful, especially when you start to break it up. It gives it all different contrast, in flavors and looks. Now we're gonna smooth it out. Take the spatula, just run it across the chocolate and smooth it out, so you get a little bit of a flat surface and then you can sprinkle anything you want on it. I like to sprinkle pecans that have been toasted or almonds and then, to get that salty sweet taste, I like to add a little bit of kosher salt on top. It gives it a little different flair and a grown-up taste. After you sprinkle your favorite toppings, you need to let it sit out on the counter for at least an hour to cool. Then it's easy to break up. This is white chocolate peppermint bark that's cooled completely and easily comes right out of the pan. So you can see there's wax paper, and it peels right off the back. Just popping it with your hands, break up the white chocolate. What I like about making this bark, is all the ingredients you need are at the grocery store. This one right here is the chocolate, with apricots and toasted almonds. So it has that nice toasted almond flavor with a little bit of dried fruit. It's a little softer than the other one. So make sure your hands are a little cool too, before you begin to break it up. I'm gonna show you how easy it is to assemble this gift. Pile up the chocolate in the middle of the tissue paper, pull up the tissue paper, take the bag, and slide it in. And here's your Christmas gift ready to go.