Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chocolate Bark {Guest Post from Kelli's Recipes}


You were obsessed with her pumpkin mac and cheese, so we are thrilled to welcome Kelli from Kelli's Recipes back to the blog! Today she is sharing an amazing chocolate bark that is sure to be the hit of your holiday party - it would also make a fantastic gift!

Chocolate Bark (by Kelli's Recipes)
Ingredients



* 1 and 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers
* 2 sticks salted butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 12 oz. dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips 
* 8 oz. white chocolate chips
* Chopped nuts (I used sliced almonds)
* Chopped dried fruit (I used diced apricots and cranberries) 
* Sea Salt 

Line a jelly roll pan with heavy duty large tin foil. Have a ridiculously cute toddler line the pan with saltine crackers (or do it yourself). You may need to cut some in half to fit tightly in the pan.



In a small pot, melt butter and sugar over medium heat. Whisk constantly for 3 minutes until it comes together and starts to pull away from the sides of the pot. Pour and spread evenly over saltines.



Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 7 minutes or until the crackers are light brown. Watch out, the crackers may burn quickly.  

While the crackers are in the oven, pour the dark chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Microwave another minute and stir. The chocolate should be melted. Set aside. Then repeat with with white chocolate chips in a separate bowl for 1 minute, stir, then 30 seconds. Allow to cool slightly. Then pour the white chocolate into a baggie and cut a small tip in the corner of the bag.


Remove the pan from the oven. Some of the crackers may have shifted. Put them back into place. With an offset spatula, spread the melted dark chocolate over the crackers.



Then drizzle the white chocolate over that.



Sprinkle nuts and dried fruit over the chocolate and press into the chocolate with clean hands (use gloves if you're planning to make bark for people who don't love your germs).



You want press the fruit in and pull up a little chocolate through the fruit so it's exposed on the surface.



Sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate until hard (about 2 hours). Then remove foil (be careful to get it all) and break into pieces.


I store this in the fridge leading up to Christmas. It also makes a great gift and is beautiful by itself on a platter or scattered over cookie trays.



This bark freezes well and is nice to have on hand for unexpected company; it doesn't take very long to thaw. Have fun with this method and top the bark with your favorite chocolate, nuts, fruit. Accessorize according to your taste!


This recipe was adapted by Kelli from a kind lady, Mrs. P. Mrs. P made it with all white chocolate and macadamia nuts, which is also amazing. 

We are absolutely loving this holiday treat - thanks to Kelli for sharing her culinary skills with us again today! For more deliciousness and kitchen inspiration, make sure you follow Kelli at Kelli's Recipes.

How would you customize your chocolate bark toppings?

xoxo
B

Linking up today with EmilyJennifer JuniperKaryn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryJessicaMandySusanLisaNatasha, and Lisa!

All photos and recipe text are the exclusive property of Kelli's Recipes.

24 comments :

  1. YUM! This sounds absolutely amazing!! I think I'm going to have to try this out! :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. It even has super cute packaging. I've made this without the crackers, used pretzels for some salt and it was such a hit! I may have to incorporate the crackers next time to try!

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  3. The presentation for this bark is gorgeous! I love the dried fruit addition!

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  4. Love the addition of the dried fruit in this recipe - so many options that you can choose from!! Such a great little gift to give!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  5. This sounds so yummie. Love the packaging.

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  6. That looks so good and seems so easy to make!!

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  7. this is freaking brilliant! what a great idea to give as gifts as well.

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  8. What a cute idea! I had no clue how bark was made but it all make sense now! Looks amazing!

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  9. YUM! I make peppermint bark every year, but I may have to try this out too :)

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  10. Chocolate just makes me happy. So it goes without saying that I am loving this recipe. Wonderful post

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  11. WHAT? Crackers? I am totally saving this. It looks & sounds DELISH! Onto Pinterest it shall go!

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  12. This looks delicious and it is so pretty!
    Sarah
    coffeeandglitter14.blogspot.com

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  13. I've never seen this with crackers, YUM!

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  14. Well that looks delicious and like something fun and different!

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  15. Please tell Kelli she has the BEST recipes! Not only do these sound amazing but they're so cute as well!

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  16. Wow! They look so pretty and delicious! Definitely pinning this one!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  17. YUM. My coworker makes this but stops after the chocolate layer. I'm loving all the toppings though!

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  18. That looks delicious! Stopping by from the linkup. :)

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  19. This looks yummy!

    Xo Miss Erin
    See what I have to say at:
    www.misserinsays.com

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  20. This is AWESOME! I am craving that now. xo

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  21. This looks SO good!! I love the apricot/cranberry addition. Thanks for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

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