Impressive-looking but easy to make, chocolate bark makes a delectable dessert. With a few simple ingredients – that you may already have in your pantry, whip up this no-bake sweet in minutes. Follow our step-by-step photos for a no-stress sweet treat.
A spicy, citrus-infused bark that’s incredibly delicious and a little out of the ordinary.
Prep 10 min
Microwave 6 min
Refrigerate 45 min
Makes 16 pieces
1-in. (2.5-cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled
6 squares white chocolate, about 6 oz (168 g) chopped
6 squares semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, about 6 oz (168 g) chopped
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped candied ginger
1. Finely grate 2 tsp (10 mL) peel from orange.
|TIP – Use a fresh orange|
2. Finely grate ginger, it should measure about 1 tsp (5 mL). Set both grated orange and ginger aside.
|TIP – Pat the grated ginger and orange zest dry with a paper towel to remove any moisture|
3. Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Place white and semi-sweet chocolate in separate bowls or large measuring cups.
4. Microwave white chocolate, on medium, stirring halfway through, until almost melted, 3 to 4 min.
5. Then stir until completely melted. Add orange peel and stir until evenly mixed. Repeat melting with semi-sweet chocolate and stir in fresh ginger until completely melted.
6. Pour semi-sweet chocolate onto waxed paper forming 3 thick strips about 10-in. (25 cm) long, leaving a 1-in. (2.5-cm) space between each.
7. Pour white chocolate into spaces.
8. Spread strips out so they touch; it’s okay if they run into each other.
9. Draw a knife tip back and forth across strips to create a marbled effect. (Large swirls look better than small ones.)
|TIP – Use a large figure 8 motion to help create this effect|
10. Sprinkle with candied ginger.
|TIP – Find candied ginger in the baking or candy section|
11. Refrigerate until hardened, 45 to 60 min. Break into pieces. Bark will keep well, stored in an airtight container or in a sealed plastic bag, in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
Nutrients per piece 1 g protein, 6 g fat, 15 g carbs, 11 mg sodium, 1 g fibre, 29 mg calcium, 118 calories
For a tasty alternative, try one of the following:
Chocolate Chewy Almond Bark
If you’re planning to give chocolate bark as a hostess gift, here are few decorative options for packaging them up and making your Pollock-esque creation pretty. If you’re traveling with it, you don’t need to be too worried if you break an extra piece. Just remember to keep them in a relatively cool place so that the chocolate doesn’t melt.
You can find these instant gift boxes in Chinatown in a myriad of sizes and colours.
Using cellophane bags is a simple way to show off your creation – just pop the bark in and close the bag with a ribbon bow.