If your house is anything like mine right now, you will be drowning in chocolate, biscuits and various other sweet treats! With the New Year fast approaching (& new years resolutions kicking in) you probably want to get rid of most of them!
I always find that after Boxing Day, visitors are a lot less willing to indulge in standard biscuits and chocolate’s, but who can resist a homemade treat?! (Not me- or any of my siblings- so I’m taking that as a good enough sample!)
I made a couple of different versions but the principle is the same, gather all the chocolate you can find- raid the selection boxes, tree chocolates and all the plain choc Quality Streets/Roses/Hero’s/Celebrations (no favouritism here!) as well as any other snacks (I used candy canes, dried cranberries, shortbread and cashew nuts) and then we can begin!
1- Put each of the toppings (e.g. candy canes, dried cranberries etc.) into a separate food bag and break into pieces by hitting with a rolling pin, then set aside
2- Place whatever chocolate you have found in a heatproof bowl, broken into smaller pieces if necessary, and then melt slowly over a bain-marie (place the bowl over a pan of simmering water)
3- Line a baking tray with parchment, then pour the melted chocolate onto the sheet and spread around with a spatula (nothing fancy, not too thin so it’s transparent and as thick as you wish!)
4- Sprinkle over your toppings! If you think they may be a bit lose, press down lightly to make sure there is as much contact with the chocolate.
5- Refrigerate for at least an hour or until the chocolate is completely solid again and then use a sharp knife to cut into irregular shards! (Our house is so hot I ended up storing the bark in the fridge as it melted after 10 mins at ‘room temp’- it certainly was NOT room temperature!)
This lasted a matter of hours, and that was whilst it was out of sight in the fridge so I dread to think how quickly it would have gone if I’d been able to leave it on the side! I guess this means that everyone liked it? & I don’t have to eat all the chocolate myself now (like that would be difficult…)
I hope you had a fab Christmas & Happy New Year!