Holiday Bark

Holiday Bark

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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!

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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!)

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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!

Tara xo

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  • Sarah Pratley

    Oh my goodness – this looks soo delicious! I will have to try it with all the Christmas leftovers 🙂 you take amazing photos! x

    http://sarahpratley.com/

    • I had visions of mine still being around at easter so had to disguise it & trick everyone else into eating it for me! That’s so kind of you to say, Thank you!

  • These look AMAZING! Surley it can’t be bad to make these after the Christmas period?! haha
    Your photos are brill 🙂

    Check out my blog – courtneyhanna.blogspot.co.uk
    Courtney xx

    • No they are definitely a year round staple! So good to make in a pinch and with the fruit & nuts you can kid yourself they’re not too unhealthy!

  • Ami

    These look delicious, I love how bright the candy canes are! I didn’t realise you were meant to cut them with a sharp knife, I made bark last night but snapped it with my fingers and didn’t get nice shaped shards like yours!

    Ami x
    http://www.cranberryandapricot.com

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