Dark and White Chocolate Bark with Mixed Fruits & Nuts
This Dark and White Chocolate Bark with Mixed Fruits & Nuts is a great post dinner dessert and also naturally high in Vitamin E thanks to the fantastic combination of fruits and nuts! They are delicious treats for the family and make wonderful holiday gifts for loved ones too!
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Happy December all! 🤗 I know we’re in four days already, but you just can’t help but be jolly and optimistic throughout the entire month, right?
Today I’m sharing a sweet recipe – a chocolate bark – that you can easily make at home. These delicious pieces of joy are not only excellent holiday gifts for friends and family, but they’re wonderful treats to have around the house all year round for when a sugar craving strikes! 😉
Confession guys, but I was SERIOUSLY late to this making your own chocolate bark game. And I SERIOUSLY cannot believe how easy it is to make your own chocolate at home!
Or, well, reconstruct chocolate and customize it to your taste that is! 😉
I am a MAJOR chocoholic. And one that spends quite a bit on chocolate at duty free shops whenever I travel (I swear that crazy woman at the airport who was sitting on an overflowing trolley bag exploding with boxes and bags and whatnot of chocolates while attempting to zip it up was NOT me 🙄🤷).
Even when I’m at supermarkets and meant to be shopping for ingredients and essentials for meals, I occasionally somehow come home with more chocolate than food! As much as I love my spicy food, I love my chocolate equally as much. And I just gotta have that piece (read: a couple of pieces or an entire bar!) of chocolate after dinner pretty much everyday. 😉
A few months ago, I came across Tanya’s gorgeous White Chocolate Tropical Bark and that was the first time I discovered this phenomena of making your own chocolate bark at home. It stunned me completely and got me all excited about creating my own personalized chocolate with all my favorites.
Guys, this discovery totally gave me the feeling of euphoria and I essentially felt like I had discovered a pot of gold!
HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE BARK
For this chocolate bark, I went the dark and white chocolate route and used Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate chips because I wanted to balance out the bitterness from the prior with the sweetness from the latter.
First, I melted the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, then folded an assortment of dried fruits and nuts into it.
I used a box of mixed fruits and nuts that I got from Marks & Spencer, which has a really decent variety and is totally delicious and naturally high in Vitamin E (good for healthy skin and eyes 🙌). Plus you get a lot of natural sweetness from the sultanas, golden raisins, and apple juice infused dried cranberries so you don’t have to worry about the dark chocolate being too bitter. I also love the crunch you get in the chocolate from the almonds, pecans, cashews and pistachios. Yum!
But you can totally use whatever assortment of fruits and nuts you prefer or buy any readymade assortment like I did. 👌
After folding the fruits and nuts into the semi-sweet chocolate, I poured the mixture onto a baking tray lined with non-stick cooking paper and use a silicone spatula to spread it into a rectangular shape. Next, I melted the white chocolate and spooned it on top of the bittersweet chocolate in two lines. Then, I used a toothpick to make the swirls on the white chocolate. You can also use a cocktail stirrer to achieve the same too.
One of my favorite chocolates on this planet is McVities Nibbles, which are chocolate coated biscuit balls. Hello! Hi! 👋 Yummy and get in my tummy! 😋
If you haven’t tried these, please do yourself a favor and go out and get a bag of either the Caramel, Milk, or Dark Chocolate ones. These babies make life seriously good. So they obviously had to be the crowning glory on top of my chocolate bark. 😉
I used the Dark Chocolate Nibbles and lined them down on top of the white chocolate swirly strips. Then, I added a small handful of more fruits and nuts and lined them down the bittersweet chocolate strips for a bit of decoration.
Last but not least, I sprinkled some sea salt flakes (optional) across the chocolate bark cause I like to be fancy like that sometimes. 😉 Plus it just adds just the right amount of contrast to the sweet flavors.
Since I occasionally lack patience (umm, who doesn’t when it comes to chocolate?! 😜), I popped the baking tray in the fridge and 30 minutes later it was properly firm so I could cut it up into pieces and eat (read: INHALE!) the deliciousness that was my very first chocolate bark! You can do the same to speed up the process for it to set, or you can just leave it untouched for 2 hours and it will set on its own.
Being able to make my own chocolate, and more importantly, being able to customize it however I like was a mind-boggling discovery for me. My entire family was giddy with excitement too and they could hardly constrain themselves from pouncing on it once it was ready!
Although I used mixed fruits and nuts and chocolate Nibbles as toppings, you can choose any of your favorite toppings! Some ideas are:
- Candied Ginger
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Mini Marshmallows
- Toffee Bits
- Crushed Oreos
- Pretzel Bits
- Dried Bananas
- Flaked Coconut
- Crushed Almonds
- Chopped Peppermint Candy
- Chopped Candy Cane
- …..and the list can go on and on!
If you need more ideas, just hit up the baking goods aisle at your local supermarket/grocery store and you’ll be surprised with how much inspiration you can find there!
You also can use your favorite type of chocolate chips for the base – so far I’ve tried mint, milk chocolate, and also peanut butter chocolate chips for swirls in some of my other creations. But don’t just limit yourself to just chocolate flavor variations – feel free to be adventurous and mix in extracts like almond or peppermint to take the flavor up to a whole another level! 😉
I’ll be posting my Spicy Chocolate Bark with Almonds & Candied Ginger soon, so don’t forget to check back in for a spicy Christmas-y variation! 🎄☃️
Happy December again everyone!🤗 Here’s to wishing you lots of joy, love, good health, and family togetherness throughout this month! ❤️Print
Dark and White Chocolate Bark with Mixed Fruits & Nuts
This Dark and White Chocolate Bark with Mixed Fruits & Nuts is a great post dinner dessert and also naturally high in Vitamin E thanks to the fantastic combination of fruits and nuts! They are fantastic treats for the family and make wonderful holiday gifts for loved ones too!
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 20-22 pieces
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Refrigerate
- Cuisine: American
- 3 cups Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
- ½ cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1 + ¼ cup Mixed Nuts & Dried Fruits, plus a few more pieces for decoration (I used a mix from Marks & Spencer that had sultanas, golden raisins, almonds, cashew nuts, dried cranberries, pistachio nuts, and pecan nuts.)
- 20 pieces McVities’s Digestives Dark Chocolate Nibbles (or any other chocolate coated biscuit balls)
- 1/8 – ¼ TSP Sea Salt Flakes (optional)
- Line a large baking tray with non-stick cooking paper.
- Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir and repeat until completely melted and fluid.
- Fold the mixed nuts and fruit into the melted semi-sweet chocolate and pour on the non-stick cooking paper. Use a silicone/rubber spatula or large spoon to spread into a rectangular shape until even.
- Melt the white chocolate chips using the same method as for the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir until completely fluid.
- Spoon the melted white chocolate onto semi-sweet chocolate & fruits and nuts mixture in two strips across lengthwise. Use a toothpick or cocktail stirrer to make swirls.
- Line the McVities’s Digestives Dark Chocolate Nibbles across the white chocolate strips and line the semi-sweet chocolate strips with extra mixed fruit and nuts for decoration.
- Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the chocolate bark if desired.
- Let cool completely for at least 2 hours so it can set or place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until fully firm before cutting into pieces.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 1-2 weeks. During cooler climates, you can store the container in a cool dry area and away from sunlight to prevent melting.
- Serving Size: 1 large piece
- Calories: 357
- Sugar: 28.9g
- Sodium: 127.8mg
- Fat: 19.8g
- Saturated Fat: 11.8g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 44.8g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Protein: 4.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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