Now I am not one to need a special occasion in order to have some chocolate. In fact, it is a part of everyday life for me, because I see no harm in having a little bit of what you love regularly (though I do use this reason a little too often!) However, come Christmas pretty much every household will gather a hefty supply of chocolaty goods because it’s a tradition to share a box or two with those you love…or if like me just keep the box to yourself.
As a student, it can be a little tricky to spend a lot of money on getting presents for everyone, so I have to become a little more creative with the gifts that I give. This year, I gathered together some inspiration from Pinterest and decided to make some Christmas Chocolate Bark that is incredibly rich and sweet, with an added festive crunch!
This is a fantastic way to use up any leftover chocolate you may end up with or just a simple festive way to be creative in the kitchen. Plus if you do end up giving this away as a little gift, am sure that your time and effort used to make it will be really appreciated. I know I certainly would be very thankful!
- 200g dark chocolate
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 15g pistachios
- 15g almonds
- 15g cranberries
- 10g goji berries
Feel free to swap any of the four toppings for any of your personal favourites to give the bark your own twist to it!
- Begin by lining a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Break up all the chocolate up into a glass bowl.
- Chop the nuts up and put into a small bowl with the berries.
- In a small saucepan, fill it up half-way with water and boil over a medium heat.
- Once the water has come to boil, place the chopped chocolate that should be sitting in a metal sieve over the saucepan and turn the heat down to a simmer.
- Allow 1-3 minutes for the chocolate to melt down, stirring at intervals.
- About half-way through, pour in the maple syrup and combine thoroughly.
- Now you are going to have to act quickly at this stage!
– When the chocolate is melted down, pour gently over the lined tray and smooth out into a rectangle shape (or whatever you prefer)
- Sprinkle the nuts and berries over the melted chocolate and gently press down on them to ensure they will stick well onto the chocolate as it cools.
- Set the tray to one side to cool down for about 5 minutes before going on to the next step.
- Place the tray the fridge for at least an hour to ensure it completely solidifies.
- Finally, once the chocolate has retained its shape, take out of the fridge and chop into sizeable pieces of your choosing (the more abstract the shape the better!)
Was so impressed with how well this turned out that I am planning on making this year on year from now on. Might even attempt to make other seasonal flavours to try throughout the year too.
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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year