There is a new awesome treat in town & it’s taking over Pinterest – the all-sorts-of Chocolate Barks.
Continue reading to see what the fuss is all about. It’ll be worth it, I promise.
Over the last month, give or take, there has been a new trend among treats and dessert on Pinterest. With Easter on the horizon and people slowly beginning to prepare their menus, my Pinterest feed has been filled with all kinds of sweets and desserts. All of them made in the spirit of the eggs-and-bunnies holiday. But, what looks like a shattered chocolate with uneven surface, and lots of “accessories” on top, has seem to quickly become the ultimate dessert. You may have spotted it already – the Chocolate Barks. Have I mentioned how easy-breezy these are?
Anyway, after several delicious-looking chocolate barks that I saw on Pinterest, I decided to try and make some myself. When I thought about how I wanted them to look, I almost instantly thought of this particular color combo. Several years ago, my sister’s friend told us about this cake that he made/ordered for this other friend’s birthday. I can’t quite remember this part, as you can see, but what I know for sure is the following. The inside of the cake was actually Mondrian’s Composition with Yellow, Blue & Red. I also don’t know how the cake looked on the outside, I’m guessing chocolate or something, but once it was cut, it was the composition.
This above happened last week, when I was actually planning this week’s posts. When I decided I’m making the chocolate barks using Mondrian’s color combo, I almost immediately said: “Okay, so this can go Tuesday, 7th March.” Can you imagine how surprised, excited and whatnot I was when I learned that this Tuesday, 07 March, is the actual day that Piet Mondrian was born???
Anyway, let’s continue below where you can find the instructions as to how to make this, some tips to follow, and some mistakes to avoid.
Chocolate Barks – the What-s.
Like I said, these are incredibly easy to assemble, and if you follow the directions, there’s no way you’ll miss this. The base can be white chocolate, dark chocolate. You can try with two layers, like white and dark. You can add some flavors to the chocolate barks, like vanilla flavor, peppermint, rum and whatnot. Same goes for the toppings. M&M’s, sprinkles, little chocolate figures, Oreo, nuts, and so on.
– 700 gr. White Cooking Chocolate;
or around 4 cups of White Chocolate Chips.
– Chocolate Topping.
1. Start with placing a parchment paper on the baking sheet.
2. Next, crush the M&M’s by using a zip bag or a nylon bag. If you use all the colors of the M&M’s, than you can also crush them while in their original bag. I needed only yellow, blue, and red, so I had to separate them before crushing them.
3. Whether you’re using Cooking Chocolate or Chocolate Chips, I’d recommend that you use the microwave set on medium. You should make sure, though, to check how the melting is going every minute. Take out the microwave-safe bowl, stir the chocolate nicely & put it back in. Repeat this until the chocolate is all nicely melted.
Mistake to Avoid* If you’re a little like me, then you might just try adding some milk on the chocolate for some reason. Don’t do that, ’cause your melted chocolate will then be a lot less dense. It wouldn’t harden as it should even if you leave it in the freezer for the night. It will be sticky. So.. avoid doing that.
4. Once you have your chocolate melted, pour it on the parchment paper and spread it using a spatula or a knife. Or whatever you think it’s gonna do the job.
Tip* My chocolate barks turned out a little thicker than I wanted them to, so you make sure that you spread the melted chocolate on a bigger surface if you’re opting for a thinner treat.
5. Spread over the M&M’s or whatever it is that you’re using and put it in the fridge. Wait for around 15 minutes, then break it into pieces and serve.
What do you think, guys? Wanna try making the Chocolate Barks? Share your thoughts on this in comments.
Also, if you fancied this, than be a great pal and share it with your friends, spread the word. It’ll mean the world. Thanks!