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Bark Bars

Who can resist velvety bittersweet, milk, or white chocolate topped with nuts, candy, or dried fruit? Try one of our bark variations below or experiment with your own favorite flavors. Movie Theater Bark, Cherry and Orange Peel Bark, S'mores Bark, Peppermint Bark, Lime and Macadamia Nut Bark, Pistachio, Dried Cranberry, and Toasted-Coconut Bark, Cookies-and-Cream Bark, Crackly Two-Tone Bark, and Peanut Butter Swirl Bark.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • yield: Makes six 2 1/2-by-5-inch bars

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Bittersweet, milk, or white chocolate, chopped, according to variation
  • Toppings, according to variation

Cook's Note

Bark can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Coat 6 small loaf pans (2 1/2 by 5 inches) with cooking spray, and line with parchment, leaving an overhang on long sides.

  2. Step 2

    Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring. Divide among pans (3 tablespoons each) and spread in an even layer.

  3. Step 3

    Immediately sprinkle toppings over chocolate, dividing evenly among pans. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Peel off parchment, and break bark into pieces.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2010