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Chocolate-Almond Wood-Grain Bark


Faux bois, a wood-grain pattern, is a beautiful way to showcase the two types of chocolate used in this bark.

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  • Yield: One 8-by-12-inch sheet

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2010


  • 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped toasted almonds


  1. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring. Spread white chocolate onto an 8-by-12-inch food-safe plastic wood-grain texture mat using a small offset spatula. Scrape off excess chocolate, using spatula, until the thinnest layer possible is left on mat. Transfer mat to a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.

  2. Melt bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring. Mix in almonds. Spread mixture onto white chocolate in an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Peel away mat.

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  • jtalvy
    28 DEC, 2014
    I have been using the mat on the site given for years and it works great and is perfectly fine. Even though it says plastic it is more the form of silicone to me or rubber and not plastic. Keep in mind your chocolate is not very hot just melted... I would recommend that you double the amount of chocolate for an 8x12 mat since if it is too thin it does not break well and gives poor results. Also... build a little lip out of foil around the edge of the mat.
  • Kelly Long
    5 DEC, 2012
    Moonstar if you check the site under food decorations, you'll see that there is a food safe mat that makes a wood grain impression.
  • moonstar
    24 NOV, 2012
    I would appreciate hearing from MS staff regarding mat for bark design as it is not food safe.
  • kealoha2
    22 NOV, 2012
    What you can use are preprinted chocolate transfer sheets. There are hundreds of transfer designs to choose from. They're available from or other on-line sites such as Gobal Sugar Art, inkedibles and Shopzillas. They're easy to use and give chocolates a professional look.
  • silverykay
    21 NOV, 2012
    The website for the texture mats doesn't seem to have food-safe plastic mats. In fact, here's what the product description states: "The Texture Mat is a patented clay tool for making textures on the surface of wet clay. The artist or student can use the textured clay to build many different forms. It is only for clay, not for Food."
  • SarahInOregon
    17 NOV, 2011
    Has anyone tried this with a wood-grain tool instead of the mat? I wonder if it would work... ?