"If it's not chocolate, itâ€™s not candy!" If that refrain sounds familiar, you've come to the right place. Chocolate purists will delight in bittersweet truffles coated in a simple dusting of cocoa powder. Chocolate bark sprinkled with colorful candy, marshmallows, nuts, dried fruit, or marshmallows will bring out the kid in everyone. You'll also find our favorite recipes for fudge, peanut butter cups, turtles, and more.
Dark chocolate, orange liqueur, and a pinch of coarse salt give these truffles a lusciously sophisticated flavor. If you prefer, use raspberry, mint, hazelnut, or coffee liqueur in place of the orange.
Melted bittersweet, milk, or white chocolate in parchment-lined loaf pans presents many delicious topping possibilities. Try one of our bark variations below or experiment with your own favorite flavors.
Movie Theater Bark
Cherry and Orange Peel Bark
Lime and Macadamia Nut Bark
Pistachio, Dried Cranberry, and Toasted-Coconut Bark
Crackly Two-Tone Bark
Chocolate-Almond Wood-Grain Bark
Like an easy version of chocolate-caramel turtles, these nut clusters are made by pressing a square of purchased caramel candy over a pair of pecan halves and heating in the oven until the caramel is soft. Chunks of bittersweet chocolate go over the caramel, and then the clusters are returned to the oven just until the chocolate begins to melt. A sprinkle of chopped pecans adds the finishing touch to these candies.
Chopped nuts are arranged in small pools of melted chocolate to create attractive candies for gift-giving. This recipe gives instructions for tempering chocolate, a process of heating, partially cooling, and reheating that aligns the chocolate crystals so that the finished product is shiny and firm.
Basic ganache made from bittersweet chocolate and cream forms the center of these truffles that can be rolled in a variety of coatings. Try toasted coconut, cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar, colored candy sprinkles, or finely chopped pistachios, pecans, almonds, or other nuts.
Brush white chocolate, followed by bittersweet, onto a plastic wood-grain texture mat to create the elegant rustic finish on this bark. In place of almonds, you could use pecans, crushed peppermints, or toffee pieces. For gift-giving, tie the bark with a pretty ribbon and finish with a faux-bois gift tag.
These easy candy clusters are created by arranging toasted nuts and dried fruit on small pools of melted white chocolate. Use a combination of cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, or walnuts, with dried cranberries, apricots, pineapple, cherries, or raisins.