With the holidays around the corner, many of us will be making homemade treats and baked good to share with family and friends. What better gift is there than chocolate? Lucky for all of us, Laurie Aker from Earth Fare and her 8 year old helper Ellie visit us at "Making It Grow" and show us how to make Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark.
Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark
- 8-10 ounces high-quality dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup each of toppings of choice, including: chopped almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, dried goji berries, chopped dried pineapple, chopped dried mango, and currants.
- Chop your chocolate bars and melt 3/4 of it it in a double broiler. (If you don’t have a double broiler, heat water to a low boil in a pan and put a metal or ceramic bowl on top and melt the chocolate in that.) Heat until the chocolate is melted, stirring occasionally. Dark chocolate can be heated to 110° F. You don’t want to burn your chocolate, so keep a close eye on it.
- Once your chocolate is melted, take it off the heat and then stir in the remaining 1/4 of the chopped chocolate and stir until it is melted. Doing this will cool and temper your chocolate.
- Next, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spoon the melted chocolate in circular shapes over the parchment.
- Before the chocolate melts, place the nuts and fruit on your bark. I prefer to do this in batches of 4 at a time to make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt before I get the toppings on. (You could also pour the chocolate out onto the parchment paper and spinkle with toppings. Once cooled, you would then break apart the chocolate into pieces.)
- Allow your bark come to room temperature. You can also pop it in the refrigerator to speed up the process. If you’re packaging the bark for gift giving store in a cool spot.