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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Bark

1 hr + 35 min


10 ingredients or less

Gifting chocolate is always a good idea, but elevating your favourite chocolate with some delicious toppings is sure to impress even more! We topped ours with our (new and improved) homemade caramels shards, which add a lovely sweet, crunchy, smokiness to the chocolate, but any toppings will do: think dried fruits like dried cranberry or mango, or roasted nuts. Yumm!



1 hr + 35 min


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  • ¼ cup (56 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp (22 mL)
  • ¼ cup (18 g)
    banana chips, chopped
  • ¼ cup (34 g)
    roasted unsalted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2
    gingerbread cookies, chopped
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    peanut butter (optional)
  • ¼ tsp
    flaked sea salt


  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Add the sugar and water to a heavy-bottomed saucepan* on medium heat.
  2. Avoid mixing with spoons or utensils as this can cause sugar crystals to form. If the mixture needs it, swirl the pan to help dissolve the sugar.
  3. When the sugar is dissolved, turn the heat to medium-high and allow the mixture to bubble until it starts to turn golden, about 10 - 15 seconds.
  4. Watch the sugar closely to avoid burning, as caramelization happens quickly. When caramelized to your liking, carefully** pour the liquid sugar onto the prepared baking tray.
  5. Tilt the tray to spread the sugar out if desired for thinner shards.
  6. Once completely cooled, use the back of a spoon to tap the caramel and break it into shards. Place these in a bowl and set aside. Keep the paper on the baking tray as it will be used again.
  7. Prepare and have at-the-ready your desired toppings: banana chips, hazelnuts, cookies, peanut butter, and salt.
  8. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or on the stove, using a double boiler.
  9. Once melted, remove the bowl from the microwave or the stove, and be careful as the bowl will be hot. Gently pour the melted chocolate onto the same parchment-lined baking tray used before. Use the back of a rubber spatula to spread the chocolate out into a thin layer, about ½ cm thick.
  10. The chocolate can now be decorated! Drizzle the peanut butter over the chocolate, and then sprinkle over top the banana chips, hazelnuts, cookie crumbles, salt, and caramel shards. Using the back of a spoon, gently press the pieces into the chocolate to secure them.
  11. Let harden at room temperature, or place in the fridge to harden. Once hard, let slightly soften at room temperature before cutting. Cut into desired shapes and sizes. Enjoy!


  • * A heavy-bottomed pan is thicker at the base, meaning it can distribute heat better than a thinner pan. As a result, the sugar will melt more evenly and is less likely to burn.
  • ** Be extremely careful with this, as the melted sugar is incredibly hot.


  • The chocolate bark can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Carol - Dec. 20, 2023, 1:01 a.m.

This recipe was an absolute hit! A few Christmas ago I made these and gifted them to friends and family and I'll be doing it again this year per their request

Steffi - Dec. 16, 2023, 3:33 p.m.

Never made anything like it. The recipe is super easy to make and it turned out well. My neighbors and my family really like it. Yummy 😋

Vaishali - April 16, 2023, 1:36 p.m.

Loved this recipe! One question: ny chocolate bark goes sticky unless stored in fridge. How can I prevent that to make it portable for gifting?

PUL Team - April 17, 2023, 12:18 a.m.

Hey Vaishali, thanks for the question! We find that wrapping them in wax paper or plain brown paper a bit staggered helps prevent them from melting on top of each other. Placing them in the fridge to harden beforehand also helps. We have an example picture in our Raspberry Rose Chocolate Bark recipe if you haven't already seen it:… 🙂

Silvia Natal - March 24, 2023, 2:48 a.m.

I made this a couple times! Gave it as gifts around Christmas too! I love it much! Easy to make!! Thanks ! Easy to keep in fridge for couple days, if it last that long

PUL Team - March 24, 2023, 5:18 p.m.

So happy to hear, Silvia, thank you 😃

Martunia - Dec. 23, 2022, 11:52 a.m.

I noticed there's no information on how much water should be added to the sugar so the first batch of caramel shards came out burnt. Also, it says you should let it bubble 10-15 minutes. Shouldn't it say seconds, instead? Anyway, I managed to properly make the second batch using a bigger pan and on lower heat, following the directions from the video. The chocolate bark is now cooling in the fridge. I'll be gifting it to my family for Christmas 🎄

PUL Team - Dec. 23, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

Thanks so much for the feedback, Martunia, and so sorry the first batch came out burnt! We've updated the recipe instructions to avoid others experiencing the same thing. Hope your family enjoys the bark 🤗

Joanne - June 10, 2022, 1:12 p.m.

Lovely! I make it for myself as a tasty snack. It's also really nice to give away!

PUL Team - June 13, 2022, 2:24 a.m.

So sweet of you to give it away, Joanne! Thanks a bunch 🙂

Backyard Farmer Girl - Dec. 20, 2021, 1:36 a.m.

so much fun to make, delicious, and such a special gift <3. this year I plan to try it with candy canes!

PUL Team - Dec. 21, 2021, 5:14 a.m.

Mmm a lovely idea, we hope you enjoy the chocolate bark!

Dóri - Nov. 30, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

Thank you for this amazing gift idea, it turned out delicious. It also looks nice which is something I can rarely achieve by cooking.

PUL Team - Dec. 1, 2021, 3:19 a.m.

So glad this one was enjoyed, Dóri!

Anna - Sept. 28, 2021, 8:25 p.m.

This was so good! I was a little worried that the caramel shards wouldn't turn out, but I followed the directions carefully and they were perfect. I used a mix of nuts and pretzels instead of biscuits. So good and will be making again many times with different toppings.

PUL Team - Sept. 29, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Anna, thank you 🤗

Diti Miething - July 25, 2021, 11:17 a.m.

Can it get any more decadent!! :D This recipe is sooooo good. And as Sadiya mentions, makes for perfect gifts throughout the year.

Ky - July 24, 2021, 1:40 a.m.

Used Graham crackers and mini marshmallows, topped with sea salt and it was absolutely delicious! Such a good gift as well.

Vivian H. - July 23, 2021, 11:25 a.m.

I made this once as a gift for my family and now they're asking about it all the time because it was so good.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 7:14 p.m.

Makes me so happy to read, thanks for gifting one of our recipes, Vivian! 🤗

Sonia - July 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Really delicious! Easy to make, and easy to change to whatever toppings you like. I made these as a gift for fathers day and I am sad to say my father did not get to eat a lot of them because everybody liked them so much

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:41 a.m.

So kind of you to gift them, Sonia, we're so honoured a PUL recipe could be part of the special day 😃

Urska - July 8, 2021, 5:58 p.m.

THE best combination of flavours! I made these chocolate barks as a gift and it was huge success :) Would also recommend it as a christmas gift!

PUL Team - July 9, 2021, 9:45 p.m.

Aww so kind of you to share the bark, Urska! Thank you for the recommendation ✨