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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Bark

1 hr + 35 min

Dessert

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Pantry-ready

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 some 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!

Servings

Total

1 hr + 35 min

Prep

20 min

Cook

15 min

Cool

1 hr

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (50 g)
    granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (18 g)
    banana chips, chopped
  • ¼ cup (29 g)
    roasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 2
    gingerbread cookies, chopped
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    peanut butter (optional)
  • ¼ tsp
    flaked sea salt
  • 14.1 oz (400 g)
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Directions

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  1. To make the caramel shards, line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. To a dry, heavy-bottomed pan*, add the sugar and place on the stove over medium-high heat. Do not stir the sugar, as this can cause crystallization. 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. Using a heavy-bottomed pan for this step will prevent the sugar from burning.
  3. Once most of the sugar has dissolved and turns a light golden colour, stir with a rubber spatula and then remove from the heat. If the melted sugar is a brown colour, it may indicate it has burned. The aim is to achieve a light golden colour.
  4. Pour the caramel onto the parchment-lined baking tray and be careful, as the caramel is very hot. Use the back of the rubber spatula to quickly level it out into a thin layer, and then let the caramel cool and harden completely, which takes only a couple of minutes.
  5. Once cooled, transfer to a chopping board and chop into small pieces. Keep the parchment-lined baking tray at the ready, as you'll still be needing it.
  6. Prepare and have at-the-ready your desired toppings: the chopped banana chips, chopped hazelnuts, chopped cookies, peanut butter, and salt.
  7. Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, and bring to a gentle boil. Place a large glass or ceramic heat-safe bowl on top of the pan. Break the chocolate into pieces with your hands and place it in the bowl. The heat from the bowl will melt the chocolate. Stir periodically to ensure the chocolate melts evenly.
  8. Once melted, remove the bowl from 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 your rubber spatula to spread the chocolate out into a thin layer, about ½ cm thick.
  9. 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.
  10. Place the chocolate bark in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to harden.
  11. Once hard, let slightly soften at room temperature for a minute before cutting to avoid it snapping in other places. Cut into desired shapes and sizes. Enjoy!

Storage

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

Nutrition info

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