This year, my family opted for a fully handmade Christmas. I shared our (sorta) handmade gift yesterday – a book of my Grandma’s recipes that are all of my family’s favorites. While I felt a little like a cheater that these books weren’t 100% handmade, I also gave myself credit for the thought, the scanning, the placing, the editing and the printing. That has to count for something, right?
I didn’t feel too great just giving those books as gifts, so I threw in a crochet Christmas tree ornament and some homemade super easy holiday bark that I whipped up on Christmas Eve for the three families. I felt like these few gifts together rounded everything out and even if the book wasn’t bound by hand, at least the chocolate and the ornament were hand crafted.
I have made this holiday chocolate bark in years past with all sorts of ingredients – from rocky road flavored (with marshmallows and peanuts) to crushed candy canes for peppermint bark. It’s a stupid simple recipe that almost can’t be called one.
This year, I took it even a step easier and instead of combining certain ingredients for the bark, I bought some of my favorite trail mix with dried fruit and nuts from my local health food store and called that good. One less step for me – and still delicious!
The recipe is simple – you melt some dairy-free chocolate, lay it out on a sheet of parchment paper on a cool surface, spread it very thin, then sprinkle on your toppings to let cool for a few hours.
Once hardened, break into a few pieces and package into cute little cellophane bags for gift giving. Easy peasy – and pretty impressive!
I won’t give you any particular measurements or amounts, because you can make as much or as little holiday bark as you wish – and everyone is different with how dense they like their bark toppings.
However, the method remains the same, no matter what kind of toppings or chocolate you use.
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How To Make Super Easy Holiday Bark With Trail Mix
- Lay a piece of parchment paper out on your counter top, weighting down the sides if the paper wants to roll up on itself.
- If using a chocolate bar, prepare it by chopping into pieces with a serrated knife.
- Melt the chocolate. Place 2/3 of the chocolate (either chopped chocolate or whole chocolate chips) into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir with a rubber spatula then return to the microwave and heat in 30-second intervals until melted, about 3 to 5 minutes total.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave and immediately stir in the reserved 1/3 of chopped chocolate or chips. Stir until the chocolate appears shiny and fully melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto your prepared parchment paper. Using the rubber spatula, spread the mixture into an even layer.
- Add handfuls of prepared trail mix evenly sprinkling over the top of the melted chocolate. Gently press into the melted chocolate.
- Let the bark cool at room temperature for at least one hour.
- Break into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks or drop into gift bags for quick gifting.
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