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Monday, November 14, 2016

12 Unique Chocolate Bark Recipes for Christmas Gifting

12 Unique Chocolate Bark Recipes for Homemade Christmas Gifts - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates
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Chocolate bark was actually the first foodie gift I ever made for a friend - and something I've been making every Christmas for at least 15 years. 

Why? When I was about 8 or 9 my teacher in primary school taught us all how to make Rocky Road (this Super Simple Kid Friendly Rocky Road Recipe actually!) and I fell in love with making homemade chocolate treats. 

When our friends at The Reject Shop asked me if I could come up with a delicious recipe for their customers - I knew I had to put together something a little more than that. To help you really wow your loved ones this Christmas, I put together a collection of delicious chocolate treats that are the perfect Homemade Christmas Gift! 

All 12 of these Homemade Chocolate Bark Recipes are super easy - all you have to do is melt, pour and sprinkle. They're perfect for making with kids and are what we like to call deceptively simple... that is, they make you look like a bit of a domestic goddess even though it takes all of five minutes to make them.

They're the perfect treat for Christmas and I'm sure you'll fall in love with at least one of these delicious combinations... 
So let's get onto the recipes, shall we?! 



Candy Cane Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Candy Cane Chocolate Bark Recipe
A festive favourite and the first chocolate bark creation I ever made. This combines crunchy mint candy cane pieces with swirls of milk and white chocolate. 

What you'll need: Milk Chocolate + White Chocolate + Candy Canes 
For a small batch, use 100g Milk Chocolate + 100g White Chocolate  + 2 Crushed Candy Canes 

How to make it: Melt your milk and white chocolate in separate bowls. Place alternate spoonfuls of your melted milk and white chocolate onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Swirl your chocolate together with a toothpick or knife. Tap your tray on your bench to ensure you have an even layer and sprinkle your crushed candy canes on top. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 

Fruit Cake Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Fruit Cake Chocolate Bark Recipe
Inspired by the flavours of an old fashioned Christmas Pudding, this fruit cake chocolate bark is perfect for grown-ups with its dark chocolate base - but can also be made with milk or white chocolate.

What you'll need: Dark Chocolate + Mixed Dried Fruit (we used Sunbeam Foods' Gourmet Selection Mixed Fruit)
For a small batch, use 200g dark chocolate + 1/2 cup mixed fruit - feel free to add walnuts or nuts if you like, too!

How to make it: Melt your dark chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle on your mixed fruit and gently press it into the top. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Bark Recipe
Um, who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter together?! We spotted Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at The Reject Shop and knew we needed to make a bark recipe with them. Combining swirls of peanut butter and milk chocolate with peanut butter cup chunks, this is a delicious salty sweet sensation.

What you'll need: Milk Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
For a small batch, use 200g milk chocolate + 2 tbsp melted peanut butter + 2-4 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Dollop on your melted peanut butter and swirl it with a knife or toothpick. Add your peanut butter cup chunks and chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Rocky Road Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Rocky Road Chocolate Bark Recipe
A classic chocolate treat, Rocky Road combines pillowy soft marshmallows with crunchy nuts. If you're looking to add a little extra oomph, add some chopped lolly raspberries (like this Kid Friendly Rocky Road Recipe) or glace cherries and sprinkle them on top.

What you'll need: Milk Chocolate + Marshmallows + Roasted and Salted Peanuts 
For a small batch, use 200g milk chocolate + 1/4 cup mini marshmallows + 1/4 cup salted peanuts 

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle over your marshmallows and peanuts and carefully press them into your melted chocolate. Chill your bark in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Christmas Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

"Christmas" Chocolate Bark Recipe
Inspired by festive Christmas colours, this chocolate bark combines crunchy pistachios with slightly tart dried cranberries for a festive looking treat. 

What you'll need: White Chocolate + Shelled Pistachios (roasted or raw) + Dried Cranberries
For a small batch, use 200g white chocolate + 1/4 cup pistachios + 1/4 cup dried cranberries 

How to make it: Melt your white chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle on your cranberries and pistachios and gently press it into the top. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bark Recipe
This one's for the grown ups. Combining dark chocolate with coconut and cherries (either glace or dried cherries) for a sophisticated treat.

What you'll need: Dark Chocolate + Cherries (glace or dried) + Coconut 
For a small batch, use 200g dark chocolate + 1/4 cup cherries + 2-3 tbsp desiccated or shredded coconut

How to make it: Melt your dark chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle on your cherries and gently press it into the top. Sprinkle your coconut over the top and chill your bark in the fridge until set. Break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Potato Chip Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Potato Chip Chocolate Bark Recipe
Now, this might sound odd but this is the perfect mix of salty and sweet - don't know it til you try it! 

What you'll need: Milk Chocolate (or dark) + Salted Potato Chips 
For a small batch, use 200g milk chocolate + 1/3 cup crumbled chips 

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle over your chips and gently press them into the top of your melted chocolate. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Bark Recipe
A favourite of both kids and adults, this one works with milk, white or dark chocolate and can be made gluten free using gluten free oreo style cookies!

What you'll need: White Chocolate + Oreos/Gluten Free Oreos  
For a small batch, use 200g white chocolate + 4-6 crumbled oreos 

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle over your chips and gently press them into the top of your melted chocolate. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Fruit and Nut  Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark Recipe
Jesse calls this Trail Mix Chocolate Bark but it reminds me of my favourite fruit and nut chocolate blocks so you can call it whatever you like. Customise this recipe to your like by using a mix of your favourite fruit and nuts.

What you'll need: Milk Chocolate + Dried Fruit + Nuts (we used raisins, peanuts and roasted almonds)   
For a small batch, use 200g milk chocolate + 1/2 cup of fruit and nut mix 

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle over your fruit and nut mix and gently press them into the top of your melted chocolate. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Caramel Pecan Turtle Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Caramel Pecan Turtle Chocolate Bark Recipe
The trickiest recipe of the bunch but perhaps the most delicious, this Turtle Chocolate Bark needs to come with a warning as it's dangerously delicious!

What you'll need: Milk Chocolate + Chewy Caramels + Pecans 
For a small batch, use 200g milk chocolate + 1/4 cup Werther's Original Chewy Caramels + 1/4 cup pecans  

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Carefully melt your caramels in the microwave or on a pot on the stove, stirring frequently. Once your caramels are melted, carefully (they will be SUPER hot!) drizzle the melted caramel over your melted chocolate layer. Sprinkle your pecans on top and gently press them into the top of your melted chocolate. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a sharp knife. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Chunky Monkey Chocolate Bark Recipe
Inspired by Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, this combines banana chips (or freeze dried banana) with walnuts for a delicious treat. You can even switch the banana chips out for lolly bananas for an extra sweet treat.

What you'll need: Milk or Dark Chocolate + Banana Chips or Freeze Dried Banana + Walnuts 
For a small batch, use 200g milk chocolate + 1/4 cup banana chips + 1/4 cup walnuts 

How to make it: Melt your milk chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle on your bananas and walnuts and gently press it into the top. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Bark Recipe - gluten free, easy holiday recipes, food gift ideas, easy handmade gifts, DIY hostess gifts, gourmet homemade chocolates

Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Bark Recipe
Just like chocolate covered strawberries without all the mess, this Strawberries and Cream Chocolate Bark also works really well with milk or dark chocolate!

What you'll need: White Chocolate + Freeze Dried Strawberries  
For a small batch, use 200g white chocolate + 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberries, lightly crushed 

How to make it: Melt your white chocolate and spread it onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle over your freeze dried strawberries. Chill in the fridge until set and break apart with a knife or your hands. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

How to Package Chocolate Bark for Gifts - Christmas Food Recipe Gift Ideas

Now you've got all the recipes - it's time to package them up! The Reject Shop have a wide range of packaging options for your chocolate bark - and all at super cheap prices! 

In the photo above you'll see a cute decorative jar (a great hostess gift and one that can be reused over and over), a Santa Noodle

Add some cellophane and a cute ribbon here or there, pop on a gift tag and you're ready to gift! Speaking of gift tags; stay tuned because we're working on some Printable Christmas Gift Tags for an upcoming post. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest so you don't miss out! 


But tell me, do you like to make delicious treats for your friends at Christmas?
What are some of your go-to holiday recipes?

    
   

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