Holiday bark – it’s everywhere during the holiday season, topped with just about everything! If you’re looking for a festive and tasty alternative to the traditional peppermint bark, this is the recipe for you! I bet you’ve never had chocolate bark like this before. I love the combination of sweet and salty and this chocolate bark with freeze-dried strawberries and pretzels hits the spot! It’s the easiest holiday treat to make and to give!
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How to Make Chocolate Bark
This holiday bark topped with fruit is so easy to make! It also makes for a great gift! Just grab some chocolate chips, or chocolate melts, and get to melting! I recently switched over to using chocolate melts in most of my chocolate recipes because it sets without having to worry about tempering. I usually use these Ghirardelli chocolate melts (affiliate link). Just melt the chocolate, then pour into a pan lined with parchment paper. To make the bark very pretty and festive, I also swirled the white and dark chocolate together. The swirls look so dainty! Use a knife or toothpick to swirl the chocolate together.
All the Toppings!
The toppings really make this holiday bark pop! Top the chocolate bark off with slices of freeze-dried strawberries (affiliate link) or raspberries. You get a variety of freeze dried fruit from Trader Joe’s or online on Amazon. I love the flavor combo of the fruit and chocolate – a match made in culinary heaven! I also added crushed pretzel bits, salted pistachios nuts and dried cranberry. When you’re making this at home, have fun with the recipe and switch up the toppings! Try adding your favorite dried fruit and nuts such as dried apricot, cashews, macadamias, or even dried pineapple or orange! Or, how about kiwi?!
- Chocolate Mint Macarons – these minty and chocolate-y macarons are perfect to give and enjoy during the holiday season!
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries – fresh berries dipped in chocolate and garnished with more chocolate!
- Caramel Chocolate Cake Pops – these fun treats are so fun and easy to make! Perfect for parties!
- Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet – make this stunning rose and chocolate arrangement for a special occasion!
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