The other day I was thinking about an episode of the show Friends. The one when Chandler and Monica decide to give each other homemade gifts for Valentine’s Day that year. It was a complete disaster. Monica gave Chandler an ugly ‘sock bunny’ that Phoebe had made, while chandler gave Monica a re-gifted mixed tape. It got me thinking that homemade gifts are almost always really bad when done on a whim, but it doesn’t have to be.
You can’t go wrong with homemade candy as gifts for Valentine’s Day. Since I’m hosting a dinner for my friends and family on monday, I thought this chocolate bark would be a great idea for a ‘thanks for coming’ gift.
Turns out it’s super easy and you can buy all ingredients premade, no cooking. Use any type of chocolate, nuts or dried fruit you like.
I don’t have special chocolate making equipment at home and this is my first time making chocolate bark. That being said, I’m not trying to teach you any techniques, just how I did it.
8 ounces Dark Chocolate
3 tbsp dried Cranberries
¼ cup Mixed Nuts
Cooking Spray and an 8x8 inch dinner plate
-Spray the plate with cooking spray and set aside.
-Chop the dried fruit and nuts. Set aside.
-Chop the chocolate and put in a microwave safe dish to start melting it. Do it in 30 second batches for up to one and a half minutes stirring between batches.
-Once melted, pour into the plate and smooth the top.
-Scatter the fruit on top of the chocolate, then the nuts. Press them lightly to make sure they stick to the chocolate.
-Put it in the fridge until hardened.
-If the chocolate is too hard and sticking to the plate, wait 2 or 3 minutes before trying to cut it. Then break it with your hands.