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With Easter weekend coming up, I thought I’d share one of my favourite Easter recipes. It’s so simple to make — you can create the Easter themed chocolate using a mould, or just create shapes on greaseproof paper.
I’ve shown both in the images below.
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What Is Chocolate Bark Made Of?
Chocolate Bark is essentially a posh name for a homemade chocolate bar! Traditional ‘bark’ — the alternative name is chocolate slab — was originally made with a very think layer of chocolate, sprinkled with nuts and fruit. When cooled and hardened, this was broken into shards.
These days, chocolate bark can be covered with everything from cake sprinkles to jelly sweets. Pretzels to popcorn! And as well as shards of chocolate, you can shape your chocolate bark into an actual chocolate bar by using a mould.
There are loads of great, really inexpensive chocolate moulds online. Mine are a pack of three silicone candy moulds from Amazon, that I bough for just £5.99.
They’re perfect for making homemade chocolate bars. And elevate your chocolate bark to something really impressive!
How Long Will Homemade Chocolate Slab Last?
If the chocolate is kept in an airtight container in a cool environment – so it doesn’t melt – homemade chocolate bark ‘should’ last for 2-3 weeks.
I use the word ‘should’ loosely!!
In our house, whenever I’ve made chocolate slabs — like the one I made for Valentines day — they haven’t lasted for very long at all.
Not because they’ve melted or spoiled; but because the’ve been gobbled up!!
And one of the things I like about this homemade chocolate slab recipe is the three different colours of chocolate.
Do You Need To Temper Chocolate For Bark?
I suspect, if you were a proper Chocolatier, you’d temper your chocolate in a very different way to the methods I’m going to describe here!!
You could use the bain-marie method, where the chocolate is melted in a bowl, over a pan of water. But, for ease, I melt my chocolate in a microwave.
I set my microwave to half power then cook my chocolate for 30 seconds, then stir.
Next, I cook it for further 10 second blasts.
How do You Make Chocolate Bark Shiny?
If you use the method above, and check the chocolate each time you’ve given it a 10 second blast.
When it’s almost liquid, pop a piece of solid chocolate in to the melted chocolate and give it a stir. If it melts totally, add another piece — and repeat this process until the chocolate wont melt any further.
This — in chocolatier speak — is called ‘seeding’.
When the chocolate is at this stage, it’s the perfect consistency to work with and will ensure that your homemade chocolate slab is nice and shiny.
How To Make Chocolate Bark for Easter
- 800g of milk chocolate
- 800g of white chocolate
- A few drops of yellow food colouring
- Sweets and other decorations
- Melt your chocolate
- Pour/spread your melted chocolate into your mould or onto greaseproof paper
- Sprinkle some sweets onto the liquid chocolate; then leave to cool.
- I melted white chocolate and spread onto the cooled milk chocolate. Then popped in the refrigerator to cool again.
- If you'd like to do more than one colour of chocolate, as I've done here; once the white chocolate layer has set, repeat the above process with your next batch of chocolate. I melted my white chocolate in two bowls, then added a few drops of yellow food colouring to one of the bowls, to create yellow chocolate. Then I spread the melted yellow chocolate on top of the white chocolate leaving a little border, so you can see the white underneath.again.
- Decorate with sprinkles, mini eggs, jelly eggs or whatever decorations you prefer.
- Leave to cool and set then enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 3049Total Fat 174gSaturated Fat 104gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 55gCholesterol 196mgSodium 538mgCarbohydrates 341gFiber 10gSugar 313gProtein 39g
Calculations was calculated by Nutritionix and is approximate
Whether you use a mould or greaseproof paper, this homemade chocolate bark recipe is really simple to create and makes a really lovely alternative to traditional Easter eggs.
I tend to break the larger bars up into smaller ones. Then pop them into a biodegradable cello bag or a little jar.
And that’s it! The perfect alternative to Easter eggs!
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.