Christmas Chocolate Bark

Christmas Chocolate Bark
You've seen it, in the likes of Hotel Chocolat and in the "posh section" of your local Supermarket. But why buy it, when you can make your own Chocolate Bark all by yourself and put whatever you blimmin' like on it. Bag it up in little treat bags with ribbon and give it out to your friends and family as gifts. It's so easy and you can make it in minutes.

Ingredients
makes about 30 large pieces

300g good quality dark/milk chocolate
300g good quality white chocolate
300g of toppings

Here's some ideas for toppings, get creative and come up with your own combinations:
Dried fruits: cranberries, apricots, raisins, mango
Nuts (blanched and lightly toasted): pistachios, almonds, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, cashew nuts
Sweets: crushed up candy canes, popping candy, toffee popcorn, fudge pieces 

First, line a large baking sheet with foil. Have all your toppings chopped and ready.

Melt the dark/milk chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, pour onto the baking sheet and spread it out. Next melt the white chocolate and pour it over the dark chocolate. If you want distinct layers, make sure the dark chocolate has set first. Alternatively, you can swirl the white into the dark chocolate for a rippled effect.

Sprinkle over the toppings then leave the chocolate to set completely. You can put it in the fridge to set faster but this will affect the shine of the chocolate. When set, peel off the foil, break into shards or cut into squares.


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