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December 14, 2007

Rocky Road Bark

Rocky Road Bark

Chocolate barks make the perfect gift! You can dress them up however you like and this version is a take on Rocky Road ice cream, which I must admit I'm not a big fan of, but I do like this bark! The almonds are crunchy and the marshmallows give it just the right amount of gooey. This is another recipe that is sure to please most chocolate lovers and after all don't we all know one or two of those? ;o)

What You'll Need:
2 - 11.5 ounce packages of milk chocolate chips (Note: I usually use Ghirardelli chips.)
1 - 11 ounce package of white chocolate chips (Note: Again I usually use Ghirardelli chips for the white chocolate too.)
2 tablespoons of butter
At least 1 cup of whole raw almonds
At least 1 cup of miniature marshmallows

Rocky Road Bark: Chocolate Chips for Melting

Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. (Note: If you want to temper the chocolate there are excellent instructions here. I will admit I have a love/hate relationship with tempering...Sometimes I can get it to work, other times not so much. I was watching the Barefoot Contessa the other day and Ina said she couldn't be bothered to take the time to do it and it made me love her all the more! To get around the issue she said she just makes it the day she wants to serve whatever she is making and it takes care of the problem.)

Once the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and stir in two tablespoons of butter until melted. Spread the mixture out onto a cookie sheet that is lined with wax paper or a silicone baking sheet.

Rocky Road Bark: Chocolate Ready for Topping

Next add marshmallows and almonds to the top of the spread out chocolate and gently push them into the mixture. (Note: My little sous chef (AKA Alexis) had a lot of fun with that step! ;))

Rocky Road Bark: Adding the Almonds and Marshmallows

Let the bark set up until it's hard and break or cut into smaller pieces. (Note: I like to use a pizza cutter and cut it into squares when it hardens and is sort of at a fudge like consistency, but isn't completely hard yet.) Store in an airtight container.

Rocky Road Bark

Notes: You can really add anything into chocolate bark that you like as I mentioned above. You can even make a white chocolate bark. Dried cherries, raisins and cocoa nibs make a good combination as do cashews and coconut. If you can think it it can be done! ;o)

Posted by Dianne at December 14, 2007 7:01 AM

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Comments

That is so easy to whip up, I love it. I am gonna make some on Christmas eve for santa (aka me)

Posted by: amanda at December 14, 2007 6:27 PM

I think Santa would be very happy with the results! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 14, 2007 8:09 PM

What a great recipe! It looks so scrumptious and is so versatile. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

Posted by: Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy at December 11, 2008 11:07 AM

This looks fabulous!

Posted by: Erin at December 11, 2008 8:57 PM

It was a big hit last year with the people I gave it to. Definitely a crowd pleaser! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 17, 2008 8:02 PM

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