I’m sure we all have easy Christmas recipes we can count on in a pinch — the kind of recipe you turn to when you need to make a special treat for the office Christmas party, for instance.
That happened at our house last week. I wanted to make something my husband could take to a party with his co-workers, but we didn’t have much time. I turned to a two-ingredient recipe and was so happy with the results.
I’m sure many of you have favorite “bark” recipes. The concept is simple enough — melted chocolate or almond bark is mixed with favorite ingredients, spread in a thin layer then left to harden before broken into serving-size pieces.
I’ve made several bark recipes over the years, but I haven’t done much experimenting.
There are so many mix-in options: dried fruit, nuts, miniature chocolate chips, toffee chips, pretzels, granola. You can also choose your favorite chocolate: semi-sweet, dark, milk or white or a combination swirled together. Vanilla almond bark is also a good option.
For my bark, I chose semi-sweet chocolate chips and a small can of mixed nuts. I also opted to pour the nuts on top of the chocolate rather than mix them into the chocolate.
The process couldn’t have been any easier.
I melted the chocolate chips in the microwave, then spread the chocolate in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. After a few minutes, I sprinkled the can of nuts on top. (I didn’t chop the nuts.) I gently tapped the pan down so the nuts would sink in a little, then used the back of a spoon to press down as well. Then you wait!
We ran errands while the chocolate hardened, then I broke the candy into serving pieces. Some of the nuts did fall off in this process, but not many.
I thought the candy was delicious and it certainly was easy to make.
Easy Chocolate Candy
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1-2 cups mixed nuts
Pour hot chocolate onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. With the back of a spoon or with a spatula, spread chocolate to desired thickness. Let sit for a few minutes. Sprinkle nuts on top. Pick up tray about an inch and gently tap it down so nuts sink in a little or with the back of a spoon, gently press nuts into chocolate. Allow chocolate to set. When cooled and set, break into pieces.