Everyone, you're getting nut bark for Christmas. There. Now you know. Anyhow, I made a couple mini-batches of experimental bark.
A 2 layer peppermint bark* - semi-sweet on bottom and white on top:
And a semi-sweet orange almond bark.** Heavenly!:
The basics are:
- Melt chocolate chips (whatever kind you like) in a double-boiler or slowly in the microwave (zap 10 seconds, stir, repeat).
- Add some extract, zest, nuts...or not.
- Spread on wax or parchment paper in a rimmed baking sheet. If you're doing 2 layers, freeze the bottom layer for a few minutes so that when you add the top layer, it doesn't easily melt and smear.
- Top with nuts, crumble, or whatever. Let 'er cool, and break it up.
** This was bittersweet chocolate with orange zest and a couple drops of orange extract. Toasted nuts on top. However, next time I will mix the nuts into the chocolate. They kept falling off.