Homemade Dark Chocolate Bark
One of my favourite desserts is dark chocolate. Not only does it taste good, but it’s also packed with antioxidants and vitamins/ minerals including manganese, copper and magnesium! Dark chocolate can help keep a healthy heart by improving blood flow and assisting with lower blood pressure - there's a lot of research out there, but some of definitely proven this to be accurate! Make sure you're aiming for a bar with at least 70% cocoa to really reap the benefits from the dark chocolate.
During this festive season, I love the mint + chocolate combo so here is a simple recipe for dark chocolate peppermint bark!
- 6oz. of unsweetened dark chocolate (I like at least 85% cocoa)
- 8 tbsp of pure cane sugar
- 1 tsp of peppermint extract
- 1/4 cup of almonds
- 1-2 candy canes
Note: You can also just use a bar of dark chocolate and melt it instead of using unsweetened dark chocolate and cane sugar!
- In a large pot, bring 2-3 inches of water to a boil
- Chop up unsweetened dark chocolate into small pieces or shave it
- Create a double boiler by placing a glass boil on top of boiling water (if you're not fancy enough to have a legit double-boiler)
- Bring water down to a simmer and add chocolate to top portion
- As the chocolate melts down, start to slowly add the cane sugar one tbsp at a time
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet
- Chop up almonds and candy canes in a bowl then add the melted chocolate to the boil and mix completely
- Pour chocolate mixture onto parchment paper and sprinkle with more candy cane pieces
- Place in freezer for 1 hour
- Cut up bark into pieces (or you can slam it on the table to break like I did)