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!

Ingredients:

  • 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!

Directions:

  • 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)

Enjoy!