Sugar ‘n Spice

… Naughty or Nice? It doesn’t matter, when you kick up your chocolate with a little something special. This weekend, I got the bug to make some bark. This was a first me, but the concept is so simple and easy to personalize. Basically, you melt some good chocolate, stir in whatever you think will be good with it, spread it onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet, and let it harden. If you can remember that, you don’t need a recipe, and you can create some special signature holiday treats. There are so many classic holiday goodies, so I think it’s fun to always change mine up just a bit. So that people realize there’s something a little different that sets mine apart. Hopefully, that something different is a good thing!
I know I’ve talked about this before, but I really love contrasting layers of flavor in my food – and I think other people realize this too and always think more about what they’re tasting, trying to figure out what’s there. With my sweets, I love to add something spicy or salty. With this in mind, I made two kinds of bark with some special additions:

*White chocolate bark with cranberries, pistachios, and cloves
*Dark chocolate bark with toffee, walnuts, and ginger

Hmm. All I have to say is, I really like them both. So much that I can’t decide which one is better. For a while, I was stuck on the white chocolate. But dark is catching up. Hubby, mom, brother, and girlfriends liked them too. I think I’ll have to get more opinions and start keeping track – but then again, why should one have to choose a favorite chocolate bark?

Have you made any special barks this holiday season?

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5 Responses to “Sugar ‘n Spice”

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    Kevin — December 17, 2007 @ 2:33 am Reply

    Bark sounds simple and delicious. There are near endless possibilities. The spices in yours are interesting.

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    BMK — December 17, 2007 @ 11:55 am Reply

    I just love bark. Your combinations sound and look delicious. I just made a bark with dark chocolate, smoked almonds and sea salt. It was a big hit in our house.

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    MrsPresley — December 18, 2007 @ 3:19 am Reply

    a great place to get ideas for flavor combinations is the vosges website…they combine pretty unique flavors :)

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    MrsPresley — April 5, 2011 @ 1:20 am Reply

    a great place to get ideas for flavor combinations is the vosges website…they combine pretty unique flavors :)

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    BMK — April 5, 2011 @ 1:20 am Reply

    I just love bark. Your combinations sound and look delicious. I just made a bark with dark chocolate, smoked almonds and sea salt. It was a big hit in our house.

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