Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade almond bark made with your choice of dark or white chocolate. Use high-quality chocolate chips or bars for the very best Chocolate Almond Bark. It’s a great treat and perfect for holiday gifts!
Almonds and chocolate are always a good combination. You can add dried cranberries and a crackle of sea salt for an explosion of flavor.
What is Chocolate Almond Bark?
It’s a thin sheet of chocolate mixed with almonds and additional ingredients such as sea salt and dried cranberries. Once the chocolate hardens, the bark is cut into shards and served.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Chocolate: You can use chocolate chips or bars of chocolate, which will be melted down. Almond chocolate bark can be made with dark chocolate, white chocolate or milk chocolate. Be sure to use high quality chocolate for best results.
- Almond Nuts: Crunchy almonds are a tasty complement to chocolate. You can choose to leave when whole or chop them into smaller pieces. It’s best to toast the almonds before adding them to the chocolate.
- Optional Sea Salt: Sea salt is especially delicious with dark chocolate.
- Optional Dried Cranberries: For an additional flavor and color.
How to Make Chocolate Almond Bark
Step 1: Toast almonds
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the almonds on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until they turn lightly golden.
Step 2: Melt the chocolate
Add the chocolate to a DRY microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Stop when the chocolate is 90% melted and mix with a spatula until smooth.
Step 3: Add almonds to the chocolate
Add the toasted almond into the bowl with chocolate. Mix until evenly distributed.
Step 4: Spread out the mixture
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly on top to about ¼-inch thickness. Sprinkle the salt on top.
Step 5: Let it cool
Let the chocolate cool at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours or until completely set. (You can place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 1 hour if you are in a rush).
Step 6: Break it into small pieces
Once the chocolate is completely hardened, break it into small pieces of bark using your hands. Serve and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- Use high-quality chocolate: Make sure to use high-quality baking chocolate for the best result. It’s made with real cocoa butter and has a smooth and velvety texture as is melts in your mouth.
- Make sure your bowl is completely dry before adding chocolate: You’ll be using a microwaveable bowl to melt your chocolate. Ensure the bowl is completely dry before adding in your chocolate. If melted chocolate comes in contact with water, it can ruin the batch.
- Toast the almond: The toasted almond tasted so much better than the raw almond in this recipe. You can use whole almonds or chopped almonds.
- Make sure the shelf of your fridge is flat and level: This will ensure the even thickness of your bark.
How to Store Chocolate Almond Bark?
Chocolate almond bark should be stored in a cool, dry place to prevent melting. If the room temperature is hotter than 70ºF, it’s best to store your bark in the fridge. To do so, ensure you’re using an airtight container to prevent moisture from spoiling the chocolate.
How Long Does Homemade Chocolate Almond Bark Last?
Stored in the fridge in an airtight container, chocolate almond bark will keep for about 3 weeks. If you’re keeping your bark out of the fridge, try to consume it within a week.
- Caramel Chocolate Almond Bark: Silky ribbons of sweet caramel are a tasty upgrade for your chocolate almond bark. You can purchase caramel in the baking aisle or try making homemade caramel.
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Almond Bark: Stir in some peanut butter into your melted chocolate for a super nutty twist on the chocolate almond bark.
- Peppermint Chocolate Almond Bark: Feel the Christmas spirit any time of year with peppermint almond chocolate bark. Break candy cane or peppermint sweets into small pieces and add to the melted chocolate along with your almonds.
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Best Chocolate Almond Bark Recipe
- 12 oz high-quality chocolate chips or bars (dark or white chocolate)
- 1 cup raw almond nuts
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- optional dried cranberries or cherries
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the almond on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 6-8 minutes or until they turn lightly golden.
- Add the chocolate to a DRY microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-seconds intervals, stirring in between. Stop when 90% of your chocolate is melted. Mix with a spatula.
- Add the toasted almond to the melted chocolate. Mix well.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then spread the mixture onto the parchment paper evenly for about ¼-inch thick.
- Sprinkle the salt on top.
- Let the chocolate cool at room temperature for about 2-4 hours or until completely set. (You can place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes if you are in a rush).
- Once the chocolate is completely hardened, break it into small barks using your hands. Serve and enjoy!
- Store the homemade chocolate almond bark in an airtight container at room temperature, and they’ll last for up to 1 week.