Chocolate Bark is an incredibly easy dessert and a great homemade gift! This Almond Chocolate Swirl Bark looks fancy but it was actually made with the help of my crew of two-year old’s!
On special occasions, or even just as a way to stay busy and practice listening habits, I like to gather all of my two year old’s in the kitchen for some baking. They get a chance to practice working co-operatively and then get to bring the “fruits of their labor” home as a special treat to enjoy with their families.
This chocolate almond bark allowed them to work together to pick out their favorite mix-in (almonds) and decide to make both milk chocolate and white chocolate bark by swirling the chocolates together. They took turns sprinkling in the almonds and using a butter knife to make patterns in the chocolate. I let the chocolate cool slightly before inviting them to help me work on it so that if they got curious and attempted to dip their fingers in the chocolate, it wouldn’t burn them.
Of course, you can quickly prepare this almond chocolate swirl bark without the kids, it really takes only 10 minutes to whip together so it’s perfect if you realize you need a last-minute gift for any occasion.
How to Make Almond Chocolate Swirl Bark
First, line a baking tray or casserole dish with parchment paper. I used a 9″ square casserole dish in case the kids got a little enthusiastic with their stirring.
Next, gather your ingredients:
- 2 cups milk chocolate squares or chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate squares or chips
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
You can melt the chocolate in the microwave in 25-second bursts (stirring well in between each heating) or in a heat-proof bowl overtop of boiling water. Melt the chocolates separately. You can even melt the milk chocolate first, but I preferred to do both with the microwave method at the same time (heating one while stirring the other).
Once you have completely worked out any lumps from the chocolate, pour the melted milk chocolate into the casserole dish (and if you’re working with kids, allow it to cool for about a minute).
You can add the white chocolate into the milk chocoalte a couple different ways – swirling it in or dropping spoonfuls in a haphazard fashion. We decided to do the spoonfuls method so the kids could be more involved.
Once the white chocolate is added, grab a metal spatula or butter knife and help the white chocolate get it’s swirl on! Drag it through the milk chocolate, twirl the knife in your hand – just make it pretty! Once you have a design that you like, sprinkle in the almonds and place the whole dish in the fridge to set.
The chocolate almond swirl bark should be completely set within 2 hours. Break it into pieces and package up however you’d like. I like grabbing pretty paper take-away boxes or saving berry boxes, and lining them with parchment paper.
Almond Chocolate Swirl Bark
Drooling over this almond chocolate bark! This easy dessert makes a great food gift if you can stop yourself from eating it all!