Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Candy Cane Chocolate Bark

Howdy all and a very merry second day of Christmas to you! That's right, Christmas starts as soon as December does and I couldn't be happier! We are going to decorate our tree today, TODAY (i'm jumping around whilst typing this)!! So, in light of the festive season beginning I am bringing you my first festive themed post in the form of a really tasty, easy and affordable recipe for Christmas gifts. There's just something so lovely about receiving and gifting handmade Christmas presents! I always think it shows that a lot of time and effort went into the gift. In this consumer driven world we live in, it's nice to take a step back from the mad money panic and do something personal and thoughtful! This chocolate bark is great to make a big batch of and give as gifts to whomever you wish! So easy to whip up, it literally takes about 10mins to assemble, perfect for last minute gift ideas. Also, just a wee hint, I made enough for two gifts and it cost me about £1, so bargainous and no-one needs to know. All you have to do is leave it to cool, break it up and put it in pretty bags tied up with string, sorted! So, without further adieu let's get on with the recipe...

You will need:-

100g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
100g white chocolate, broken into chunks
about 3 candy canes, bashed up
some edible glitter
festive sprinkles or whatever you have that would look good

Here's the plan:-

1. Melt your dark chocolate and white chocolate which ever way is easier for you, but remember to be careful we don't want any burnt chocolate in there. I used a bowl over a pan of boiling water for the dark chocolate and the microwave in 5-10s bursts for the white chocolate.
2. Lay some baking paper, shiny side up on a flat surface.
3. Pour the shiny melted dark chocolate unto the baking paper.
4. Immediately after, pour the white chocolate unto the dark chocolate, swirling around as you go!
5. Take the a knife and swirl the chocolate around, letting it spread a little as you go, being careful not to spread it too thin. You should have a lovely swirly patterned chocolate.
6. Take your candy canes and sprinkle over the top of the chocolate.
7. Sprinkle over your festive sprinkles, or whatever you are using. Cranberries, nuts and raisins would work great too! This would be great for a more adult friendly version.
8. Dust with edible glitter and leave to cool where it is or in the fridge, whatever's easier!
9. When it's cooled until it's solid, break it up into sporadic chunks and put in little bags and tie with ribbon. You will need to store this somewhere cool, it won't look so pretty as candy cane chocolate soup in a bag!

And there you have it, a 10minute edible Christmas gift, yummy! By the way, it's perfectly acceptable to make this with the intention of giving it as a gift but end up eating it all yourself, it's Christmas after all, you've got to treat yourself too!

There you go, a very easy and tasty handmade Christmas gift that friends and family will love. It's an especially easy recipe to have children help make, they will love licking the bowl of melted chocolate after (my husband still does this!). Please let me know if you give this a go. Also, do you have any great gifting ideas, please share them in the comments, let's inspire each other through this festive season. I've got some more recipes and ideas where that came from so stay tuned over the next month! As always, thanks for reading,

Rachael xx.