Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Potato Chip & Pretzel Dark Chocolate Bark

This is a recipe I searched for when we were putting a gift together for my Auntie Norma's birthday. Norma is the queen of chips - she would choose a bowl of chips over a sweet treat any day! While we were at the beach, I asked her if she's ever met a chip she doesn't like and she said once! We got her a couple bags of chips, but we wanted to incorporate chips in a more creative way into her gifts! So we made some bark with potato chips on it! Here is our recipe...

Start by melting to cups of chocolate (or 24 oz). We used dark chocolate to go for a more bitter taste. However, you could use milk chocolate instead! Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. While the chocolate is melting line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I used my silicone baking mats instead). Once the chocolate is melted, pour it onto the parchment paper. Spread it out as evenly as possible - it should be about 1/4 inch thick.

Measure out 1 cup potato chips (I used Ruffles) and 1 cup of pretzels (I used gluten free pretzels) to spread over the chocolate. I very lightly broke up the potato chips and the pretzels to not have such big pieces in the bark. Once broken up, sprinkle the pretzels and the potato chips over the melted chocolate, covering the surface as evenly as possible.

Once the pretzels and the chips have been sprinkled over the chocolate, transfer the baking sheet to the fridge to let the bark solidify for about an hour. You can start to check on the bark around the 45 minute mark. It might take less then an hour to solidify.
When the bark is completely solid, use a knife to cut it into pieces or break it into pieces with your hands. I just broke it up into pieces for a little bit of a rougher, more coarse look.
When the bark is broken into smaller pieces, you can put it right on a platter to serve or you can package it in an air tight container to store in the fridge. I packaged the bark in a cellophane gift bag, tied some twine around the top to hold it shut and attached a little note that said 'for our favorite sweet & salty friend.'

This bark is such a perfect combo of sweet and salty & I especially love how easily it was made gluten free! See you tomorrow!

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