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Dark chocolate bark

French + American-style Chocolate Bark

  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Plenty of chocolate bark
  • Category: Chocolate, Sweets
  • Method: Tempering


Simple, quick, scrumptious and a fun project for kids. Spice and mix up chocolate bark any way you like, with whatever you have on hand. Or leave it pure and just have fun playing with chocolate!

For French-style chocolate bark, sprinkle the garnishes on top the poured chocolate. Otherwise, mix the garnishes in before spreading. 


  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (Ghirardelli or similar quality brand recommended)

Bark Garnish Ideas

  • small pieces of dried fruit
  • sliced or chopped nuts
  • crushed pretzels
  • crystallized ginger or citrus peel
  • rice cereal (mix in before spreading)
  • any flavor baking chips
  • marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs for s'mores chocolate bark


Melt + temper chocolate

  1. Set a small pot with an inch of water over medium-low heat.
  2. Place all but about a third of the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, and set it over the pot.
  3. Stir frequently until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Remove from heat and cool a few minutes (to 95° F to be exact). 
  5. Stir or whisk in remaining chopped chocolate.  Mix in garnishes at this step for American-style chocolate bark. 

Pour + garnish chocolate bark

  1. Onto parchment paper, pour melted chocolate and spread evenly with the back of a spoon or offset spatula. 
  2. For French-style bark sprinkle garnishes on top of spread chocolate after pouring.
  3. Cool at room temperature until set.  

For Chocolate Bark Shapes

After spreading and garnishes chocolate, let cool until ALMOST set. Press and remove a cutter into the bark to create desired shapes. Let cool completely before separating shapes. 


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