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5-Minute Hostess Gift: Dark Chocolate Bark


Dark chocolate bark is an easy and versatile hostess gift for the holidays

We are entering the festive season, and you know what that means: parties, parties, parties! It seems like there is something going on every weekend leading up to Christmas: open houses, dinners, and let us not forget the social whirl that comes with children's activities.

I don't know about you, but I hate arriving at a party empty-handed. A bottle of wine is always an acceptable (and loved!) hostess gift, but that can get expensive at this busy time of year. Why not try a homemade gift from your kitchen instead?

This dark chocolate bark is one of my favourite hostess gifts. It also makes a great teacher gift, birthday gift, sorry-you're-feeling-sad gift, congratulations-on-your-new-job gift, and your-new-baby-is-so-cute-here-eat-this-while-I-sniff-its-head gift. In other words, it's perfect for every occasion. The best part is that it takes FIVE MINUTES to put together, and you can customize the ingredients to the recipient's taste. Depending on the type of chocolate and the ingredients you choose, it can be vegan, gluten-free, and/or nut-free. It just doesn't get any better than that! 


2 cups dark chocolate chips, or chopped dark chocolate
1/3 cup dried blueberries 
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds


  Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.

  In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips, stirring every 30 seconds. Alternately, melt in the top of a double boiler, stirring often.

  Stir in the dried blueberries and pumpkin seeds. Spread mixture evenly over prepared baking sheet.

  Place baking sheet in the freezer for 30-60 minutes, until chocolate is firm.

  Break chocolate into pieces, wrap in cellophane or put in festive tin, and get to that party! 


Other Combinations To Try

For the classic hostess:
1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped almonds
For the exotic hostess:
1/3 cup chopped dried mango
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
For the Buddy the Elf hostess:
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
For the Glossette-loving hostess:
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup peanuts
For the sweetness and light hostess:
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup chopped cashews

The humble ingredients await!

The gooey melted chocolate.

Mix in the additions of choice, and then spread on the parchment paper sheet. Freeze for an hour and then...

Breaking up is hard to do! Not really. It's quite easy. What's not easy is not eating it all immediately.


Want more easy and delicious hostess gifts? Try my Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark, my Decadent Dark Chocolate Truffles, or my Easy Peppermint Fudge. Got a Bailey's lover who can't have dairy? Try my Homemade Dairy-Free Bailey's.