Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

With the holidays right around the corner, our minds quickly turn to yummy sweets. The top of my list … chocolate bark.

I love making chocolate bark because it is so darn easy, and impressive. It is fantastic for:

  • Bringing to pot luck dinners
  • Giving as gifts wrapped in cellophane or stored in pretty mason jars
  • Nibbling on throughout the holidays

What Chocolate to Use

I like to use bittersweet or dark chocolate (70-85%) for my bark. Pairing dark chocolate with the sweetness of the peanut butter chips makes a treat that is not overly sweet. You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate, but just make sure that it is good quality.

Heating the Chocolate

The chocolate can be melted in a double boiler on the stove top or in the microwave. To make sure the chocolate sets up properly:

  • If using a double boiler*, make sure the water is simmering – not boiling. Melt the chocolate slowly.
  • If using the microwave, heat for 30 seconds at a time on 50 – 75% power. Stir after every heating cycle.
  • Whether using the stove or microwave, stir often and do not allow the temperature to get over 90 °F (32 °C). If it gets hotter than this, or is heated too quickly, the chocolate will “break” and will not set up properly.

*What is a double boiler: it is just a bowl placed on top of a pot with water in it. Make sure that the bowl is larger than the pot.

Peanut Butter Chips

Peanut butter chips can be found in the baking section of the grocery store. They are made for baking into cookies, etc.

Do not use regular peanut butter because it will not set up like the chips will. One way I have heard of substituting peanut butter is if you layer the chocolate and peanut butter. If you want to do this:

  • Melt and spread out a layer of chocolate
  • Allow it harden a bit before adding the heated peanut butter
  • Add a layer of melted peanut butter (just heat it in a pan until it is liquidy)
  • Allow the peanut butter to cool
  • Spread another layer of melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer
  • Allow all of it to cool and set. Then cut.

Add Your Imagination

This recipe is fantastic as is. But, you can easily substitute the peanut butter chips for other toppings:

  • Dried fruit
  • Finely chopped nuts
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Coconut

As long as you have a good chocolate base, you are all set. Sprinkle any toppings you want onto the chocolate before it sets.

To set up the chocolate, leave for 2 hours in a cool, dry location, or refrigerate for about 30 minutes. If you plan on giving this as a gift, make sure that you make a test batch first.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark Recipe

Print Recipe

Servings Prep/Cook Time Cook Time
10 7 minutes 2 Hours

Recipe Notes

  • Amounts in this recipe do not need to be precise.
  • Suggested toppings:
    • Dried fruit
    • Finely chopped nuts
    • Crushed candy canes
    • Coconut

INGREDIENTS

  • 228 grams (1.5 Cups) Dark Chocolate
  • 140 grams (1 Cup) Peanut Butter Chips

DIRECTIONS

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Gather your ingredients.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
If using a double boiler, set it up by adding about 2 inches of water in the pot. Chop your chocolate for easier melting.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Pour the melted chocolate onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (or use a silicone mat). There is no need to grease the paper or mat. Use a rubber spatula to spread out the chocolate to your desired thickness. I like to have it about 1/4 inch thick.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Now melt the peanut butter chips in the microwave. (You can do this in a double boiler as well) Heat for 30 seconds at a time on 50 – 75% power. Stir after every 30 seconds. Remove from microwave once completely melted.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Drizzle melted peanut butter chips onto chocolate. Then use a bamboo stick or other utensil to swirl the melted peanut butter chips through the chocolate.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Allow the bark to set by placing it in a cool dry place for 2 hours. This can be on the counter. Or, you can chill in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
I like to cut the bark into uneven pieces using a knife. The knife lets me choose the size of the pieces.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark
Store in a container on the counter or in the fridge. If the chocolate was melted properly (not too hot or too fast), it will not melt at room temperature.

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