Introduction: Mint Chocolate Chip Bark
When I was younger, I wasn't such a fan of mint chocolate chip, but it has grown on me more and more over the years. As may be obvious, I really enjoy making and eating chocolate barks, so I knew I would one day need to make a minty version and that day has finally come. Check out how I made mint chocolate chip bark and how you can make it too!
Step 1: Supplies and Getting Started
Simple ingredients as always :)
- 12oz of chocolate of choice - I used semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 blocks (about 2 oz) of white chocolate
- Green food coloring
- 1 tsp mint extract - if you don't want the chocolate to seize, you will need to use a mint oil, but use less oil than you would extract
- Mini chocolate chips (optional topping)
Other optional toppings
- Wax paper or Baking mat
- Microwaveable containers
- Measuring spoons
- Toothpick (for the gel food coloring)
To start, melt your base chocolate and spread it on your baking mat.
When you are melting chocolate in the microwave, remember to set it to 50% power if you are able and check/stir it every 30 seconds or so. It will melt before it looks like it is melted. You have to stir it to see if it is ready or not.
Step 2: Adding Mintiness
To add mintiness to the bark, I used some white chocolate and mint extract similar to how I added the orange flavoring to the Fruity Chocolate Bark.
Since this is being added to a bigger chocolate base, you can flavor the white chocolate fairly strongly. I think 1 teaspoon will do it, but you can add an additional 1/2 - 1 teaspoon. Remember, if you decide to use oil instead of extract, make sure you add less. I haven't used them, but I have read that oils are stronger than extracts.
Add some green food coloring too so that the look matches the taste! Don't get it too dark, you just want a light, minty green.
Now, because I used a water based extract, my chocolate seized, but I don't really care too much. I threw down some globs of my minty white chocolate on the chocolate base and then smoothed it out using the back of a spoon.
Once it covers the base chocolate to your liking, add whatever topping you would like to use. I used mini chocolate chips since I always think of mint and chocolate as Mint Chocolate Chip. If you add toppings, give them a little tap to make sure they stick into the chocolate (if you use jimmies or chocolate shavings, you'll probably just have to leave them as they will be difficult to push into the chocolate). If you don't push your toppings in, when you break the bark (rather than cut it), the toppings will want to fly off.
Now, either leave it out or put it in the fridge until hard.
Step 3: Break and Enjoy
Time to break apart the bark! I still like to break it into irregular pieces, but you can also take a sharp knife and get more even, nice edged pieces.
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