DIY Gift Idea: Trail Mix Bark
I love giving homemade gifts for Christmas, but I like to keep them simple, relatively inexpensive yet not cheap looking. This Trail Mix Bark is my new favorite.
6 squares chocolate almond bark
1 1/2 cups mixed nuts (we used unsalted walnuts, pecans, hazel nuts and almonds)
2 tablespoons dried cranberries (optional)
1/8 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Place chocolate squares into a glass bowl and microwave for 45 seconds.
Remove bowl from microwave and stir for about 1 minute or until chocolate is smooth and liquid. (If stirring does not completely melt chocolate, return bowl to microwave for 30 seconds and stir again.)
Line an 8×8 baking pan with wax paper.
Pour melted chocolate into baking pan and spread it evenly. Chocolate should be about 1/4 inch thick.
Using a spoon press nuts and cranberries into the chocolate.
Sprinkle with coconut and use a spoon to lightly press coconut flakes into the chocolate.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until chocolate is completely firm.
Break into large chunks and package in a tin lined with wax paper or food safe tissue paper. Trail Mix Bark can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Note: The quickest and simplest way to make this is with chocolate almond bark (candy coating), however the taste is a little different than regular chocolate. You can substitute 12 ounces of semi-sweet baking chocolate for the candy coating, but you will need to melt it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring constantly.
Rather than using an 8 x 8 dish, you will need to use a 9 x 13 dish and about 1/2 cup additional nuts, 1/8 cup dried cranberries and 1/4 cup shredded coconut.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour and it is ready to break apart and package.
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