Every year before Easter, I find myself up to my elbows in chocolate. For as long as I can remember, making homemade chocolates has been part of my family’s holiday tradition. I have so many fond memories of making Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs with my grandmother. Dipping Coconut Cream Eggs with a dear friend, who shared the same family tradition, and even dipping my eggs in a real live candy company have rounded out the holiday fun over the years.
Each year, I find myself with a little more chocolate than I really need and have come up with many delicious ways to avoid wasting it. Almond Bark with Sea Salt is a favorite. All of these chocolates make delightful gifts and, if you find yourself with too much chocolate–if there is such a thing!–it keeps for weeks in the refrigerator and freezes beautifully.
This bark is so easy to make in mere minutes, so there is no need to begin with the Easter candy, as I did. But if you would like to, simply click on the following links for the recipes:
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- 12 ounces your favorite dark chocolate (I like Wilbur Chocolate)
- 3/4 cup whole almonds (see note)
- 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
Add the almonds to the melted chocolate and stir to coat. Pour into the lined baking dish and spread the almonds out with a spatula.
Sprinkle with the sea salt and refrigerate until firm. When cooled, cut or break into individual pieces. I find it easiest to return the hardened chocolate to room temperature prior to cutting, score with a knife, and then cut into uniformly sized pieces.
- I like to use Marcona almonds. Blanched whole almonds are another good choice. If using these, toast on a rimmed baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. (Check a few minutes early to make sure the almonds are not over browning.) If you like smaller pieces of almond throughout your bark, slivered almonds may be used instead.
Hello! How long do you usually put it in the fridge for?
Just long enough to set the chocolate, Tho. Thirty minutes or so should be fine.
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A gift item and so delicious…thank you!
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Up to your elbows in chocolate is a great place to be! lol
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Great, thanks Ann!
Any recipe that starts with melting chocolate is a winner in my book. I LOVE the dark chocolate, almond, sea salt combo. This is craving I have on a regular basis!
I am with you, Valerie! The combination is so good!
Oh yummy! I adore sea salted dark chocolate! One question, do you use baking chocolate or other kind? The name you mentioned is not familiar.
Wilbur is a local/regional favorite. I am not sure how wide their distribution is. You can use any type of baking chocolate. Also, some grocery stores sell good quality melting chocolate which is often sold in bulk and is disk-shaped. Enjoy!