Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Toffee Pretzel Bark

Each year at Christmas time, I always have lofty aspirations that I will make all sorts of delicacies that involve plenty of time and talent.  As Christmas draws closer and closer those aspirations start to disappear and reality sets in...  Which means in the back of my mind I am always searching for one ridiculously simple and easy recipe.  This year it is Toffee Pretzel Bark.

A ridiculously easy recipe combining dark chocolate, salty pretzels, crunchy, buttery toffee bits and a bit of white chocolate to round it out.  It seriously takes 10 minutes of "busy" time mixed in with a few trips to the fridge to cool.

Doesn't that look great?  When I took it to work the nurses kept making trips the the staff room just to grab another bite!

Here's the recipe:

Toffee Pretzel Bark
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups Skor toffee pieces, divided
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips
*Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
*In a double boiler (or a metal mixing bowl placed over a pot of boiling water), melt the dark chocolate chips, stirring until the chocolate is melted and no chips remain. (You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring it at 30 second intervals.)
*Remove from the heat, add the pretzels and 1 cup of the toffee pieces, and stir to combine.
*Spread the chocolate mixture out on the prepared baking sheet, and transfer to the fridge for about 30 minutes.
*While the mixture hardens in the fridge, melt the white chocolate chips.
*Remove the baking sheet from the fridge, and spread the white chocolate in a thin layer over the top.  The white chocolate and dark chocolate will swirl together a little.
*Sprinkle with the remaining toffee pieces, and return to the fridge for about 30 minutes.
*Once the chocolate has hardened break into pieces, using a knife if necessary. I just used the tip of my knife to break bite sized pieces off.  Or you can roughly cut it if you prefer a more consistent look. Store in an airtight container.

-Carla :)

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