BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate

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BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate

The sweet allure of dark chocolate! Who can resist its rich, velvety embrace, especially when it’s combined with a delightful crunch? If you’ve ever found yourself munching on a bag of BarkTHINS, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The irresistible combo of dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt and a crunch—pure bliss! Today, let’s ditch the wrapper and whip up our own batch of homemade BarkTHINS dark chocolate goodness.

How to make BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate

BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate is a popular snack made by taking thin slivers of dark chocolate and adding various toppings, such as nuts, seeds, or fruit pieces, before letting them set. The result is a crunchy, indulgent treat that combines the richness of dark chocolate with complementary flavors and textures.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz of high-quality dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher, friends, for that rich, deep flavor)
  • A pinch of flaky sea salt (because what’s sweetness without a little contrast, right?)

Your choice of toppings:

  • Crushed nuts (think almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts for that satisfying crunch)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries or cherries, anyone?)
  • Seeds (pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for a nutty bite)
  • Go wild with extras like a drizzle of caramel or a sprinkle of spice

Instructions:

  1. Prep Time: Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. No sticking, no mess – smooth sailing.
  2. Temper, Don’t Burn: Chop your chocolate roughly – no need for perfection here. Melt it in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. A double boiler situation, you ask? You bet! Gently stir until smooth and utterly luscious.
  3. Spread the Love: Pour that molten chocolate onto your parchment paper, and with a spatula in hand, spread it around like you’re an artist and that’s your canvas. Dreamy, thin, but not too thin – we’re not making crepes here!
  4. Sprinkle Sprinkle: Here comes the fun part. Throw on your toppings like you’re a chef in a trendy kitchen. A dash of sea salt, a handful of nuts, some fruit – make it rain deliciousness!
  5. Chill Out: Slide the tray into the fridge. Let it set, let it harden. Patience, my friend – good things come to those who wait.
  6. Breakup Drama: Once solid, it’s time for a little breakup. Crack your slab of chocolatey joy into shards. Big, small, uneven – it’s not about perfection; it’s all character.

Tips for Topping Success:

  • Balancing Act: Too much toppings, and you’ll drown out the chocolate; too little, and it’s a lonely chocolate dessert. Find that sweet spot.
  • Size Matters: Keep your toppings roughly the same size for a harmonious texture.
  • To Roast or Not to Roast: If you’re using nuts, give them a quick toast first. Trust me, it’s a game-changer—deep, nutty flavors that complement the darkness of the chocolate? Yes, please!

What to serve with

You’ve got your homemade BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate sitting pretty and ready to dazzle, but you’re pondering, “What on earth do I pair with these beauties to make my taste buds sing?” Fear not; we’ve got your back with some top-notch ideas that will take your chocolate experience from “wow” to “whoa.”

The Perfect Pour:

  • Coffee or Espresso: Ah, the classic duo. Imagine the rich, dark chocolate melting slightly as you sip on a hot, bold espresso. It’s like they were meant to be, each enhancing the other’s flavors.
  • Red Wine: Want to feel fancy and indulgent? A full-bodied red wine with hints of berry, plum, or spice is your go-to. The complex flavors of the wine paired with the deep, earthy notes of dark chocolate? Chef’s kiss!
  • Craft Beer: Yep, beer! A stout or porter with its roasted malt flavors can actually complement the richness of the chocolate. Think chocolate cake meets coffee shop vibes. Divine!

Snack-Tastic Combinations:

  • Cheese Platter: Now, this might sound a bit out there, but cheese and chocolate are the power couple we all need. Try some sharp cheddar or creamy brie alongside your BarkTHINS and watch the magic happen.
  • Fruit Medley: Fresh strawberries, bananas, dried apricots, or even tart cherries can create a sweet and tangy contrast that makes the dark chocolate pop in all the right ways.
  • Nuts & Seeds: Sure, you might already have some in your BarkTHINS, but offering a side of roasted almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds adds texture and layers to your snacking adventure.

A Touch of Whimsy:

  • Marshmallows & Graham Crackers: Who said s’mores can only be enjoyed around a campfire? Stack a marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers, give it a quick zap in the microwave, and hello, gooey goodness!
  • Whipped Cream Dip: Light, fluffy, and slightly sweet – whipped cream can be a dreamy dip for your chocolate shards. Add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla for an extra flavor kick.

And for the Finale – Tea:

  • Herbal Teas: Think peppermint or chamomile. The soothing qualities of herbal tea with the decadent bite of dark chocolate? It’s like a spa day for your taste buds.
  • Chai: The spices in chai tea – think cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger – can elevate the flavor notes in the chocolate, making for a warm, refreshing pairing.

Ingredients Substitutes

Dark Chocolate BarkTHINS

You’re all set to whip up a batch of homemade dark chocolate, and lo and behold, you’re missing an ingredient or two. Your heart skips a beat—panic? No way! Substitutions are here to save your day and might just add an unexpected twist to your chocolaty creation.

Cocoa Butter

The real McCoy in dark chocolate is cocoa butter, but let’s say that’s as absent as a ghost on a bright summer’s day. What to do? Well, my friend, you can swoop in with coconut oil or even good old unsalted butter as a stand-in for cocoa butter. The texture might change a bit—think of it like a chocolate with a different groove—but you’ll still end up with something delicious.

Cocoa Powder

If your cupboard’s cocoa-less, fear not! A mix of unsweetened baking chocolate and a smidge of sugar (because unsweetened chocolate is like a tango without the passion) can step in. Melt that baby down, toss in the sweet crystals, and you’re back in business.

Sugar

Now for the sweet talk. If regular sugar has left the building, let’s invite someone else to the party. Maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar can glide in gracefully as your new dance partner. Just watch how much you pour—things can get pretty sweet pretty fast.

Let’s Get Nutty

Throwing in nuts to your dark chocolate? No walnuts? No worries! Almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts could twirl right into the mix. Each nut has its own personality, adding a delightful new crunch and character to your concoction.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is like the unsung hero of flavors, subtly doing its thing. If it’s gone missing, take a chance on almond extract, giving you a nutty wink of flavor, or even scrap out a vanilla pod if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Final Thoughts

And that, my fellow chocolate connoisseur, is how you create a stash of BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate that’ll have you sneakily coming back for more. So give it a whirl, and who knows, you just might be the next chocolatier in town! 

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BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate

BarkTHINS Dark Chocolate

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 180 calories 11 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz of high-quality dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher, friends, for that rich, deep flavor)
  • A pinch of flaky sea salt (because what's sweetness without a little contrast, right?)

Your choice of toppings:

  • Crushed nuts (think almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts for that satisfying crunch)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries or cherries, anyone?)
  • Seeds (pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for a nutty bite)
  • Go wild with extras like a drizzle of caramel or a sprinkle of spice

Instructions

  1. Prep Time: Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. No sticking, no mess – smooth sailing.
  2. Temper, Don't Burn: Chop your chocolate roughly – no need for perfection here. Melt it in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. A double boiler situation, you ask? You bet! Gently stir until smooth and utterly luscious.
  3. Spread the Love: Pour that molten chocolate onto your parchment paper, and with a spatula in hand, spread it around like you're an artist and that's your canvas. Dreamy, thin, but not too thin – we're not making crepes here!
  4. Sprinkle Sprinkle: Here comes the fun part. Throw on your toppings like you're a chef in a trendy kitchen. A dash of sea salt, a handful of nuts, some fruit – make it rain deliciousness!
  5. Chill Out: Slide the tray into the fridge. Let it set, let it harden. Patience, my friend – good things come to those who wait.
  6. Breakup Drama: Once solid, it’s time for a little breakup. Crack your slab of chocolatey joy into shards. Big, small, uneven – it's not about perfection; it's all character.

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