Friday, 11 April 2014

Easy Easter Candy Bark

I wanted to make a pretty Easter-y treat that would go down well with children, but needed it to be something that would take the bare minimum time and effort. I was planning on going down the traditional chocolate nest/mini-egg/fluffy chick route, but in the supermarket was struck by inspiration and decided to do some pretty candy bark instead. 

Candy bark is the easiest thing in the world to make, you just need to accept that you're going to be needing quite a lot of chocolate! I used white, mainly because I felt it would look prettiest with the Mini Eggs and sprinkles. Once melted, I poured it onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper, and let the fun begin. A few smashed up Mini-Eggs, a Haribo here and there and, crucially, a scatter of sprinkles and a sprinkle of glitter. It's not going to win any awards for sophistication, but hey, I enjoyed myself. An hour in the fridge later, and I just snapped it up into pieces randomly. You could cut it with a sharp knife, but I was just too lazy. 

white chocolate candybark recipe

If you fancy making a more grown-up version of this, there's so many variations you could try. It's basically one of those big slabs that Hotel Chocolat do. You could try bits of meringue and dried strawberries,or a sprinkling of cinnamon, some nuts, stem ginger, a pinch of chilli...You could add peppermint essence to dark chocolate, or hazelnut essence to milk chocolate. I fancy adding salty things, like mini-pretzels or salted nuts. The possibilities are endless. That said, I do rather like the Mini Eggs - it is Easter after all. 

easter treats chocolate

I had picked up these little Easter egg cellophane bags from Poundland weeks ago (in one of my little random nonsense hauls, as I call them) and was glad to find a use for them. They came with the ribbon and everything, in a pack of twenty. I was pretty pleased with them actually, and think the little goodie bags look really sweet. Considering it took less than fifteen minutes of my time, and the whole thing including setting took just over an hour, I think it turned out quite nicely. 

Have you ever made candy bark? What are your favourite treats to put in it? 

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