Hello, lovelies! I come to you on a bright Saturday morning with an equally bright, colorful recipe (and a fun name to boot!)–chocolate party bark.
That’s right, folks.
A smooth combination of some good ol’ Ghiradelli semi-sweet and dark chocolate over crunchy, salty pretzels, and topped with a motherload of all things sweet and salty–popcorn, peanut m’n’m’s (not advised if you have a peanut allergy :P), sprinkles, and, of course, some peanut butter (which, as I found out, does not freeze. It kinda just stays peanut-buttery).
Par-tay, amiright? 😉
So I call this party bark for two reasons:
1. Because of all of the texture and flavor and craziness that’s going on in one little snippet of this bark, it’s like a party in your mouth *cue party emojis*.
2. This kinda combines all of the snacks you’d find at a social gathering–a.k.a. a party–in one go–you’ve got your salty snacks covered with the pretzels, the quintessential popcorn, and your sweet treats (the m’n’m’s and the chocolate). It’s kinda mindblowing if you think about it–so much crammed into something so simple.
Random tangent, but on the topic of things that are mindblowing, I found this website that puts everything in perspective, if you know what I mean. Not in the moral way where you realize how you literally have no real problems because there are kids going hungry in the world while you’re sittin’ here with a bowl of party bark at your fingertips–
Ahem. There’s a time for all of that, but that time is not now. Back to perspective.
It’s in the physical aspect, meaning that this website takes very smallest piece of matter known to man (the proton nucleus of a hydrogen atom, if you were interested) and the largest thing we know of (the observable universe, naturally) and puts both of these on a sliding scale with everything in between, from the Statue of Liberty to the Virgo Supercluster to a blue whale. It’s mind-boggling to me just how huge everything is and, at the same time, how there’s practically a separate universe underneath our fingertips that’s microscopically, almost inconceivably small. I love this kind of stuff, and thought I’d share it.
If you’re anything like me, after watching these, your mind is utterly melted and you’re stumped by the complexity of it all. So, to give our fried brains a break, let’s get back to something a bit simpler–party bark!
Like I said, these are pretty darn simple to make–you’re looking at all of the ingredients you’ll need right here (minus the peanut butter. I added that later. Oh, and the sprinkles, too!). To make these, you need a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, a bowl filled with 3 cups of your favorite chocolate chips (I used a combination of semi-sweet and 60% dark), some popcorn, a bag of pretzels, a handful of m’n’m’s, and some colorful sprinkles to make it look pretty. All you gotta do is melt the chocolate, line the parchment paper with a couple of pretzels, pour the chocolate over the pretzels, making sure it’s smooth, even, and not too thick, and then top with whatever you please until your heart’s content. You then pop it in the freezer for oh, half an hour or so, and bam. Chocolate party bark.
Can we just.
Glorious. Simply glorious.
Before we get into the recipe, I’d like to say something about the PB. I don’t recommend using it, because it doesn’t freeze right, and though it tastes delicious, it feels kinda greasy when you’re holding a piece. I’d recommend using white chocolate or something instead. That’s all. 😀
So. Let’s get into it, shall we?
- 3 c. chocolate chips (preferably semi-sweet)
- 1 bag of pretzels
- 1-2 c. of popcorn
- 1/2 c. peanut m'n'm's
- colorful sprinkles
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips until smooth and pourable, either in a microwave or over a double-boiler.
- Using about half of the pretzels, spread them out over the cookie sheet so that space is evenly covered, but that they don't overlap.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzels and smooth it out with a rubber spatula, taking care that the chocolate is even and not too thick.
- Using the remaining pretzels, popcorn, peanut m'n'm's, and sprinkles, top the chocolate, making sure each piece is firmly pressed into the chocolate. Decorate with as much as you want.
- Place the cookie sheet with the chocolate in the freezer for at least half an hour, until chocolate is set. Crack or cut bark once firm. Store in fridge or freezer.
- Measurements for the popcorn, m'n'm's, and sprinkles are only suggestions--you put as much or as little on your bark as you want!