Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark

This dark chocolate bark is studded with candied orange peel, crystallized ginger and sliced almonds for a easy DIY holiday food gift or dessert.

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark // savvyeat.com

The downside of moving during the holiday season is that we’re going to have to alter or forgo some of our holiday traditions this year. We’re not going to be decorating our tree, for instance, as both it and our ornaments will be on a moving truck until the 22nd, at which point we’ll be so busy unpacking the essentials, we won’t have time to decorate. I’m going to be skipping my “make all of the cookies” weekend-long baking extravaganza for the same reason (though I suspect my back, shoulders and feet might thank me for that, given the whole I’ll-be-7-months-pregnant thing).

There are some positives to the timing too, though. For one, I’ve been listening to Christmas music on blast for weeks now. Dan usually puts a kibosh on hearing any holiday music until after Thanksgiving, so I’d stick to just listening via headphones or during the workday, when he wasn’t around to hear it. But with the move timed as it is, he’s accepted that he’s going to have to hear it a little early.  It is amazing how much holiday music lowers my stress level. I can’t imagine doing all this rushed packing without it!

We’ll still have kitchen access in the two weeks between when we leave Ithaca and get into our new house in Minnesota, since we’ll be crashing with my parents during that time. So I’ll still get to do some baking, and can break out all my traditional favorite recipes. I’m adding in a few super-easy treat recipes this year too, for gifting to friends and family. This chocolate bark totally fits the bill – it takes less than 10 minutes to make, and looks stunning. Plus, candied orange peel + crystallized ginger + sliced almonds is a winning combination in my book.

So here’s to happy and healthy holiday travels (or if you’re as crazy as Dan and I, holiday moves). Have some chocolate bark.

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark // Savvy Eats

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Orange and Ginger Dark Chocolate Bark

Making your own chocolate bark couldn't be easier, and makes for a stunning gift or dessert. Mix up the toppings as you please - dried pineapple would be great with the crystallized ginger and almonds, for instance!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (bittersweet chocolate can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup candied orange peel (I used this recipe from Savory Simple )
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon sliced blanched almonds

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and measure out 3/4 cup of the chocolate to set aside.
  2. Melt the rest of the chocolate over a double boiler, stirring often. If you don't have a double boiler, you can nestle a heatproof mixing bowl in a simmering pot of water, and melt the chocolate in the bowl.
  3. As soon as the chocolate is completely melted, remove it from the heat. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup of chocolate, stirring constantly until all the chocolate is melted.
  4. Spread the chocolate in a thin, even layer on the parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle with the orange peel, ginger and almonds, pressing lightly to adhere the toppings to the chocolate.
  6. Allow to set and cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours before breaking apart and serving.
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This month’s theme is Great Holiday Desserts hosted by Jenni Field at Pastry Chef Online. Cookies, cakes, pies and more for your holiday party planning! 

Great Holiday Desserts

Cakes

Candies

Cookies

Desserts

Pies and Tarts

37 DIY Food Gifts You Can Make This Weekend

37 DIY Food Gifts you can make in a weekend #diygifts #foodgifts #holiday

There are only 5 days to Christmas…have you finished making, buying and wrapping all your gifts? If not, have no fear – I have 37 DIY food gifts you can easily make in a weekend. Bonus: most, if not all, of these would also make excellent host(ess) gifts for all the remaining Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties!

Let’s get to it!

Fun Ingredients

Chai-infused sugar

Cinnamon, grapefruit, lemon, orange and vanilla extracts from Spoon Fork Bacon

Gingerbread caramel sauce from the Kitchn

Homemade cookie butter from Wine and Glue

Homemade ranch seasoning from Snappy Gourmet

Infused syrup gift jars from My New Roots

Infused vodkas from My Baking Addiction

Orange maple syrup from The Messy Baker

Stout and sriracha beer BBQ sauce from The Beeroness

Vanilla sugar from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

 

Kits – Put It All Together!

A basket of homemade spice blends from Naturally Ella

Cocktail kit

Homemade pasta gifts from Spoon Fork Bacon

Hot cocoa and chocolate mixes with maple marshmallows

Nacho kit

Popcorn kit

Seasoned salt pack (with printable)

 

Preserves

Cranberry mustard

Homemade plum ketchup with zinfandel from The Tomato Tart

Lemon-lime marmalade

Pear & apple chutney from The Tomato Tart

 

 

Snacks

Hazelnut-pistachio granola from Kitchen Treaty

Mexican hot chocolate roasted pecans

Nutty granola

 

 

Sweets

Apple cider chocolate covered toffee from Bran Appetit

Bourbon salted caramels from Shutterbean

Candied citrus peel from Shutterbean

Chocolate pretzel beer toffee from The Beeroness

Chocolate hazelnut marshmallows from Healthy. Delicious

Creamsicle marshmallows with spicy hot cocoa mix

Hot chocolate truffles from your cup of cake

Kahlua balls from Celebrations at Home

Maple cream

Peanut butter fudge from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Peppermint Oreo cookie balls from The Corner Kitchen

Sugared cranberries from Bran Appetit

Walnut and chocolate cake bars from Bakers Royale