Dear friends: here is the perfect thoughtful gift for the host of a holiday party or your BFF you’re meeting for coffee over the holidays. Come on, I know you all don’t have your presents lined up under the tree yet (unless you already made my hot cocoa mix in a jar!). This second edible DIY gift features some favorite flavors of mine: rich chocolate, chunky peanut butter swirled into creamy white chocolate, the crunch of toasted pecans, and big flakes of sea salt. Mouth watering yet? Let’s dig in! I vote for 2 batches..
While these were the flavors I picked, use this recipe as a guide to make your own favorite- white chocolate base and crushed peppermint would be seasonally appropriate, or stir cinnamon into a white chocolate layer on top of dark chocolate with mini marshmallows.
Swirled Chocolate Bark (makes 4 small gift bags)
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
- 4 ounces white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter
- Optional: 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
- Sprinkle of flaked sea salt
Melt your semi-sweet chocolate using the double boiler method (or the microwave). On a half sized baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat, use a spatula to spread out the semi-sweet chocolate in one thick layer. Using a clean pot or bowl, melt the white chocolate chips. Once melted, stir in the peanut butter, adding coconut oil if the peanut butter isn’t very oily. This will create a thinner melted chocolate with some texture.
Using a spoon, drop the white chocolate in even lines across the semi-sweet chocolate layer. Then, using a butter knife, move the edge of the knife around all over the chocolate to create the swirled look. Keep going until you get the look you want! Top this layer with the chopped pecans and plenty of flaky sea salt. Refrigerate for one hour to set the chocolate.
Using your hands, break the chocolate up into small pieces. Don’t be surprised if you get some chocolate on your hands- they are warmer than the fridge! I used little gift bags with tags to bag mine up, and they can be kept in the fridge or at room temperature until its time for gifting.