and another christmas gift from the kitchen – dark chocolate candied ginger bark

bark

This is another Christmas treat recipe that I got from a co-worker. My husband tried to convince me that this batch should be a “test batch” but I managed to save most of it and hide it away from him. And then I ate a couple of pieces. And maybe another. I think I might have to buy some more dark chocolate tomorrow.

It’s an un-recipe, really. You can put anything in this that you like – the only constants are good quality dark chocolate and candied ginger. I like to make mine with a salted nut of some kind, though having forgotten to buy peanuts or cashews one year, I substituted trail mix and it turned out great. The proportions are up to you, but I will give you what I use.

Dark Chocolate Candied Ginger Bark

  • 1 lb dark chocolate (I use wafers)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of candied ginger, chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1/3 cup or more dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup or more nuts (macadamia, cashews, peanuts, almonds – all good)

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, add in remaining ingredients and spread on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Put it someplace cool to harden, then gently break into pieces. Store somewhere cool until needed.

I usually just store my candies and fudge out in the garage until Christmas. I did learn the hard way to keep them up out of the reach of the dogs. They can demolish hours of work in seconds. And our vets are our friends, but even they get tired of telephone calls on weekends and holidays.

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29 thoughts on “and another christmas gift from the kitchen – dark chocolate candied ginger bark

  1. Now this one I have to make, and not having an oven even I can make it!!! I love chocolate, like you do I would guess, maybe I will have to store this somewhere else until Christmas.

  2. Sarah says:

    OMGosh, yes please! This looks fantastic, Heidi, thanks so much for posting this! Merry Christmas to us! πŸ™‚

    • Yep, Merry Christmas to me! I’m not sure any of this will make it out of the house, much like the thumbprint cookies that I made to put in the freezer this weekend. None made it into the freezer. Not even a crumb.

  3. This sounds fantastic. I can give tins to my neighbours. Thanks for the idea.

    • You’re welcome. I give away tins of these and fudge every year. It always seems to go over well.

      • We did it. We made about ten tins full of this delicious chocolate – enough to give away to our kids, neighbours and friends. It is a fabulous recipe. Thank you. We are going to try and make your 5 min fudge tomorrow.

        • I’m so pleased that you like it too! A coworker brought this into the hospital where I was working a few years ago and I’ve been making it ever since. She’s also the one that I got the white chocolate mix recipe from. The fudge is something else that I’ve been making and giving away for over a decade now and I’ve been told that the recipients look forward to it each year. It almost makes me feel like I can cook.

  4. Kerry says:

    Yes, please! This looks great

  5. I adore candied ginger! I put it in my granola. This sounds even better.

  6. I love candied ginger too – should give this one a try. I made Christmas cake with my sister-in-law one year sort of in memory of my mom and I put it away so well that I did not find it until the next summer!

  7. I thought I had discovered all the ways to use candied ginger, but this is a new one. I definitely WILL be making this treat. Thanks so much, Heidi.

  8. I am going to have to make this πŸ™‚

  9. Somer says:

    I can see why it goes over well. Simple and incredible. So much goodness packed into chocolate, who can resist?!

  10. Alia says:

    This looks like such an easy Christmas treat! Thanks for sharing. I’ve nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year Award. I have loved following your blog this year! http://aunaturelessence.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

  11. biggsis says:

    This sounds wonderful and easy Heidi! Re-found you via wildcrafting Wednesdays. I don’t blame you for hiding this!

  12. Ahh…you have just solved my problem of a quick Christmas gift for friends at work as I have overdone it recently buying pots of candied Ginger!

  13. PJ Girl says:

    I love the photo Heidi – so Christmassy πŸ™‚ I like two in one gifts especially the edible kind.

  14. […] goodies that I make at Christmas to give away – 5 minute fudge, white chocolate party mix and dark chocolate/ginger bark. Unfortunately I think I ate nearly as much as I gave away. Unless I can blame my incredibly […]

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