I’ve partnered with Planter’s and Collective Bias to create this Double Chocolate Nut Bark. Packed with nuts, raisins and cranberries, this bark is a simple and tasty holiday treat!
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I’d never heard about Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey until we moved up North. Did you know that the reindeer cannot climb the hills of Italy? Yup, that’s where Dominick comes in! Seriously, when this song comes on the radio (and it comes on quite often up here), I can’t help but start dancing around like the guys in this video.
Speaking of Italians, I’ve mentioned here many times that my wife’s family is half-Italian. We celebrate Christmas with Italian meats, huge pots of ravioli…and nuts. Yup, my father-in-law loves peanuts. Well, not just peanuts. More like those cans of deluxe mixed nuts with all sorts of pecans, almonds and cashews thrown in along with the peanuts. It’s not a family gathering without several cans of deluxe mixed nuts. This past summer, I bought a huge can of plain salted peanuts before my father-in-law came up to visit. I won’t ever make that mistake again.
The other day, I was at Walmart grabbing a can of mixed nuts, and I noticed that Planter’s has several seasonal varieties out. As soon as I saw the Holiday Nut Crunch, I knew it would be perfect for this Double Chocolate Nut Bark. (I also grabbed a can of the deluxe mixed nuts for my dad-in-law…like I said, I learned my lesson!)
This past Spring when my wife and I were in Belgium, we came across some of the most amazing chocolate we’d ever eaten. We sampled more chocolate in a week than I think I’ve ever eaten in my entire life…but then again, we were in Belgium. Chocolate is virtually it’s own food group over there! One of my favorite chocolate shops had all sorts of unique varieties of chocolate barks. I’m talking chocolate topped with lavender, coffee beans, speculoos cookies, nuts, fruit, etc. We brought back quite a bit, but sadly it didn’t last very long. So when I saw that the Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch included peanuts, raisins, almonds, cashews and cranberries, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to make a batch of my Double Chocolate Nut Bark.
For this Double Chocolate Nut Bark, I used a base of semi-sweet chocolate (Belgian, of course!), but then I swirled in a bit of milk chocolate and white chocolate. Add in the Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch, and you’ve got a fun and easy sweet treat that makes a perfect gift for neighbors and co-workers! (If you’re one of my neighbors, then please just act surprised when I show up on your doorstep with this Double Chocolate Nut Bark.)
As Christmas gets closer and the season gets more and more hectic, don’t forget to sit down and enjoy the holidays a bit. As for me, I’ll be listening to Dominick the Christmas Donkey and munching on some Double Chocolate Nut Bark. Enjoy!
Did you make a batch of this Double Chocolate Nut Bark at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Double Chocolate Nut Bark
- 24 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chopped
- 8 oz. white or milk chocolate, chopped (see note below)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch divided
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat; set aside. (Note: I wanted thicker pieces of bark, so I used a half sheet-pan. If you prefer thinner bark, you can easily use a full sheet pan.)
- Place the semi-sweet chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl and set over a pan of gently simmering water. (The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.) Stir occasionally until the chocolate has fully melted.
- Using an offset spatula, spread half of the melted semi-sweet chocolate evenly across the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon and half of the Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch over the chocolate. Spread the remaining melted semi-sweet chocolate on top.
- Repeat Step #2 using white (or milk) chocolate.
- Spoon the melted white chocolate onto the semi-sweet chocolate. Use a kitchen knife to swirl the white chocolate into the semi-sweet chocolate.
- Sprinkle the remaining Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch evenly across chocolate. Press the nuts gently into the melted chocolate.
- Refrigerate pan for one hour or until chocolate has fully cooled.
- Break bark into pieces before serving. (Note: Remaining bark should be stored in an airtight container.)
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