Double Chocolate Nut Bark
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!
Can we talk about Christmas music for a minute? I love me some Christmas music. I listen to it all through the holidays while I’m baking in the kitchen or out running errands. I normally prefer the classics, but I’ve branched out this year into some Celtic tunes and even some Cajun Zydeco Christmas music. Believe it or not, my favorite Christmas song is actually one that I discovered only about 3 or 4 years ago. It’s not sung by One Direction or The Vamps (*shudder*). It’s by Nick the Pizza Guy.
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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Oh my gosh… I can’t stop laughing over that Christmas tune! Dude, you are a complete riot!
In other news… I bought two packages of cocoa almonds and only used one in my recipe. Now I’m wondering how well they’d work in your chocolate nut bark. That swirl is intoxicating!
I was tempted to put some cocoa almonds into the bark, but then I decided it might be overkill with both kinds! Too funny! Now I’m off to sing some Dominick the Donkey and eat chocolate bark. 🙂
Okay that song is just hilarious- it’s fascinating what goes as ‘normal’ when you look at things regionally! I just love the color you achieved with the swirl on this bark! #client
Not only is Dominick the most hilarious Christmas song ever…but it’s crazy catchy. I’ve been singing it all day now! Thanks, Jenna! 🙂
Now I have “jiggety jig it’s Dominick the Donkey, the Italian Christmas donkey lalalala” stuck in my head – Thanks!!!
Dude, if I was one of your neighbors, I would talk your other neighbor to letting me answer their door when you came a knocking and then I would have 2 – that’s right – 2 servings of these barks!! Such an easy and truly delightful treat! My daughter was gonna make her teachers some homemade magic shell – but I need to show her these (that way I can eat the leftovers) 🙂
You totally should teach her how to make this bark, Shashi! Melting chocolate in a double-boiler isn’t hard, but it’s a good baking skill to learn. Actually, I bet lil Shashi already knows how to do that…she is your daughter after all! 🙂
Now if I went to knock on my neighbor’s door and you answered, then I would be REALLY confused. Although if you answered, could we break into caroling together? Starting with “jiggety jig it’s Dominick the Donkey…”?
Don’t even get me started on Italian Christmas meals! That song is THE Christmas song in my fam! 😛 But this chocolate bark looks absolutely delicious! Gotta try it soon!!
Thank you so much, Christina! Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Dominick the Donkey. You totally understand how Italian Christmas meals are…basically it’s just more pasta that you’ve ever seen in your entire life, right? 🙂
Haha, that song is hilarious! I am loving this bark, especially the swirl.
Thanks so much, Dannii! (And I apologize in advance for this song being stuck in your head for the rest of the day…Happy Holidays!)
This looks pretty thick and glad you used the smaller pan – who needs brittle bark, right? Give me the chunks and this bark looks loaded up. And I see one of my favorites – cranberries nested in there too! #WolfpackEats
I was a little surprised at how thick this came out, Kevin! I thought it would be a bit thinner, but then I took a bite. Now I’m SO glad I used the smaller pan this time…it was the first time I’ve made it with the smaller pan, but I don’t think I’m going back now. 🙂
OH, and Dominic and the gang were quite entertaining, thanks for sharing! 🙂 Eeee haw!
You will be singing about Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey all day now…but then again, it could be worse, right? Happy Holidays, my Wolfpack friend!
Dude, this bark is ridiculous, wow. They would make the perfect Christmas gift. we LOVE Christmas music and that video was awesome. #wolfpackeats
Thanks so much, Matt! I may or may not be nibbling on a piece of bark right now. Bark is pretty much allowed at all times of the day during the holidays!
Dude… we both posted bark recipes… how cute. It’s like we are recipe synced or something. #wolfpacktwins
I noticed that…but your version included bacon. And bacon makes everything better. It’s official. And now I want some of your bark…can we make a trade??
This looks so good! I’m sure it would be a huge hit at my house. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Dara!! I gotta admit…this bark disappeared way too fast around here. 🙂 I think I’ll be making another batch soon for neighbor gifts, though. I may or may not also sneak a little bit out of that batch for me, too. Don’t tell anyone, though! Haha.
This bark looks absolutely delicious, David! Also, I was completely clueless about Dominick the Donkey until today. Thanks for sharing that video.
Thanks, Sean! Also, I consider it in an honor that I was able to be the one to open your eyes to Dominick the Donkey…*jiggety jig heehaw heehaw*
Love the idea of doing a swirled bark, David!
Thanks, Anne-Marie! When you can’t decide which chocolate to use, go with both and swirl ’em together! 🙂
That song cracked me up man, it’s awesome!
And that swirled bark…what can I say??? It’s out of this world!
I would like to request an Instagram video of you singing Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey…can you make that wish come true, Mike??
I love this bark, David! The swirl of white chocolate and the different types of nuts! I bet the salted nuts and chocolate are delicious together! And I am partial to Mariah Carey Christmas…you know you have it…confess!
Confession time, Lindsey. I don’t know whether I actually have the Mariah Christmas album, but I may or may not have a Pandora station called “Mariah Carey Christmas.” I never admitted to this, though…and I will vehemently deny it should you ever call me out on it. Just sayin’.
Chocolate SHOULD be in it’s own food group there haha! I actually loved Planters nuts and think I even hoarded a couple of their sweet and salty mixes back with me 😉 The bark looks delicious and I’d sing carols with One Direction for them.
Hahaha…I literally just choked on my coffee when I read this, Arman. The thought of you singing Christmas carols with One Direction in exchange for nuts just made my day. Will you post an Instagram video of this? Thanks!
I love easy holiday treats like this! I also love the sweet and salty combination. This would be perfect for teacher gifts.
You are totally, right, Danelle! I’m pretty sure this bark will be used for my neighbor gifts this year…it’s easy and delicious. Can’t go wrong with that! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
OMG! This bark is so beautiful!! Awesome job!
Thank you so much, Tamara! Nothing says holidays like chocolate and nuts, right? 🙂