Almond bark is a type of sheet candy made with chocolate and almonds or almond flavoring. Traditionally, there are two different types of almond bark--milk chocolate and white chocolate. However, you can use other ingredients to spice up the taste, if desired. This method yields about 1½ lbs. of white chocolate or milk chocolate almond bark. Use whichever you have on hand or the one you most prefer.
Things You'll Need
- Whole almonds
- Cookie sheet
- White or milk chocolate chips
- Microwave-safe dish
- Parchment or wax paper
- Rubber spatula
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread 1 cup of whole almonds in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven, and bake the almonds for five to 10 minutes or until slightly toasted. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Place 1 lb. of white or milk chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. of butter in a large microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high for two to three minutes or until melted.
Stir the toasted almonds into the melted chocolate mixture. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.
Pour the almond bark mixture onto the paper-lined pan, and spread to the desired thickness using a rubber spatula. Make it as thick as you like, but as a general rule, about ¼ inch is ideal.
Place the almond bark in the refrigerator for one to two hours or until set. Break into approximately 2-inch square pieces with your hands. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to one week before discarding.
Tips & Warnings
- For a change of pace, try adding ½ white or milk chocolate chips and ½ butterscotch chips instead of all chocolate. Add a few drops of vanilla or almond extract to the melted chocolate for added flavor, if desired.
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