Toasted Almond Bark

Chocolate barks are so easy to make, and every year I’m freshly amazed that so little effort produces such a delicious result.  You can’t really go wrong with this simple project, as long as you use good quality ingredients.  Barks are quicker to make, keep longer, and ship better than cookies.  I think they are a holiday no-brainer.   This one involves dark roasted almonds encased in creamy white chocolate and then dusted with sea salt. What sets this bark apart is the extra deep roasted almonds.  They will be quite brown and when you bite into them they are extra crisp and super flavorful.  I first discovered these almonds at a cozy Italian restaurant my husband and I used to go to when we were looking for a little romance… it was so many years ago I can’t even remember the name.  They set out little bowls of these nuts on the table the minute you arrived.  They were just plain almonds, no salt or oil added, but they were roasted to a dark rich brown, and they were addictive.

When you embed these almonds in good quality white chocolate and shower it with a little sea salt,  you won’t know what to do with yourself. Do what I did and give some of it away, it makes a distinctive gift for the holidays.

White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds, skin on
  • 2 10 oz bags of white chocolate chips or 20 oz of any good white chocolate, chopped in pieces
  • sea salt, ground fairly fine

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Put the nuts on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Give the pan a shake from time to time, and watch carefully for the last 5 minutes. You want the almonds to get dark roasted, but not burnt. Set the pan aside and let the nuts cool on the pan.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat, parchment paper, or non stick foil.
  4. Put the white chocolate in a glass microwave safe bowl and heat on 50% power for a minute. Keep heating, checking, and stirring until the chocolate is melted. If you are using chips they won't look melted until you stir them.
  5. When the chocolate is melted and smooth, add in the almonds and quickly spread out the mixture on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Dust the warm chocolate with sea salt, being careful to get it evenly distributed across the bark.
  7. Set the pan in the refrigerator to cool until fully set, at least an hour.
  8. Break apart the bark into whatever size pieces you choose.
  9. Try not to eat it all before you can give some of it away.

Notes

If you have trouble melting chocolate in the microwave, you can always do it in a double boiler. Set a bowl or pan over another pan of gently simmering water and slowly melt the chocolate while stirring.

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Your friends are going to love you.

 

 

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31 Responses to White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt

  1. Carolyn says:

    Great recipe and great bark!!

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  4. Shannon says:

    Those candy cane gift tags are gorgeous! Will you share the source?

  5. Paula says:

    2nd round for white chocolate almond barks around here! My brother in low loved them, Mr Paula is afraid of them (he can’t stop once he’s started) and I know how to make them happy. This really is a great, festive gift!

  6. grace says:

    i love barks with bite (insert rimshot here!), and this one is awesome. the tastiness of the sweet and salty combination is never lost on me.

  7. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen says:

    With these, even your enemies would love you! can i have one please please please!

  8. Magnolia Verandah says:

    Ohh how good is this!! This is definite on my Christmas List. I have just been into Haighs in Melbourne and you would certainly give them a run for their money!

  9. Barbara says:

    Sue, those photos are spectacular!! I’ve never been overly fond of white chocolate, but this looks wonderful. What a super hostess gift.

  10. Joanne says:

    I LOVE a good white chocolate bark and the sweet and salty in these sounds great!

  11. Stephanie says:

    They look lovely. Happy I provided a little inspiration :) Almonds and white chocolate are a great combo.

  12. annie says:

    I wish I loved on your block…it looks so good and love the addition of sea salt. It works perfectly for my decor this year…i can just see it in one of my candy jars! Your photos are beautiful!
    xo
    annie

  13. Victoria says:

    one of my parents’ neighbours used to give us candy cane white chocolate and almond bark every year…i loved it…I might have to recreate!! thanks for the inspiration :)

  14. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the recipes and ideas! I have been making cookies for many years but now work so I was looking for a quicker, easier alternative.

  15. Claudia says:

    My friends are indeed going to love me. Love the deeply roasted almonds and then the touch of sea salt. In sweet/salt heaven.

  16. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    sea salt with chocolate is just the ultimate combination of sweet and salty! This bark looks like heaven to this chocolate lover!

  17. Rose says:

    If I send you my address, will you send some to me too?

    I love almonds, and I love white chocolate!

  18. Mary—I was thinking that this might be good made with milk chocolate. I think dark chocolate would compete with the strong flavor of the dark almonds. I may just have to make more to test the theory…;)

  19. Mary says:

    This looks perfect for gifts! I’ve never made a white bark, because I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate. With the dark almonds though, it is really tempting me. It is so pretty!

  20. Rita says:

    This looks so good and very professional. Your friend are lucky to get this lovely trat.
    Rita

  21. Wow this looks fantastic. Even though I am not that fond of white chocolate, I love white chocolate almond bark!

  22. Yummy Mummy says:

    I need this in my life. NOW. What a perfect gift!

  23. I loved this stuff as a kid. So yummy!

  24. Hungry Dog says:

    Sue, this is so lovely.Every year I am part of a cookie baking party/exchange and I might have to give this a try. I have never made bark but it seems simple (and delicious!)

  25. I make bark every year but I have never thought to add sea salt. I will try this!

  26. Oooh! Yummy! These look and sound delectable, how truly scrumptious. Bark isn’t big here in the UK, but I am busy making the Peppermint variety and giving it to friends and everyone seems to love it. (Most importantly my American friend liked it!) My husband will just love this, and as you say it travels and keeps well, so I will be trying your recipe as soon as I have bought some almonds. Thank you for sharing it.

  27. Jacquelyn says:

    As always, this recipe looks amazing. When are you going to put together a cook book?

    I made a similar bark with dark chocolate and almonds but like the option of white chocolate as well. I am going to make this and give a little of both to friends!

    Jackie

  28. I would definitely LOVE you. These are a favorite holiday treat of mine. And they’re so simply beautiful!

  29. What a perfect holiday gift for your friends. I love the white against the brown (like birch trees) and then the pop of red in the card with the festive sparkle of silver. I just love it!

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