Easy 2 Ingredient Toasted Hazelnut Bark

Easy 2 Ingredient Toasted Hazelnut Bark ~ don’t let the 2 ingredient part fool you…this easy chocolate bark is a killer homemade candy worthy of those at the tippy-top of this year’s holiday gift list.

You won’t find this toasted hazelnut bark at your local candy shop, which is why it makes the perfect easy diy recipe, and such a great gift ~ you know your friends and family haven’t had it before, and the flavor of the deep toasted nuts with the creamy sweet white chocolate is addictive!

TIP:  White chocolate isn’t really chocolate at all, it’s a chocolate ‘derivative’, meaning it’s made with cocoa butter, but no cocoa solids.  That being said, it behaves like chocolate in candy making, and has a wonderful creamy flavor.  For convenience I used a bag of Nestle white morsels, but you can certainly make this more ‘gourmet’ with a fine white chocolate.

Just like with my TOASTED ALMOND BARK, the key to the flavor of this hazelnut bark is roasting the nuts to a deep golden.  Roasting nuts makes all the difference.  It takes just 15 minutes in the oven on a dry baking sheet and it’s SO worth it.  That 15 minutes makes the nuts super crunchy and intensifies their flavor.

TIP: After roasting I remove the hazelnut skins, which can be bitter, by gathering them in a clean dish towel and rubbing them together ~ the skins fall right off.  I don’t rub the nuts completely clean, I leave a little bit of skin on for color and flavor.

If you have trouble finding whole hazelnuts, you can always get them on Amazon.

Make a batch for yourself, and another to give away.  Package it up in little paper or cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon, there’s no better gift than one from your own kitchen.

TIP: The candy will keep in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for at least a month.

Tips and Tricks for Melting Chocolate ~

Melting chocolate is easy once you get the hang of it.  White chocolate is the most difficult to handle so I suggest starting with regular milk or semi sweet if you’re a chocolate melting newbie.

  • Start with chocolate that has been cut into small pieces.  You can use chocolate chips if you like.  The smaller the pieces the quicker the chocolate will melt with less chance of scorching or seizing.
  • You can melt chocolate in a double boiler or a bowl that fits snugly over a pan of simmering water on the stove.  Use a small amount of water and be sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the vessel that is holding your chocolate.  Be sure no steam condenses into your chocolate, because any amount of liquid can cause the chocolate to ‘seize’ up into a solid mass.
  • You can use the microwave if you are careful.  I microwave a bag of chocolate chips for one minute, then stir, and then microwave for additional 15 second spurts, stirring in between.
  • Whatever method you use, heat the chocolate just enough so that most of the lumps are melted, but not all.  As you stir it the ambient heat of the chocolate and the bowl will finish the melting process.
  • Be very careful about adding flavorings to your chocolate.  Any amount of water based liquid will tend to seize the chocolate.  I recommend only using oil based candy flavorings made just for this purpose.  You can find them HERE, on Amazon.
  • The same goes for coloring your melted chocolate (in the case of white) ~ use only coloring specifically made for candy making, it will be powdered or oil based.
  • You can remelt chocolate that has started to harden, just follow the same guidelines above.  You can do this multiple times.
  • If all else fails, invest in an inexpensive electric melting pot ~ it makes melting chocolate a breeze,  and it’s also handy for dipping.

 

Easy 2 Ingredient Toasted Hazelnut Bark

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Category: dessert, snack

Yield: 12 servings

Calories per serving: 179

Easy 2 Ingredient Toasted Hazelnut Bark

Ingredients

  • 1 12-ounce bag white morsels (I used Nestle)
  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional, it can facilitate melting))

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat, or parchment paper, and set aside.
  3. Spread the nuts on a separate dry baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, giving the pan a shake a couple of times during cooking to redistribute the nuts. Let them cool on the pan.
  4. Put the white chocolate (and the coconut oil, if using) in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for a minute. Let sit for a minute, then stir. if it is not completely melted (it probably won't be) microwave in further 15 second bursts, stirring well in between, until most of the lumps are gone. Keep stirring until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in the hazelnuts, and then turn out onto the lined baking sheet. Spread the chocolate out into a thin rectangle. The exact size if variable, mine was about 12x7. The important thing is that there are no bare spots. Note: if you have trouble melting chocolate, see the tips in the post, above.)
  5. Put the tray into the refrigerator to harden for about 30 minutes, then cut into pieces. The bark will shatter a bit when you cut it, that's to be expected.
  6. You can store the bark at room temperature or in the refrigerator, and it will theoretically last for a month. But in practice, it will probably be gone by the end of the day ;)
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Make it your own ~

  • If you aren’t a white chocolate fan, make this toasted hazelnut bark with milk or dark chocolate, it all works.   Basically you can use any chocolate you see in your baking aisle assortment…if it can be melted down, you can make bark with it.
  • You can chop the hazelnuts, if you prefer, for a smoother texture.

 

Don’t forget to pin this easy 2 ingredient toasted hazelnut bark to your dessert board!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    October 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Yes please, this bark looks addictively delicious!

  • Reply
    2 Sisters Recipes
    October 2, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Genius Sue! You are the official Queen of creating the best bark candies!! Xo
    Ps I added a link to your zucchini bread in my last post. Have a safe week… Anna

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Oooh, I love the Bark Queen title, I’ll take it! And thanks for the link :)

  • Reply
    alexandra
    September 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Thank you Sue for this recipe; it is really as you say, a nice gift. Here in my little southern country I use instead our good olive oil which also gives a bit of a shine. Holiday spirits!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Wait, how do you do that Alexandra?? You mix a little olive oil with the chocolate? I need to give that a try.

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 29, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Two ingredients!? This is great for gift giving during the holidays!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Stock up on your white chocolate and hazelnuts, Karen, and you’ll be set for the holidays ;)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    September 29, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Love easy recipes like this…these are great for the coming holiday season!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 7:53 am

      The nuts and the white chocolate make magic together Angie :)

  • Reply
    cheri
    September 29, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Such a simple and impressive recipe Sue, sure to be a winner around my house. Perfect for the holidays!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Cheri, I love to share super simple recipes like this ~ it’s amazing what just 2 ingredients can do!

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    September 29, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Oh my, what a fun, easy and delicious treat! I totally agree, toasting nuts makes the difference between good and spectacular! Sharing!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

      I eat toasted nuts like candy…

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    September 29, 2017 at 4:41 am

    I love making this kind of treat for holiday gifts! Hazelnuts are often overlooked which is a shame. Who could resist this simple and delicious sweet treat?

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 10:21 am

      hazelnuts are a little pricey, but that’s what makes this special enough for gifting, I think.

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