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Making Chocolate Bark – The Perfect Snow Day Activity
Thanks to the inspiration from a junior chef class at Williams-Sonoma we spent our snow day making Chocolate Bark! It was 33.5% easy and 66.5% delicious. Naturally we used Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips. For toppings you can add in anything. For this first batch we used Mint Oreos.
I present to you my lovely assistant who shall demonstrate.
Put topping in bag if it needs to be broken up. Make sure all air is out of bag as you seal it. Have your lovely assistant use a kid hammer to break it up into pieces while you microwave the chocolate and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Alternately, if it is your second snow day and your kid is whining this would be a good way to get out your aggression with your meat tenderizer…
Chocolate Bark Begins
This was about 1/4 bag of chocolate chips. I microwaved it for 2 minutes on 50% power, stirred it and heated another minute on 50% power.
Melt & Stir
Stir it and the heat will melt the remaining chunks.
Dump in 3/4 of the bag of topping, leaving the last 1/4 to sprinkle on top so it looks professional.
As Bob Marley said, Stir it Up.
Dump Your Future Chocolate Bark Onto Parchment Paper
Empty your delicious melted mix onto your parchment paper.
Spread Out The Chocolate
Spread it out with your spatula like you are painting a beautiful chocolate portrait.
Find a cute baby in pajamas who also wants to help.
Spread into a rectangle or whatever shape makes you happy and refrigerate for 1.5 hours.
Lick Off The Spatula
Let lovely assistants lick off the spatula.
Tada! Chocolate Bark!
Presenting your delicious, solid Chocolate Bark!
Break Chocolate Bark Into Pieces
Let lovely assistant break into pieces.
A very productive and delicious result!
Eat lots more pieces once said assistant goes to bed… Enjoy!
Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area.
Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations.
After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 9, and 6). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member ((including a former & current PTA president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City.
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