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Best 5-Minute White Chocolate Almond Bark Ever!

When I am not traveling or writing, I love to cook and create my own recipes.

When broken into pieces, chocolate bark resembles the rough surface of tree bark.

When broken into pieces, chocolate bark resembles the rough surface of tree bark.

This recipe for white chocolate almond bark tastes fabulous and only takes five minutes to make! I ask you, what is better than a quick and easy recipe that doesn't trash your kitchen?

This recipe is so easy that I have actually made it in hotel rooms when we have been on road trips. I have also made it before a long-haul flight so we could have a quick, delicious treat during our journey.

The recipe only has three ingredients, and all you need to make it is a spoon, a bowl, a sheet pan (or plate), wax paper or parchment, a microwave, and a refrigerator.

Origin of Chocolate Bark

Mendiants (French for "mendicant"), referred to as chocolate bark in English, are bars of chocolate studded with nuts and dried fruits. There are many variations of chocolate, fruits, and nuts used to create this delicious candy. Originally made as Christmas candy, the colors of the nuts and fruits referenced the color of the monastic robes of the orders of the Augustinians (hazelnuts), Carmelites (almonds), Dominicans (raisins) and Franciscans (dried fig).

When this sweet treat has been cooled and broken into pieces, the pieces resemble the rough surface of tree bark.

Many Variations

I like to keep things simple, but this is a recipe where you can be as creative as you want to be. And depending on your taste buds and imagination, the variations are limitless. The recipe below uses almonds and white chocolate but some popular variations are:

Chocolate:

  • Dark 60% cacoa
  • Combination of white chocolate with dark chocolate swirls or vice versa

Add-Ins:

  • Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, or any other nut you fancy
  • Peppermint candy pieces, M&Ms, or similar small candies such as Heath Bar chips
  • Dried fruits such as cranberries or raisins
  • Coarse sea salt to garnish (I use this when I make a dark chocolate version)
  • Any combination of ingredients similar to the ones mentioned above

White Chocolate Almond Bark Recipe

Many variations are possible (see above), but here is my five-minute recipe for white chocolate almond bark.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Ghiradelli white chocolate chips (I prefer this brand because I feel the product has a richer taste and is creamier, but any brand will work.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon refined coconut oil (Coconut oil not only makes your finished product glisten but also helps the chocolate harden. Refined coconut oil is lighter in color and does not have the aroma or taste of coconut.)
  • Healthy handful of whole almonds
White chocolate almond bark only has three ingredients.

White chocolate almond bark only has three ingredients.

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate chips and the coconut oil. Microwave on high for 1 minute. The chips will appear soft and unmelted. Stir until the chips are creamy and add the whole almonds. Stir until mixed.
  2. Once set, remove from the refrigerator and loosen the slab from the paper. Break into pieces using your hands. I prefer smaller pieces but this is a personal choice. I always break the pieces so there are rough, pointed edges and different shapes.
  3. Store in the refrigerator or a cool place for up to one week. (This candy is so good, that I can almost guarantee it won't last a week!)

Final Impressions

I love recipes that are quick and easy and this one fits the bill. But moreover, I love to have the latitude to experiment and use my imagination in the kitchen. The bark recipe above allows just that.

Personally, I have found that when using dark chocolate, it is more "melty" in your hands making it more difficult for an on-the-go treat or in the car on a road trip or in flight.

Using white or dark chocolate laced with peppermint candy makes a colorful candy for Christmas and is a wonderful gift.

However you choose to make or use this bark recipe, I know you will absolutely turn to this as a go-to recipe in the future. Enjoy!

Please leave your comments or substitution ideas in the comments section of this article.

Until next time, friends, remember "to travel is to live!"

© 2022 Dee Nicolou Serkin