christmas time in little grey

Didn’t anybody hear?  Christmas is being celebrated on December 11 this year.

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I celebrated it with housemates and hot chocolate and presents and hugs and snuggle sessions.  They’re the ones who love me, but probably mostly hate me, for having an unlimited supply of food in the kitchen.  We live in a teeny tiny little house called Little Grey.  Stop by anytime, kick off your shoes, and we’ll put on a pot of tea.

Now let me tell you something…  Any time you have to pry food out of your friends’ greedy little hands probably means it’s pretty good.  Like, really, pretty good.

P.S.  That totally refers to chocolate bark.  So I made batches of that stuff for my friends for Christmas.  Katie – 1.  Bad decisions – 0.

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For Anna:  White chocolate base with crunchy, salty pretzels and peanut butter drizzled on top because duh she loves peanut butter.

For Emily:  w\White chocolate base with hazelnuts and topped with chocolate chips because hazelnuts are the pitfall of her existence.

For Sarah:  Dark chocolate base with crushed gingersnap cookies and chocolate chips with a light dark chocolate drizzle.  This combo is spot on. Because, well…  It’s dark and spicy.

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Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bark

(yields 12 pieces)

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz white chocolate

1 cup all-natural peanut butter, melted

3/4 cup pretzels, crushed

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Nutritional information: 230 calories, 16.5g fat (5.5 sat, 5 mono, 3 poly), 15g carbs, 7g protein

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Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Bark

(yields 12 pieces)

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz white chocolate

1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Nutritional information: 175 calories, 12g fat (5.5 sat, 2 mono, 1.5 poly), 16g carbs, 2.5g protein

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Ginger & Spice Chocolate Bark

(yields 12 pieces)

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz dark chocolate

3/4 cup gingersnap cookies, crushed

1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips

Nutritional information: 190 calories, 13.5g fat (7 sat, >1 mono, >1 poly), 18g carbs, 3g protein

PREPARATION FOR ALL:

Place wax paper on a large sheet pan and set aside on counter top.  Bring a pot filled about halfway to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and place a glass bowl on top.  Place which type of chocolate you’re using as a base and place it in the bowl to melt.  Stir chocolate occasionally until the mixture becomes very smooth.  Set aside to cool.

While the chocolate melts, place whatever topping you are using (gingersnap cookies, pretzel bits, hazelnuts) in a food processor or ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin or by hand until broken into tiny pieces.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat and pour onto the prepared wax paper.  Spread evenly with a spatula.

If making the peanut butter version, let chocolate base cool in the refrigerator   While it cools, melt the peanut butter over stove top.  Once melted, remove from heat to cool a bit.  Remove chocolate base from the refrigerator and pour peanut butter over the hardened white chocolate, spreading evenly.

Sprinkle crushed topping bits on top of the melted chocolate (or peanut butter) and press gently so they stick.  Fold in chocolate chips, if using.  Heat whatever chocolate remains in microwave and drizzle over the top.  Place the sheet in the fridge to harden 20 minutes.  Break apart and serve.

*Make sure to refrigerate this batch for a long time in order to let the peanut butter set.  Or you can just stick this in the freezer.

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9 Responses to “christmas time in little grey”
  1. Yummy barks! I should totally try these out for Christmas this weekend!

  2. Wow, I am sooo glad that you commented on my blog (thanks for the super sweet comment by the way!) so that I could find yours!! These barks look so good! It’s so sweet of you to customize them for everyone :) Can you believe I’ve never made chocolate bark?! I definitely need to fix that sometime ;)

    • ohshineon says:

      It’s surprisingly super easy and doesn’t make too much of a mess – though with me, cooking always turns in to a mess! I loved your recipes and will continue to visit your blog regularly. Thanks for checking out Oh Shine On and feel free to come back once, twice… even three times a day!

  3. Jessica says:

    You are the sweetest! So creative and personal =)

  4. suchhh a thoughtful and cute idea to personalize the different barks. They all look incredible especially that pretzel one :)

  5. beth says:

    Wow, Katie!! These treats all look fabulous, and so creative, too! I hope we get to sample some when we see you at Christmas! Safe travels home. XOX ~ Beth

  6. Haha this was awesome. Loved Sarah’s bark description. Merry Christmas guys

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