Soooo I made my dark chocolate bark and also another dark chocolate drop candy. For our tastes, since we really love the better quality dark chocolates I no longer buy those almond barks that are common in the grocery stores which are mostly milk chocolate. Instead I buy a good quality melting chocolate for the bark, and I combine lots of different dark chocolates for the drops. They come out much richer, and very smooth, and just awesome if you are a chocolate lover. I will gladly share my recipe for the drops if interested just let me know in comments.
Recipe for Kathy's Chocolate Drops
I got this recipe from my fellow telephone operator one year. Here is the original recipe:
Makes about 5 dozen pieces, I usually make half the recipe.
2 pounds white bark
1 (12 ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
1 12 ounce bar German sweet chocolate
4 (12 ounce) cans Planter's peanuts
Combine everything except peanuts and melt in a large bowl. To melt place bowl in 200 degree oven until melted or microwave according to your machine's directions.
Stir chocolate often until melted, then add in the peanuts stir well.
Drop by spoonful on waxed paper, let set. store in air tight containers or freeze.
Kathy's changes: Kathy's Chocolate Drops
For the white bark I use Baker's white chocolate in those ounce bars or cubes.
I use dark chocolate chips or bars from Ghirardelli chocolate and I do add the German sweet chocolate too. I also add 2 ounces of bittersweet dark chocolate.
I usually half the recipe and then just figure out how many ounces of chocolate I need all together.
I melt my chocolate in a very heavy pan on top of the stove on a heat difuser, keep an eye on it and stir til melted. You could also melt in a double boiler.
I like to use almonds, pecans, walnuts any other nut besides peanuts. I also like to add in sometimes fine coconut, a nut meal, dried fruits-really whatever you love just add up the ounces so it totals what you need.
After set I keep a tin of these-wax paper between the layers-in the frig, and the rest goes in the freezer.
Kathy's Almond Bark
I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafters-I found a nice bag of them at a good price at Sam's club this year. Melt them as recipe above. I used 3 cups to make the amount shown. I added in slivered almonds and dried cranberries-a cup total. This is also great with crushed peppermint sticks, or anything you like. Dried blueberries are excellent too.