I wanted to tell you all that if you hate chocolate, now is not the time to be doing any retail therapy.
Actually, you should probably just go on a vacation to, like, the Serengeti for the next week or so.
In case you haven’t noticed, every company out there has hopped (no pun intended) on the Easter bandwagon and is now offering chocolate in every shape and size.
Want chocolate peanut butter eggs? Reece’s has you covered.
Want a giant egg-shaped Twix bar? The Mars Company has your back.
Looking for a giant chocolate Easter bunny filled with Baileys? If you find that, can you send me a message (’cause that would be epic!!).
But, seriously, now is the time to get your chocolate on because it is available EVERYWHERE and in EVERY FORM.
All of this sweetness got me thinking about a DIY version of some of those treats. I mean, Easter candy is always nice, but wouldn’t it be great to give away something that has your own special twist to it?
Aaaand you guys all know how much I love adding a personal touch to everything related to food, so that’s how my DIY Easter bark was created! I mean it’s ridiculously easy…you melt good quality chocolate and spread it in a pan. It doesn’t get easier than that. It’s actually harder to get in your car and drive to the store.
Once your chocolate is melted, all you have to do is rummage through your pantry and add whatever you find that strikes your fancy.
Want the chocolate itself to be crunchy? Add some chopped nuts or even rice crispie cereal to the chocolate before spreading.
You’d like some interesting crunch on the top? Add some chopped up cookies (I like Oreo’s because they keep their crunch).
Want something gooey? Add some store bought chocolate bars with caramel, that have been chopped up, to the top of the bark.
And, of course it wouldn’t be Easter bark without the mandatory Hershey eggs.
And if you want to make it extra colourful, sprinkle on some spring coloured quints from your local bulk store and then finish it off with a drizzle of pastel coloured melted chocolate.
I am seriously telling you that you will be the favorite auntie (or uncle) in town if you bring this to Easter lunch! Got some relationships to mend? Also, nothing says “I love you” or “you are special” or “I don’t think you are that much of a jerk” more than homemade treats!!
- 2 (300g) family size dark chocolate bars (you can use milk chocolate for a less intense flavour), chopped
- 1 small bag (225g) of mini Oreo cookies
- 1 medium bag candy coated chocolate eggs
- 1 small bag bite sized caramel chocolates (like Mars, Twix, Rolos)
- ½ c Easter quints (those tiny candy sprinkles you put on sugar cookies)
- 2 c pastel coloured (pink, purple, yellow, orange) chocolate melts
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.
- In a double boiler, melt chocolate until completed melted (or in a microwave safe bowl, cooking on high and stirring every 30 seconds until melted), and pour onto prepared pan, spreading almost to the edge.
- While the chocolate is still wet, start placing the toppings on; begin with the small cookies, then nestle the chopped caramel chocolate in between, then drop the candy eggs in the spaces that are empty.
- Once you are done, sprinkle the quints all over and set aside to harden.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate melts and scrape into a small zip-lock baggie, snip the bottom corner and use it like a piping bag to drizzle the coloured chocolate all over the top.
- Leave to harden and then either cut into squares or break into pieces and serve.