Almond Bark

A decadent treat of bittersweet, white chocolate and toasted almonds that takes just minutes to make! You'll be so proud to gift this impressive marbled almond bark to friends...that's if there's any left!

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(Originally published December, 2014)

As a newlywed, I struggled to put delicious food on the table. I'd helped my mom in the kitchen growing up, but I hadn't been responsible for many meals on my own. And when Mr DIY and I married (back in 1992), we moved clear across the country....several thousand miles from my parents. 

There were nights I'd come home from work, take out a pound of raw ground beef, look at it and  sigh....what to do? how to make it edible? Don't even get me started on raw chicken (gagging may have been involved).

Now  baking....that was a whole other story! Sugar and chocolate and vanilla and flour....I could take those on! And finding this recipe as a young married woman seriously changed my life! You know how good you feel when you serve something you're really proud of?


platter of marbled chocolate almond bark

Even if you have a few kitchen fails, that one recipe that always turns out gives you the confidence to try more things in the kitchen!


The biggest culinary compliment I ever received was when I served this almond bark one Christmas...and my brother wanted to know where I'd bought it. He flatly refused to believe I'd made it... it's that good!


The best recipe I've made

This recipe is hands down my family's favorite Christmas treat. You know that one recipe that, if you didn't make it, it just wouldn't feel like Christmas? This is it! We talk about it all year long 😃😋

And it wouldn't be Christmas without mom's almond bark!



I have to give credit to the back of the Baker's Best chocolate box for the recipe all those years ago. I don't know if it's still on there, but I'll share the recipe with you with the minor modifications that I made to the original.


The secret ingredient

I think the secret that makes this treat so good is the bittersweet chocolate. It keeps the almond bark from being too sweet and combined with the toasted almonds, tastes decadent!

Oh almond bark, get in my mouth right now!

I made a video to show you just how easy it is to throw this sweet treat together! Watch this video and then continue to read the rest of the directions if needed. 

Watch me make Marbled Almond Bark  




Marbled Chocolate Almond Bark Ingredients


Tips: 

  • Use the best bittersweet chocolate you can afford, like Bakers Squares or Ghirardelli
  • This recipe easily doubles or triples (and you're going to want to triple it!), which is definitely recommended if you plan to give some as gifts!

Oh, and here's my disclosure: once you've gifted this to someone, expect them to ask for it every Christmas!



holiday recipe - marbled chocolate almond bark with toasted almonds

How to make Marbled Chocolate Almond Bark

Start by toasting the almonds. I do this in a large skillet on my stove top  or in a 375° oven (it takes about 12-15 minutes). I don't use any oil, just the nuts themselves. Use medium heat, mix regularly and watch them carefully. When they start to sizzle and some of the skins pop, they are usually ready. You can usually smell them when they're ready.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolates separately. You can do this in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove top.

Once chocolate is melted, add half of the toasted, whole almonds to each bowl and mix.

Spread a piece of wax paper onto a cookie sheet.

Add spoonfuls of the chocolate/almond mixture to the cookie sheet, alternating dark and white.

Using a butter knife, spread the mixture to flatten and run the knife through the chocolate to create a marbled effect.

Stick the cookie sheet into the fridge for about 30 minutes (or freezer for 10) for chocolate to harden.

Then, break into pieces and store in an airtight container. Or add pieces to  clear treat bags for gift giving.




That's it...3 ingredients to an amazing candy! The bittersweet chocolate gives it a deep, rich flavor that's not too sweet but is definitely addicting!

I hope you enjoy this marbled chocolate almond bark as much as we do! Drop me a comment if you make it!

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  1. Thank you Cindy looks delicious and easy, something I think I can manage. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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  2. This looks like such a yummy treat Cindy! I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing. Featuring you at our party this week. Happy New Year!

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  3. This is yummy.I love the flavors and its simple.You way of presentation is also good.I will try this recipe.Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  4. I'm a big baker and cook. This is amazing and I am trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing! Pinned!

    Merry Christmas!

    Cindy

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    1. You will love it, it's amazing!! Thanks so much for leaving a comment, have a wonderful Christmas!

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  5. That looks amazing and you make it look so simple. I am going to pass the video on to my granddaughter. Question! How do you stay so thin and fit with all those goodies you make?�� Have a blessed and Merry Christmas and enjoy your visit with your son and his girlfriend. I can't imagine walking into your winter/Christmas wonderland for this first time. She will be amazed!

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    1. Gosh, what sweet comments!! Thank you! This recipe is really easy, I'm so glad you shared it with your granddaughter! I hope you enjoy it! Merry Christmas!

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