Post contains affiliate links, for more info see my disclosures page.
Soooo… I try to be healthy. I really, really do. But then there’s chocolate…
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, despite my dedication. Sometimes, I’m able to shimmy around the guilt of my desire and create especially unhealthy recipes (usually chocolate based) by making them as gifts! (And pretending I don’t keep a portion or two for myself.) *wink*
This recipe is one that I love. It really is an incredibly versatile recipe. Isn’t that the beauty of chocolate bark?
The basic recipe and directions of chocolate bark is as follows: use whatever chocolate you want; add whatever toppings you want!
I think I love this particular combination so much because it has everything, it’s salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy, chewy! (I may also have a mild obsession with pretzels) So yeah, this is my new favourite treat!
Of course there is that one problem. This is not a healthy snack. *sigh*
To counter this, I usually make a big batch to satisfy my desire to make something decadent, package it up all fancy to satisfy my desire to be crafty and creative, keep a small portion for myself to satisfy my treat craving, then give the rest away as a gift! Huzzah, guilt free solution!
This is a very satisfying project, as you can tell.
As with every recipe I post, the key step to take away from this is to do it your way! Want to use honey roast peanuts instead of peanut brittle? Fine! Don’t like pretzels? Add a sprinkle of sea salt! Fancy a bit more chew? Throw some dried fruit in there! Hell, you could even add jelly beans and Ritz crackers, I’ve seen weirder combinations!
If you plan on making this as a gift, why not figure out how best to tailor the final product to suit the tastes of the person you’re giving it to?
Delicious and thoughtful.
And see that pink silicone mat in the pictures? By far the best kitchen purchase I’ve ever made! You don’t need to buy rolls of grease proof paper anymore, and you can use it for everything! I seriously cannot recommend these things enough, you have to check them out here!
Perhaps most importantly, despite my personal health and diet goals, I want to remind you that there is absolutely no shame in making up a big batch of this and keeping it all to yourself.
If you want to eat it over a couple of weeks, it will keep in an airtight tub. If you want to eat it all in one sitting that’s up to you, as long as you are healthy and happy, you do your thing.
I offer nutritional advice with my recipes purely as a guideline, to help those who, like me, want to keep an eye on things.
What matters most to me is that people leave my blog feeling good about themselves in some way, and I know finding a great snack recipe certainly makes me feel good!
Sick of seeing all these beautiful, mouth watering pictures already? Okay, I’ll stop teasing, here you go!
Recipe: Oreo Pretzel Peanut Brittle Bark
A few quick notes:
– Use whatever chocolate ratio you prefer; this is just my taste!
– I made this easy microwave peanut brittle using this recipe from Barefoot in the Kitchen. An excellent food blog!
- 100g Hard salted pretzels
- 100g Peanut brittle
- 100g Oreos, centres removed
- 200g Milk chocolate
- 100g Dark chocolate
- 100g White chocolate
(Optional: jelly beans, dried fruit, Ritz, the list goes on!)
- Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or grease-proof paper, set aside
- Break up pretzels, Oreos and peanut brittle into small but unevenly sized pieces, set aside
- Melt ¾ bar (roughly 75g) milk chocolate with ¼ bar (25g) dark chocolate in microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. (You can use a double boiler method if you prefer, I am lazy and love the microwave convenience!)
- Mix until completely blended. Pour over silicone mat and spread out as much as possible. Put in freezer to set for ten minutes.
- Melt ½ bar (50g) milk chocolate and ½ bar (50g) white chocolate using same method, mix until completely blended.
- Remove first layer from freezer and pour milk/white chocolate mix over top using a spatula to spread evenly, don’t worry about straight edges or imperfect overlap!
- Sprinkle crushed/broken pretzels, Oreos and peanut brittle randomly over surface, pressing lightly on larger pieces to make sure they are firmly in place
- Melt a little extra dark chocolate (I used ¼ bar or 25g)
- Drizzle dark chocolate randomly over top
- Put it back in the freezer for ten minutes or chill in the fridge for about one hour, then break into ‘bite size’ pieces (the more random, the more fun!)
- Place in bag/box and give as a gift or put it in an air tight tub and keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, if you can make it last that long! (I keep it in the fridge because I prefer the harder texture from keeping it chilled!)
Super easy, right? Want to rush off and try it now? hold on…
Surprise! Second bonus recipe!
So you will find that the measurements given above will leave you with left overs. There is simply no way to sprinkle all of those tasty toppings on without completely overloading the bark, also there will be milk, white and dark chocolate left, this is deliberate!
I may have designated my own milk chocolate for snacking purposes so…. Let’s use the white and dark instead, shall we?
Super easy second bonus recipe!
- Melt left over dark and white chocolate together (about ½ bar or 50g of each) and stir until blended.
- Add in all the left over toppings.
- Stir well and drop in tablespoon sized portions onto a silicone baking mat or lined tray.
- Put in fridge or freezer until set!
Pretzel, peanut brittle, Oreo chocolate clusters! Woohoo!
I really hope you guys like the recipe, I just love salty things with chocolate! I am probably going to try a few more combinations, I’ll share if I find another winner (Psst, spoiler alert! There will also be the most gorgeous peppermint Christmas bark recipe nearer the holidays, I can’t wait!)
Don’t forget, you can totally make this as a gift or just keep it all to yourself, and mix it up the way you like!