Looking For a Quick & Simple Homemade Gift? Make Chocolate Bark!

I'm in graduate school, which means that instead of spending December baking and listening to the Peanuts Christmas album the way I'd like to, I'm spending most of my free time in a lonely, silent room studying for finals. Yes, it's grim — but it doesn't mean I'll be skipping homemade-gift-making entirely. This year I've decided to make a few batches of chocolate bark to give away to friends and family. The process is quick, incredibly simple, yet never fails to impress.

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Hawaiian Bark with Kona Coffee, Macadamia Nuts & Coconut Flakes at Margaritas In the Rain

If you can melt chocolate, you can make chocolate bark. And if you can't melt chocolate, here's some guidance:

(You can also melt chocolate in the microwave by chopping it up, placing it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving it in 15-second increments, until it is completely melted.)

From there, you pour the melted chocolate into a parchment-lined pan, sprinkle on the toppings of your choice, let it cool and you're done. So easy. If you have a little more time, you can make multiple layers with different types of chocolate, for an even more impressive treat. I'm going to keep it simple — and fairly healthy! — with a combination of dark chocolate, roasted almonds, dried cherries and a little sea salt, but here are seven more ideas to appeal to every palate.

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Rosemary Pistachio Bark at Erika Rax

7 Chocolate Bark Recipes That Make Great Gifts

Do you have a favorite chocolate bark recipe?

(Image credits: Emma Christensen; Love & Olive Oil; Orangette; Kimberley Hasselbrink/Bon Appetit; Erika Rax; Margaritas In the Rain; Brown Eyed Baker)

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