It’s Bake Sale season! That most wonderful time of the year when you justify trying out new recipes in the name of a good cause, while said good cause gets to raise money to help them get closer to an awesome goal.
At our son’s school, there’s a giant effort to raise money for a new playground that kids of all abilities can play on together. So when I was thinking about what to make to donate to this year’s bake sale, my mind was already drifting towards childhood fun.
And lo, this s’mores bark recipe was born.
Kids of all ages love their s’mores. Recreating this treat in bark form was the best way I could think of to capture fun in the outdoors while sitting nice and cozy in your home as the winter weather approaches.
Some people think you need a degree in candy making to create bark at home. The dirty truth is: if you have a microwave, you can make bark! Here are a few basic tips to creating your own treat:
You need a good base of something to hold the goodies together.
Depending on what you’re topping your bark with, having a top layer of something to hold it all together is also a good thing.
Have your toppings all prepped and ready to go before you start melting your base layer. You don’t need the stress of worrying about whether or not your base will set up while you’re chopping or unwrapping the goodies you want your base to hold in place.
Sounds easy, right? Let’s look at this recipe. I doubled the batch for the bake sale, just to fill some more gift boxes with the bark. The rough edges were snapped up pretty quickly, so apart from a quick phone snap for the Instagram, there was no tasteful styling of pieces on a plate. #foodblogfail
- 1 pound dark chocolate, melted (if dark chocolate isn’t your thing, using milk chocolate is just fine.)
- 2ish cups miniature marshmallows. Keep some extras on reserve, in case your bark looks a little sparse or you need to quality check the ingredient.
- 1/2 sleeve graham crackers, broken into small pieces. Again, have a little more on hand in case you need it. This is also a cleanup shortcut, if having a little extra melted chocolate clinging to the sides of the bowl is bad for your dishwasher. Graham crackers are great at scraping that chocolate away.
- 1/2 pound white chocolate. Don’t melt it just yet; trust me.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour the melted dark chocolate into the middle of the parchment, spreading it to about 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. Don’t worry about creating a uniform shape, just keep the shape within the edges of the parchment.
- Sprinkle the marshmallows and graham cracker pieces over the top of the dark chocolate, pressing gently into the chocolate to help it set in place.
- Once you’ve filled in the dark chocolate, melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. While that’s melting, place a zipped plastic bag in a drinking glass or pint jar, so the edges of the bag fold over the top edge of the container. Pour the melted chocolate into the bag and zip closed. Clip one corner of the bag with a scissors, and squeeze the chocolate over the pan of bark in a random drizzle pattern.
- The pan can set overnight at room temperature, or in a few hours in the refrigerator. Once the pan is set, use a chef’s knife to cut the bark into pieces. (Apparently it’s poor form to treat the whole pan as one piece.)
Optional recipe geekery
If you want to give that open-fire char to your bark, grab your kitchen torch and pass it lightly over the tops of the marshmallows until they brown up. Then move on to the melted white chocolate drizzle.