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How to make Christmas Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark is the latest festive, no-bake, kid-friendly, easy and fun to make Christmas treat - what more could you ask for really?

There are so many different designs to give your chocolate bark, so this really is a fun way to get create in the kitchen. Chocolate bark makes a really festive after-dinner sweet if you're having people round, is the perfect snack for Christmas movie night, and a few pieces wrapped nicely in cellophane and sealed with a ribbon makes a lovely present.

To get started, melt some chocolate, broken into chunks. We recommend our Skye Sea Salt or Haggis Spice bar for a lovely burst of flavour, but any chocolate will work. As with anything edible though, the higher quality the ingredients you use, the better it will taste. You can melt your chocolate in a heat-proof bowl either over a pan of simmering water on the hob, or in a microwave at 50% power. Whichever method you use, make sure to stir at regular intervals, and don't overheat.

When your chocolate is nicely melted and silky-smooth, the fun begins! Pour your chocolate onto a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper and spread it around until it's roughly even - it doesn't need to be perfect. In fact, some thicker sections can make it even prettier. Now, it's time to get creative!

For a wee snowman design like the photo above, place three of anything white (could be mini marshmallows, white chocolate buttons, or even mints if your teeth are feeling strong enough!) in a line. On the top white sweet - the head - paint on some coal facial features and a carrot nose with a tiny wee bit of food colouring using something small and pointy like a cocktail stick. Then to make twig arms, place two pretzel sticks or anything similar on either side of the middle white sweet. Et voilà! A snowman. Repeat all over your melted chocolate then let the chocolate set either at room temperature or in the fridge, depending on how much patience you have. When it's set, cut or snap the chocolate into your desired sizes and enjoy!

Remember, there are so many festive designs you can make, so don't forget to get imaginative! Make shapes out of different colours of chocolate and top with anything you like! Stand in the sweetie aisle to get inspiration, or just have a nosey in the cupboards and see what's leftover from Halloween guising. Throw some hundreds and thousands over it, or better yet, some popping candy. Sprinkle over some popcorn and some green and white Smarties, or some smashed candy canes, or some nuts. Whatever masterpiece you create, have lots of festive fun!

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