Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bittersweet Gorp Bark


Generally, you usually see bark recipes during the holidays, but this is a less-sweet version that can be enjoyed at any time of year. It's super simple and only takes about 10 minutes to put together. Plus, it's all about gorp and we all know how much of a "crunchy" person I can be.


If you like salted chocolate, you'll love this because it combines all those flavors and is easy to change up. Don't like almonds? Try cashews or hazelnuts! Or even sunflower seeds!

If you've been around for even a few weeks, you know how much I love my dark chocolate. I don't like anything sickeningly sweet and I'd much rather taste the tang of fruit or saltiness of the almonds.

The amounts I used here will give you bark with a thin shard of chocolate, so if you prefer a thicker slab, just double the amount of chocolate and spread it a little thicker.


Without further ado...



Bittersweet Gorp Bark
Serves 4
10 minutes assembly time and 20 minutes to freeze

1 cup dark chocolate chips or 5 ounces bar chocolate, roughly chopped
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup trail mix (I used a combination of dried cranberries, banana chips, dried berries, and almonds)

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Heat about an inch of water until simmering.

Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl and set over simmering water, stirring until fully melted and smooth.

Pour onto parchment paper and spread to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness.

Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and the trail mix.

Using your hands, press down to secure the mix is set into the chocolate.

Place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Roll up the parchment paper to crack the bark and store the pieces in a sealed bag in the refrigerator or freezer.


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    1. I take orders online and by phone :)

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  2. Pretty sure once I make this I'll be doubling the chocolate, it looks awesome!

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    1. Doubling the chocolate is always a good idea :)

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  3. ohhh, I would love to be snacking on this right now! I love salted chocolate, this looks so good!

    Popped over from Buns In My Oven / What's Cooking Wednesday party! Glad I did :)

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    1. You're sweet Aggie! And thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Love sweets like these! Dark chocolate and nuts are always welcome!

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  5. Loretta! I love this so much. We call it Goro too! And saltd chocolate is only the BEST kind of chocolate out there. I am a fool for it. Love nuts with my chocolate too - I have to try this!

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    1. Thank you Sally! I'm glad you like it. I know it's kind of hard to impress you with all you do over on your blog :)

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  6. This looks so yummy, Loretta! It looks like bark to me....so what is GORP??!?!?

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    1. Technically, it stands for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts, but nowadays, it pretty much means trail mix! Now you learned something new!

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    2. Yay! turns out I love me some GORP! ....now that you say it, I think i remember my grandmother using that term. Not trying to call you old or anything. hahaha

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  7. I love the fruit in this!! Banana chips!!! Wonderful contrast to the dark chocolate and salt!! Great combo! Thanks for linking to One Creative Weekend!

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    1. Thanks Tanya! The banana chips and the other dried fruit give just the right amount of sweetness to this bark. I wasn't going for something overly sweet and I adored the result!

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  8. I'm always looking for new snack ideas, and this sounds so perfect!! Thanks so much for linking up to Taste and Tell Thursdays!

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    1. You're welcome, Deborah. Thanks for hosting!

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  9. GORP! GORP! GOOOOOOOOOOORP.

    Yes, I'm twelve years old.

    The bark looks great! I'm down for less sweet things these days. I hope my sweets aversion lasts forever. :D

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    1. Ha ha! You're making me laugh... :) I feel ya on the sweets aversion (sometimes)!

      Thanks Erin!

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