Dark Chocolate Cowboy Bark

cowboybark2My mother in law was so sweet to come help me with the girls while Jonathan was gone last week.  We made a run over to Trader Joe’s for some goodies – wine, flowers, tea and we also discovered TJ’s Dark Chocolate Cowboy Bark.  Have y’all had this stuff?!  It is soooooo yummy.  You get the creamy dark chocolate flavor, with the sweetness of toffee and it’s topped off with sea salt.  After we put the girls down, our routine was to grab the red wine, cowboy bark and turn on March Madness….Go Cats!!  It made for the perfect end to a long day!

Yesterday I decided to make a go of making a homemade version of cowboy bark – I threw in a mixture of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate chips, toffee pieces, pecan and peanut morsels, crushed pretzels and a sprinkling of sea salt.  It was so easy to make – I’m thinking this would be a great treat to make in big batches for Christmas and hand it out to friends and family.  Wish I would have thought of it sooner:)

1 c bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips)

1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (I just used Kroger brand)

1/4 c nut topping (includes pecans and peanuts pieces…in baking aisle of your grocery store next to chopped nuts)

1/4 c toffee pieces (I used Health Bar Toffee Bits)

1 c whole pretzels

4 crushed Oreos (optional – I didn’t add in simply b/c I forgot to grab at the store!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

Place pretzels in plastic bag and simply crush with your hands until pretzels are moderately crushed.  Do the same with the Oreo cookies.crushedpretzels Fill a small sauce pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Sit a medium sized pyrex or other glass bowl over the pot.  Fill glass bowl with chocolate pieces. meltingchocolate Allow boiling water to heat chocolate pieces and slowly melt pieces – stir chocolate as it melts into smooth consistency.  Once chocolate is completely melted remove from heat.  Place parchment paper on baking sheet.  Using spatula spread chocolate out over parchment paper.  photo 4Sprinkle pretzels, oreos, nut topping, toffee and finally sea salt evenly over chocolate.  Gently press toppings down into chocolate.  photo 5Allow chocolate to cool for 2 hours.  Break apart into desired sized pieces…enjoy:)

Dark Chocolate Cowboy Bark
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Serves: 10
 
This dark chocolate bark is a homemade version of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Cowboy Bark!
Ingredients
  • 1 c bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips)
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips (I just used Kroger brand)
  • ¼ c nut topping (includes pecans and peanuts pieces...in baking aisle of your grocery store next to chopped nuts)
  • ¼ c toffee pieces (I used Health Bar)
  • 1 c whole pretzels
  • 4 crushed Oreo cookies (optional - I didn't add simply b/c I forgot to get at store!)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place pretzels in plastic bag and simply crush with your hands until pretzels are moderately crushed. Dr on bo the same with the Oreo cookies.
  2. Fill a small sauce pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Sit a medium sized pyrex or other glass bowl over the pot. Fill glass bowl with chocolate pieces.
  3. Allow boiling water to heat chocolate pieces and slowly melt pieces – stir chocolate as it melts into smooth consistency.
  4. Once chocolate is completely melted remove from heat.
  5. Place parchment papeaking sheet.
  6. Using spatula spread chocolate out over parchment paper.
  7. Sprinkle pretzels, Oreo cookies, nut topping, toffee and finally sea salt evenly over chocolate. Gently press toppings down into chocolate.
  8. Allow chocolate to cool for 2 hours. Break apart into desired sized pieces…enjoy:)

 

Comments

  1. Mike Davis says

    I tried Erin’s recipe as well as Trader Joe’s … Erin’s was hands-down better. Hers is a wonderful sweet/salty combination. Nothing wrong with Trader Joe’s Cowboy Bark, but Erin ran away with this one. Yum!

  2. Isi says

    We just tried is and it turned out really well. Melted the chocolate in the microwave, spread it on wax paper and for cooling popped it for 10 minutes into the freezer.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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