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Monday, 20 March 2017

DIY mothers day chocolate bark

These chocolate slabs are so easy and quick to make but look at how cute they are:

Thick dark chocolate slabs with a pinch of salt, edible gold dust, powdered blueberries, green tea powder topped with sugarcrafted ladybugs and bees. I made these as a gift for mothers day as I try to save money most of the time so I have more to travel with and homemade gifts are so much cheaper.

The green tea I really added for colour; I don't mind the flavour but I'm not crazy about it. The blueberry power is a different story, it tastes great and made the bark look really pretty.

If you'd like to make these, then melt 3 large 150-200g bars of chocolate. I wanted to make hotel chocolat-like thick slabs so I used a lot and recommend you do the same! My mum likes dark chocolate and so do I but if you have a sweeter tooth then absolutely change it up for the type you prefer.


Of course you have to test the chocolate first before melting it...it's the law right?


If you want to add a pinch of salt for a savoury hit do it at this stage. Then thickly spread the mixture onto a cling-filmed baking tray.


Time for decorating! I sprinkled gold dust over the chocolate with my hands and ended up with the most extreme skin highlight so if you use gold glitter then be careful haha. I just looked like a little glazed doughnut afterwards haha so use with caution!


The matcha powder and blueberry powder I gently sprinkled over the chocolate to get a mix of different colours.


Then it was time to introduce some woodland creatures...


...to their new home. Chocolate 'bark' definitely needs some critters and I rehomed these ones I found from ebay. I think they were around £2.99 for 12 and definitely made the DIY gift look a lot nicer.


And that's it! So easy.
Wait until it's almost set to begin cutting. I didn't want to break this up with my hands and end up with the bees and ladybirds teetering on the edges of pieces so I outlined the slabs at this stage, just to make them easier to snap later on;


Once set, break it up and it's done.


I bought gift bags off ebay so I could make it look a little prettier.
Et voila! DIY mothers day bark!


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