To celebrate I decided to combine two of my very favorite things, bacon and chocolate. If you’re thinking it sounds a little odd, trust me – it’s delightful. This chocolate bark honors the tradition of snacks that are both salty and sweet: kettle corn, reese’s cups, chocolate chip cookies…. you know, better… because it has bacon in it.
Cooking the bacon is just about as involved as this recipe gets. So simple. Took me about 30 minutes to prepare (and then 90 excruciating minutes to wait patiently for it to set up in the fridge).
10 oz semi sweet chocolate chips ( read more about my chocolate of choice)
8 slices bacon
1/3 cup walnuts roughly chopped
Begin by cooking the bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove and place on a paper towel to drain and cool. Once cool, slice and or crumble the bacon into manageable pieces about 1/8″ big. In a double boiler or a glass mixing bowl over a sauce pan with 2 inches of boiling water melt the chocolate chips until just melted.
Pour the chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a spatula, smooth the chocolate into a rectangle that is approximately 3/8″ thick. Top the warm chocolate with the crumbled/sliced bacon and chopped walnuts, evenly dispersing. Using the palms of your hands, gently press the bacon and walnut bits into the surface of the chocolate.
Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge to set. After one hour remove and slice into whatever sized pieces you want. Put the bark back in the fridge for another 30 minutes or so to ensure that it is completely set.
Do your best not to gobble it all up. I highly recommend you push at least half of this bark off on an unsuspecting friend or neighbor. It’s in your own best interest really.