It's no secret I've been into over-the-top indulgent treats lately. At this point, I might just be making up excuses to eat like a kid whose parents left her home alone with a fully stocked pantry. But sometimes it's fun to feel like a child again, even if your time travel has to occur through the processed snacks you ate after school before we all knew better.
In any case, I'm celebrating my return to school this fall (night classes for adults, but it didn't stop me from buying new school supplies) with after-school snack themed chocolate bark. It's impossibly easy to make — this isn't so much cooking as jamming the most delicious salty and sweet items from your pantry together into a pan — and a real crowd-pleaser. It's hard to mess up and even harder to stop eating. And why would you want to? SNACKS FOR LIFE.
- 16 oz. good-quality dark chocolate
- twin pack of Nutty Bars, chopped into pieces
- 1 cup mini pretzels, chopped into pieces
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts
Melt the dark chocolate in 30 second intervals in a microwave safe bowl, stirring between sessions. Pour into a 9" x 13" baking pan and top with chopped Nutty Bars, pretzels and peanuts, carefully pressing into the melted chocolate. Allow snack bark to cool fully (a freezer speeds this process up considerably) and chop or break into bite-size pieces.
Text and photos © Theresa Berens, 2015. All rights reserved.