My Addiction (Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark)
I would like to kiss the person who discovered what a magnificent flavor combination results from mixing chocolate and peanut butter. I mean kiss then smack dab on the lips. Then I would confess. Not for the kissing, but for the addiction. I’m hooked on chocolate and peanut butter.
How in tarnation did people survive before this discovery took place?
Somehow I just really don’t think that a quinoa/apple combination had a fan base that rivals chocolate/peanut butter.
Bark is so easy to make and you can use any flavor combination that suits your fancy. Even people who get scared to death to get anywhere near a kitchen, except to eat, can create an award-winning bark. The only trick is that you can’t completely melt the chocolate with a heat source. You must partially melt and then stir until all the pieces are completely melted. If chocolate gets too hot, it will seize up and become impossible to melt.
So, I made this little Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark because I was fresh out of quinoa and apples. I threw some salted peanuts on the top, too. I was right proud of how it turned out.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark with Salted Peanuts
Adding peanut butter to the white chocolate changed the texture and made the white chocolate/peanut butter portion a softer consistency than the milk chocolate portion. For that reason, freeze the bark until firm and then cut into pieces instead of trying to break off pieces.
22 ounces premium milk chocolate chips, reserve 1/2 cup
22 ounces premium white chocolate chips
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Prepare 9 x 11 baking dish by covering in foil and spraying with non stick spray.
Melt milk chocolate chips, reserving 1/2 cup, in microwave. Cook on high for 90 seconds, stir, and continue for another 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir continuously until melted. Don’t try to completely melt the chocolate in the microwave. If it gets too hot, it will seize up and become fudge-like never to go back to a melted state again. Microwave cook times do vary so keep an eye on your chocolate.
When melted, pour into pan and smooth.
Melt white chocolate and peanut butter in microwave for 90 seconds. Remove and stir. Melt 60 seconds more, remove and stir continuously until completely melted. Pour over milk chocolate and carefully smooth trying not to combine the layers. If they get mixed, it’s no crime.
Melt reserved milk chocolate chips in microwave for 60 seconds. Remove and stir continuously until completely melted. Drizzle over peanut butter mixture.
Sprinkle peanuts on top of chocolate and gently press into soft chocolate. Place into freezer until hard.
Cut into pieces. Store in refrigerator unless you eat the whole batch at once.