|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||27%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
|Total Sugars 16g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you like a little heat with your sweet, then this recipe is for you. This spicy chocolate bark combines milk chocolate and candied pecans with a pinch of cayenne, resulting in a treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth while offering a little kick. The creamy milk chocolate is studded with candied pecans, which add a nice crunch and welcome nutty flavor, and accented with cayenne pepper, offering a nice hit of spice.
To make this recipe, you begin by melting the chopped milk chocolate; this can be done in either the microwave or in a double boiler. If you plan on giving this spicy chocolate bark as a gift, you may want to temper the chocolate so it has a nice, shiny appearance; or you can simply use candy coating instead of chopped milk chocolate. Candied pecans are fairly easy to find in many grocery stores, but you can also make your own if you prefer.
If you really like to feel the burn, you can double the cayenne pepper. Or, if you or your family is sensitive to spice, feel free to omit it entirely and add cinnamon or ginger instead.
24 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped, or candy coating
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups candied pecans, coarsely chopped
Crushed pepper flakes, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
Cover a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or waxed paper, and set aside.
To melt the chocolate, place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 1 minute (preferably on the low setting); stir and return to the microwave and cook, in 20- to 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely melted, smooth, and fluid. (You can also melt the chocolate in a double boiler.)
Temper the milk chocolate if you like.
Add the cayenne pepper and the coarsely chopped pecans, and stir until everything is well-mixed and the pecans are well-distributed.
Pour the chocolate mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet, and smooth it into an even layer using a spatula or a knife.
While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the top with a pinch of crushed red pepper, if desired.
Allow the bark to set completely at room temperature, which can take up to 4 hours, or in the refrigerator, which will take about 15 minutes. Once set, break it into small pieces by hand.
How to Store
This spicy chocolate bark will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Just be sure to store it away from any heat source.