Chocolate Bark Ice Cream Garnish

5 trays
11 min

This recipe for chocolate bark comes out of necessity for wanting chocolate when there was none to be found in our house! Our version does tend to soften when handled too much. So I think the best way to eat it is to embellish a dish of ice cream with it! But keep in mind that you can eat it like chocolate – if you don’t mind licking your fingers after :).

You can make a traditional flavour like almond chocolate bark, but we like to get creative and use an infinite combination of fixins’ to flavour ours. We’ll give you some of our favourite combos in the printable recipe.

We don’t tend to eat sugar these days. So if you use organic ingredients, a sugar substitute such as Swerve and unsweetened nut butter, you could consider this a healthy chocolate bark! The fixins’ you add can contribute natural sugars that will sweeten it up.

Cacao is considered a superfood too so I don’t even think of this chocolate bark an indulgence!

Regular readers of Birdz of a Feather will know we love to upcycle. Hubs saves these segmented plastic serving trays from frozen dinners. Given the amount of chocolate you use, when the chocolate is poured into the tray it will create chocolate bark thins. Once frozen, it easily pops right out so you can break it apart.

We divide the fixings’ into each tray first. We also pour off 1/2 cup of chocolate so we can stir in the flavouring (ie. cinnamon or cayenne or mint etc.). Use 1/4 cup for each side.

If you do this recipe with kids, give them some trays and can let them create their own fixin’ combinations.

If you don’t want to disturb the distribution of ingredients when you pour, pour the chocolate slowly into a spoon and let if flow over to fill the tray.

Refrigerate each tray for 10 minutes immediately after pouring to start to set the chocolate.

We sometimes also pour the chocolate into silicone molds for a fun change. These molds are reminiscent of the happy/sad faces in front of the topiary in our garden.

Serve with the most interesting side facing up.

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Chocolate Bark Ice Cream Garnish
Recipe details
  • 5  trays
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 1 Minutes Total time: 11 min
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  • 1/2  cup coconut butter
  • 1/2  cup almond butter (or peanut butter) sugar & salt free
  • 1 3/4  cups coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cocao powder unsweetened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup swerve (or sweeten to your own taste)
  • 2 tsp orange zest (optional)
Suggested Fixins Combo #1
  • 1/4 cup rice krispies
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Suggested Fixins Combo #2
  • Walnuts
  • Cranberries
  • Coconut
  • 1/8 tsp Chilli powder
Suggested Fixins Combo #3
  • 1/8 cup cashews or almonds
  • 1/8 cup currents
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
Suggested Fixins Combo #4
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Rice Krispies
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Suggested Fixins Combo #5
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
Suggested Fixins Combo #6
  • 1/8 cup cranberries
  • 1/8 pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne

Measure out coconut butter, almond butter and coconut oil. Heat in microwave in a 4-cup measuring cup or stovetop in a medium saucepan until melted.
Add in the rest of the ingredients (but not the fixins'). Stir to combine.
Fixins: Use a 1/4 cup measure to combine your chosen fixins'. Pour into tray. Note that 1/4 cup divided in two (1/8 cup) is generally enough for each side of the split plastic trays we used.
Re-stir liquid (it settles). Then pour off 1/2 cup of liquid into small glass measuring cup. Add in desired spice element and stir.
Pour chocolate mixture over fixins’ in tray. If using split trays like us, use 1/4 cup for each half tray.
Put into refrigerator for 10 minutes. Be sure liquid is set.
Cover, then put into freezer to harden and store.
Bring out of freezer when ready to eat and serve immediately.
  • Serve as a garnish to ice cream or eat as is.  Mixture will soften your hands - not like M&Ms!
  • Note: If you are using stackable trays, you can stack together in freezer and just cover the top exposed tray. Alternately, you can break up the bark and store in an airtight container.
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