I’m gonna make this one fast, because honestly, I’m a bit overextended. See, Thanksgiving took a lot out of me with all that pie-baking, and Friendsgiving a few days later also required pie. I need something simple here.
Enter my favorite quick recipe, so easy I hesitate to call it a recipe: bark! Two ingredients, everyone. Get excited!
I love making bark and almost never buy it because really, why? You can customize flavors as you choose, and it’s pretty much the work of a couple of minutes, plus the 30 minutes of required chill time.
There are exceptions, of course. Trader Joe’s makes really good bark, so I love buying that. And Godiva’s chocolate almond bark is a good splurge. But other than that, I’ve been known to kind of huff and turn my nose up at store-bought bark, especially if it has no creative flavor action going on.
It’s with that thought in mind that I made this bark. Trader Joe’s makes a great holiday-edition caramel corn, totally addictive. Some of the popcorn is covered in chocolate, and there are a bunch of nuts in there, too. All kinds. It’s really my crack, if you must know. I buy it and tell myself I’ll only have a bit, and then yeah.
So of course, it made total sense to put a bunch of this addictive substance into bark. Why not? Just imagine Moose Munch in a bark, and that’s what we’re dealing with here. The Trader Joe’s version is pretty much the same thing, and it’s delicious.
This bark can be wrapped up and gifted to people, so think about it as a fantastic holiday season option! And if you can’t get to Trader Joe’s, any caramel corn and nut mixture will do. There’s never a need to buy bark when you can make it so quickly! Try it and enjoy.
Caramel Popcorn Nutty Bark
1 package dark chocolate chips
1 and 1/2 cups Trader Joe's caramel corn holiday mix (or equivalent)
- Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
- Evenly spread the melted chocolate onto the prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle the popcorn onto the melted chocolate, pressing it in slightly.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.