ou know the age-old dilemma about what came first – the chicken or the egg? Well – let me tell you – first there was the liquid chocolate! :)
Maybe you didn’t know this, but in the 16th century, when the chocolate was first brought to Europe, it was only consumed as a beverage! Sweetened with honey, delicious and adored, especially by women, but still – only a beverage!
Who Invented The Chocolate Bar?
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, 70% cocoa, 80% cocoa, white chocolate, chocolate with hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, freeze-dried fruits, filled with caramel, salted caramel, mint, praline paste, fruit fillings, orange flavored, chili, macadamia nuts, pecans, and so on and so on… Those are only the most common chocolate bars we can find in any larger supermarket, not to mention gourmet food shops, and we all take them for granted!
Imagine the world without large variety of chocolate bars in every supermarket! Now imagine there are no chocolate bars at all! Oh, my – I’m so happy I live in this century!
The first chocolate bar was made in 1847 in Britain by Joseph Fry, who pressed a paste made of cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa butter into a bar shape. God bless him! It was one of the most important moments in human history, no doubt – thank you so much Mr. Fry!
What is Chocolate Bark?
But even that outstanding invention wasn’t good enough for some anonymous visionary who decided to improve the brilliant invention of chocolate bar and scatter whatever was at his hand – nuts, dried or candied fruits onto it. The creation resembled a bark of wood, and that’s how this delicacy got its name! The rest is history – countless combinations of flavors and textures, cocoa content and sweetness!
How to Make a Chocolate Bar?
Well, to make chocolate bar successfully you will need to learn . If you just melt your chocolate and pour it into the pan, when it sets it will melt as soon as you touch it, and it won’t have that beautiful snap when you take a bite. It will be rather soft and even a bit elastic. So, if you have never tempered chocolate, get a thermometer and start tempering!
Besides learning tempering, you will need a simple heart shaped cake pan, but if you don’t have one, you can use any shape you like. You can even pour your tempered chocolate onto a paper lined sheet pan and spread it with spatula. When the chocolate sets, break it in pieces and store in dry and cold place.
How to make Chocolate Bark?
Again, like for the chocolate bar, you will need to temper the chocolate. Once your chocolate is tempered, pour it into the mold, or onto a paper lined sheet pan. At that point top your chocolate with roasted or caramelized nuts, dried or freeze-dried fruits, crystallized edible flowers, cocoa nibs, candy, etc. The chocolate will set, and then you can cut it into pieces and store it.
How to Store Chocolate Bark?
Once your chocolate bark is completely set, you should cut it into pieces and store in airtight container, which you should put in cold, dark and dry place. The temperature shouldn’t exceed 22°C (about 70°F). If you live in a very hot area, you can put it in the fridge, but make sure it is well sealed so it doesn’t soak the moisture from the air. You can keep it like that for several weeks. Yeah, like it will last that long… ;)
What is Inside my Heart Shaped White Chocolate Bark?
Well, I’ve decided to make , which is delicious and tangy, and then, cover one side of it with tempered dark chocolate. When the chocolate sets, I’ll take it out of the mold and cover the other side with tempered white chocolate.
Then I will top the white chocolate with freeze-dried raspberries, chopped pistachios and pink chocolate pearls. Imagine the combination of tangy raspberry jelly, slightly bitter dark chocolate, and sweet and creamy white chocolate, yum! Actually, don’t imagine, but roll up your sleeves and start tempering! It will be worth your while, I promise! :)
Well, what do you think about this post?
I read and really appreciate all the comments, even though I do not always have the time to respond to each one. So – keep me in the loop and try to create some sweetness every day because – Sweetness is happiness!!