How to Make Chocolate Bark

Chocolate bark is a popular treat around the holidays and is a perfect snack to bring to a party. Chocolate bark is incredibly easy to make and can be whipped up in less than 1 hour! Using ingredients that might already be in your home, including nuts, chocolate chips, and dried fruit, you can make a delicious treat for friends and family.

3/4 cup (170 grams) of raw nuts or hard candy

of chocolate chips

1/4 cup (57 grams) of dried fruit

EditGetting the Nuts and Chocolate Ready
Toast the nuts at for 5-10 minutes. Measure ¾ cup (170 grams) of raw nuts and place them on a rimmed baking sheet covered in aluminum foil. Toast the nuts for about 8 minutes, or until their edges turn golden. Sometimes the nuts will turn golden in as little as 6 minutes. Other times, they’ll take closer to 10 minutes. Check on the nuts after 5 minutes to monitor their progress.[1]
You can choose from almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, or pistachios. If you want to use more than 1 kind of nut, go right ahead!

Chop the nuts into small pieces. Transfer the nuts from the oven to a cutting board once they’ve cooled. Scoop the nuts into a pile and roughly chop them with a large knife.[2]If you can’t or don’t want to use nuts, substitute a hard candy like Jolly Ranchers, peppermints, or M&Ms for your crunchy ingredient. Put these candies on a plate and stick them in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften them up. Then, transfer the candies to your cutting board and chop them up into tiny pieces.[3]

Melt of chocolate chips in the microwave. Take the chocolate chips and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, put the bowl in the microwave and melt the chocolate in 30-second increments. Take the bowl out after each 30-second increment and stir the chocolate with a spatula.[4] When the chocolate is about 90% melted, it’s done. Keep stirring at that point to completely dissolve the remaining pieces.

You can use chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips if desired. Additionally, choose your favorite kind of chocolate, whether that’s white, milk, dark, or a combination.

EditCombining Your Ingredients to Make Chocolate Bark
Spread the chocolate over a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a spatula to transfer the melted chocolate from the bowl to the baking sheet. Spread the chocolate evenly over the middle of the baking sheet. Make the layer of chocolate about thick.[5]
If you make the thickness about , the chocolate won’t reach the edges of the baking sheet and will be easier to remove from the sheet when it’s hardened.

Sprinkle the chopped nuts and dried fruit over the chocolate. Take the nuts and spread them evenly over the layer of chocolate. Then, take ¼ cup (57 grams) of dried fruit and sprinkle it onto the chocolate. Use your palms to lightly press the nuts and fruit into the chocolate.[6]As an alternative, you can combine the nuts and chocolate before placing the 2 ingredients on the baking sheet. This way, the chocolate will harden around the nuts as opposed to below them.

Let the chocolate cool at room temperature for 2-4 hours so it can harden. Once you’ve added the nuts and fruit, give the bark time to cool and harden. Check on the bark after 2 hours to see how it’s doing. Lightly poke at it with a spatula to feel if it has hardened.[7]
If you feel the nuts and fruit move within the chocolate, it hasn’t completely hardened yet.

Break the chocolate into pieces with your hands. Wash your hands and break up the bark into about 25 pieces. You don’t need to break the bark into similar-shaped pieces. Instead, break the bark into triangles and squares that are about long.[8] Serve the bark immediately so everyone can eat it when it’s fresh and ready.

Store the bark at room temperature to save it for later. If you don’t want to eat all of the bark in one sitting, store the remaining pieces in an air-tight container at room temperature. Chocolate bark will stay fresh for up to 1 week.[9] You can also keep the chocolate bark in the fridge, but only store it in the fridge for 3-4 days at most.

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Today in History for 1st June 2019

Historical Events

1907 – -27°F (-33°C), Sarmiento, Argentina (South American record)
1930 – 35th Women’s French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-2, 6-1)
1939 – 1st night game at Phil’s Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
1953 – KMJ (now KSEE) TV channel 24 in Fresno, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1959 – Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)
1982 – Rickey Henderson is fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a year

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Famous Birthdays

1886 – Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
1898 – Edgar “Cookie” Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
1959 – Alan “Wild”er, English rock vocalist/music (Depeche Mode-Wild!)
1971 – Roldán González, Cuban singer (Orishas)
1973 – Derek Lowe, American baseball player
1975 – James Storm, American professional wrestler

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Famous Deaths

1616 – Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, dies from natural causes
1710 – David Mitchell, Scottish admiral in the British Royal navy (b. 1642)
1962 – Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56
1983 – Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
1987 – Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
1996 – Sanjiva Reddy, Indian politician, sixth President of India (1977-82), dies at 83

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How to Wear Red Shoes

Nearly every woman could benefit from having a pair of red shoes in her fashion arsenal. Red shoes can punch up the blandest of outfits and make a bold, confident statement. Unfortunately, red shoes can quickly look tacky or inappropriate if worn the wrong way. Use red shoes to add a touch of spice as needed, but resist the temptation to throw them into an already spicy ensemble to prevent red overkill.

EditChoosing the Right Shoe
Look for a slinky red stiletto for the ultimate in sexy footwear. If you want a shoe that will leave a lasting impression for a date or big event, a red heel is the way to go. Be careful about what you pair this shoe with, however, since pairing it with too many notably sexy garments can push your look into the realm of trashiness.

Tone things down with a red pump. If you want to wear your red shoes to work or for a casual stroll down the block, a simple red pump is your best bet. Flats are simple enough to subdue wild red into submission.

Find middle ground by choosing a low-heeled pump. Heels can look classy, even if they are red. Closed-toe pumps are your best choice, and you can wear them with both casual and dressy outfits.

Try a different shade of red. If you feel uneasy about wearing a bright red shoe, start out by wearing a deeper shade, like burgundy. A deep shade of red is more subdued and a little less noticeable, which may make you feel more confident about your ability to pull it off.

EditChoosing the Right Outfit
Match red with neutrals. If black, brown, gray, nude, white, and deep navy blue are the only colors found in your outfit, a neutral shoe will only make your outfit seem duller. Adding a bright red shoe can make your style pop. Try wearing a red pump the next time you throw on a black pencil skirt and white button-down blouse.

Color block. Color blocking is the practice of wearing solid blocks of bright, complementary colors against one another. Try wearing your red shoes against an orange or pink dress.

Avoid wearing red with red. If you have a solid red dress, do not wear it with your red shoes. If you do, you run the risk of overkill. If you would prefer to wear your bright red shoes with a red dress, choose a deep red dress to add depth to your ensemble.

Also avoid wearing red shoes with bright green. Red and green are too closely associated with Christmas, and wearing them together will make your outfit look too seasonal. Instead of a bright green, mix your red shoes with deeper shades like olive.

Wear red shoes with a neutral pattern. Red peep-toe shoes make a good accompaniment to a black and white polka dot dress or pinstripe trousers.

Pair red shoes with patterns that have traces of red in them. While solid red outfits are often overkill with red shoes, a print with traces of red in it coordinates with your shoes in a subtle, appropriate manner.

Wear your red pumps with casual clothes. Red shoes look great against denim blue jeans, especially medium and dark washes. A red pump is an easy way to add a pop of color and a twist of sophistication to your everyday style.

Avoid wearing red shoes with trashy or suggestive pieces. Red shoes are already relatively sexy. Wearing them with ripped jeans, tube tops, cut-off shorts, and other revealing garments does not make you look sexier. Instead of looking confident, it may simply look like you are trying too hard to be noticed.

Wear your red shoes with a conservatively sexy ensemble. If you want to take full advantage of the seductive nature of red stilettos, pair them with an outfit that is subtly, rather than overtly, sultry. For instance, a little black dress with cap sleeves and a hemline that comes down to your knee can be very sexy, even though it shows a modest amount of skin. This makes it a potential candidate for your red high heels.

Resist the temptation to adorn yourself in too many red accessories. You can match your red shoes with red lipstick and a red handbag, but stop there. Do not add a red belt, red scarf, red bracelet, and ruby red ring to the mix. A few red accessories looks coordinated, but too many looks overdone.

If you like the way red shoes brighten up your outfit, experiment with other red accessories, as well. Tie a red belt around a white button-down blouse or sling a bright red purse over your shoulder. Introduce these pieces into your wardrobe one at a time, however, and avoid wearing them all at once.

Red shoes look great when matched with neutrals and patterns that contain faint traces of red, but they make a poor choice for solid red outfits. You should also avoid red shoes with outfits that are already fairly sultry.

No two pairs of red shoes are created equal. Before you can determine what to wear your red shoes with, you need to ask yourself what you hope to accomplish by wearing your shoes and where you plan on walking in them. For instance, a red high heel might be appropriate for a date, but a flat is better suited for the office.

EditThings You’ll Need
Red shoes

Neutral colored clothing

Patterned clothing

Minimal red accessories


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