Christmas Crunch Bark
1 package (24 ounces) vanilla -flavored almond
bark, coarsely chopped (in the baking aisle of the supermarket)
whole or slivered almonds, coarsely chopped
¾ cup sweetened dried
cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 Cup Christmas
10 oz dark/semi sweet chocolate, melted for drizzling
baking sheet with parchment paper, place into the freezer at least 1
Place almond bark into a double boiler bowl, heat and stir until
melted, being sure NO water gets into the chocolate bark.
Heat a small frying
pan and toast nuts at a medium low temperature until golden brown. Keep an eye
on the nuts so they don’t burn. Just takes a few minutes, be sure to stir
Remove from heat and add cranberries to the pan. Stir until
Stir cereal and half of the nut mixture into melted bark.
bark mixture onto cold tray, spreading evenly. Immediately sprinkle with
remaining nut mixture and M&Ms, press lightly onto surface of
Drizzle with melted dark chocolate, let stand 7-10 minutes or until
bark is set. You could also place in the fridge for a bit to set
Bring edges of parchment up over bark and break into various size
Yield: about 1 cookie tray full
•You can use two
packages (12 ounces each) premium white or chocolate-flavored confectionery
coating candy wafers instead of the almond bark.
•When melting almond bark,
make sure your bowl and utensils are completely dry. Even one drop of water will
cause almond bark to harden and clump.
-Instead of a dark chocolate drizzle,
you could also melt white chocolate and color it red or green with food
coloring, festive for Christmas!