At the holidays I tend to gift a lot of homemade chocolate confections. Two weeks ago I spent the weekend in my kitchen and made 42 lbs. of chocolate barks and other dipped goodies. 42 lbs. People love it, a little goes a long way and it never goes to waste. I had a little bit of white chocolate left over and made this white chocolate blueberry almond bark this morning. I started making blueberry confections a few years ago for a wedding and it’s one of the items I’m always getting so many complements on, and requests for. It’s not a combination you’d normally think of with chocolate, but trust me it works.
Yield: 1 lb.
You will need:
1 lb. white chocolate (I use the vanilla chocolate wafers)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup milk or dark chocolate for a swirl (optional/if desired)
1. Line a 9X13 baking pan with the wax paper (if you don’t have wax paper, the dull side of aluminum foil will also work).
2. Rinse the blueberries and place to the side. Measure out the almonds and place to the side.
3. Over a double boiler, or in a microwave safe bowl melt the white chocolate until smooth & creamy. White chocolate melts very differently from milk or dark chocolate. If any spot gets too hot too quickly it will burn fast so I recommend stirring constantly if using a double boiler, or stirring every 15-20 seconds if melting in the microwave.
4. Once white chocolate is melted, add 2 Tbsp. of the slivered almonds to the chocolate and mix.
5. Pour chocolate/almond mixture into the lined pan and spread to desired thickness. With 1 lb. of chocolate I tend to spread it out to about a half inch from the sides of the pan.
6. Place the blueberries in the chocolate tucking them into the chocolate, but leaving the top of the berries exposed for presentation.
7. Sprinkle the remaining almonds over the top of the chocolate before it starts to harden.
8. Optional: drizzle a little melted milk or dark chocolate over the top.
9. Let cool completely until the chocolate hardens. You can leave it out on the counter and let it cool, or place in the fridge. Or if you live in Buffalo like I do, you can just open a window by a nudge and let the -3 temps today take care of it for you in very little time. 🙂
10. Cut or break the bark into pieces and serve as desired. This makes a great gift in a nice tin or decorative cellophane bag with ribbon.
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