Easter. The VPs and our eldest love this time of the year because they always look forward to our annual Easter hunt. They wake up earlier than usual for a Sunday morning to go in search of surprises the Easter Bunny left for them around our home.
Our family also likes to get into the spirit of Easter before the big day. My Double Layered Chocolate Easter Bark is a treat they look forward to crunching into at this time of the year. We tone down the amount of sweets they receive throughout the days leading up to Easter to give them this special snack.
One reason why they love sinking their teeth into this chocolatey bark is because they have a blast helping to make it. They are all very hands-on with every aspect of this treat. I am more than glad to have the extra set of hands because I want them to learn their way around the kitchen.
A favourite feature of this bark treat is the melted caramel middle layer. It is an added level of soft and smooth textures they get to enjoy with the crunchiness of the chocolate and festive sprinkles that complete this snack.
Are you hopping to know crack into this chocolatey treat? Have a look below see how to put together my Double Layered Chocolate Easter Bark!
1. Create a double boiler with a large pot and a glass bowl that can withstand high temperatures. Add a third of water to the pot and set the temperature to medium high to get the water boiling.
While the water is boiling, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Once the water has boiled, place 6 of the wafers in the glass bowl over the heat. Melt down wafers by constantly stirring them. Once these wafers have been melted continue to add wafers 6 at a time until 6 are left. Remove double boiler from heat and melt the remainder of wafers.
Spread one half of the melted chocolate onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet and place into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes. Put the bowl of melted chocolate back over the water of your double boiler to keep the chocolate warm.
Place 5 caramels into a glass bowl with a teaspoon of milk and place into the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir until melted, and continue this process until all of the caramel is melted. If the caramel is not completed melted, add a half a teaspoon more of milk until smooth. Let the melted caramel cool for 3 minutes.
Once the chocolate has chilled and the caramel cooled, spread three-quarters of the melted caramel over the chocolate and put back into the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Make sure to leave a bit of a border so the caramel does not seep out the edges.
Once the chocolate and the caramel have chilled, spread the remainder of the melted chocolate over the melted caramel on the cookie sheet and place back into the fridge for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
Drizzle the remainder of the caramel over the top layer of chocolate with a spatula or a spoon.
Place the candy covered chocolate eggs evenly over the chocolate. Use the sprinkles to fill in the empty spaces.
Place the cookie sheet back into the fridge for 10 minutes to chill.
Use parchment paper to break the decorated sheet of chocolate and caramel into pieces. Place pieces into a container lined with parchment paper on one layer. If more than one layer is needed to keep the bark chilled, place parchment paper in between layers. Cover, and store in the fridge to keep cold until ready to serve.
If you have a double boiler, you may use it instead of a large pot and high temperature glass mixing bowl.
You may also choose to melt the caramels over a double boiler if you do not wish to use the microwave.
If you do not wish to have a double layer of bark, you will only need 10 caramels to drizzle over the melted chocolate for decoration. Please ignore steps 6 and 7 as well.
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It is always fun to see how this Double Layered Chocolate Easter Bark turns out every year. As my VPs and my eldest get older, they want to take on more tasks of creating this sweet snack and become better at designing the top layer.
I am so amazed with watching my kids at work in the kitchen. To see them want to take on so much of this treat lets me know they are becoming more confident in themselves and their abilities. It makes me so proud of them to want to take on new challenges and do well at them.
Though Easter is usually a brown and gray time outside our front door, colour bursts into our home at this time of the year when our Double Layered Chocolate Easter Bark is cracked, crunched and enjoyed!
What topping would you add to make this Double Layered Chocolate Easter Bark special and delicious?