What’s pink, green and brown all over? Salted pistachio, rose and cacao nib dark chocolate bark!
I usually find January the dullest, most depressing month of the year. The joy of Christmas is fading, the weather is grey and cold and summer seems so far away. This year I have tried to completely change up my outlook and reap the benefits of the first month of a new year. As I’m sure most of you can agree, December was waaayy too indulgent. Much wine, many cocktails. Guests, fancy dinners, cheese boards galore, desserts left right and centre.
It all takes its toll, whether mentally, physically or both. For me, the end result of so much indulgence leaves me feeling sluggish and down. My body is craving exercise and greens and fresh, vibrant flavours. However, cutting out all the “good stuff” is not the best approach. I’m not going to come at you with some long seminar on dieting and nutrition. Instead, I offer you chocolate. For me, when I am trying to cut back a little and eat better, I find that a square or two of dark chocolate are the perfect treat to look forward to in the day, and to satisfy my sweet tooth with.
Combine the dark chocolate with a few beneficial toppings, and your go-to snack is complete! For this chocolate bark I used pistachios and rose petals for their gorgeous colour combo. A sprinkle of cacao nibs adds some extra texture and the sea salt… well… need I say more? It really enhances the flavour of the chocolate and balances out the flavour profile. Mmmmmm.
Ideal as a mid-morning pick me up with a strong coffee, or a 4pm treat. Or, if you’re anything like me, the last thing you eat before bed in the evenings. Or any time throughout the day really. There’s never a bad time for chocolate. This recipe makes plenty of chocolate bark so feel free to offer some up round the office. I’m sure people will love you for brightening up a dull January afternoon! Wrap it up and give it as a gift, or keep it all to yourself in your nightstand. I won’t judge you.