CALIFORNIA CHOCOLATE BARK
Pair with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Merlot
Yield: 10-12 servings
4 oz semisweet chocolate chips
12 oz dark chocolate chips
1 cup whole roasted nuts (your favorite)
1 cup of your favorite dried fruit (figs, apricots, cherries, cranberries)
2-3 Tbsp sea salt
Spread a large piece of parchment paper over a sheet pan.
Chop nuts and halve or quarter dried fruit based on its size.
Add all chocolate to a microwave proof bowl. In 30-second intervals, microwave the chocolate, quickly remove and stir, then return to the microwave for 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted - about 3 minutes.
Acting quickly, pour the melted chocolate out onto the parchment paper in a rectangle.
Allow the chocolate to rest for about 30 seconds, then sprinkle nuts and fruit over the chocolate.
Let chocolate cool for another two minutes, then sprinkle sea salt over top. Set aside for about 2 hours or until firm. Do NOT put in the refrigerator to speed firming - the chocolate will grey.
Chop or break the bark into pieces.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to one week and serve at room temperature. Serve with a glass of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Merlot.
Entertaining Tip: This recipe is fun because you can customize it to suit your preferences. Here, we use cashews, dried cherries and dried figs - all native California ingredients, home of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.