Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cowboy Bark

This sweet and salty chocolate bark, is a take on the Cowboy Bark found at Trader Joe's.

Cowboy Bark- Trader Joe's copycat recipe

Last Summer, while the kids and I were visiting my Mother in Law, she took me to Trader Joe's. The store was relatively new in her area, and she knew that me being a foodie, I would LOVE to go check it out. Living in Canada, I have heard several U.S bloggers mention Trader Joe's and how fantastic it is. So I was excited to go. 

It is a total foodie paradise!! Everywhere I turned I saw something I had never seen before and that looked and sounded amazing. I paced myself and only purchased a few items; one of them being their Cowboy Bark. I could not resist the combination of dark chocolate, pretzels, nuts, toffee, Oreo cookies and sea salt. I pretty much inhaled the bark myself and decided that I needed to recreate it here at home. 

I always make chocolate bark for Christmas, so this year decided to make Cowboy Bark. Everyone loved the combination of sweet, salty and crunchy. I've been snacking on what's left, straight from the freezer. A little piece here and a little piece there, helps cure my sweet tooth. This bark is super easy to make and is out of this world delicious. This would be an awesome homemade Valentine's day treat for any "cowboy" in your life :o)

Cowboy Bark- Trader Joe's copycat recipe

Cowboy Bark
adapted from Trader Joe's

2-3 C good quality Dark Chocolate
1 C small pretzel twists
1/2 C lightly salted roasted almonds
1/2 C lightly salted roasted peanuts
1/3 C toffee bits
12 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces
a few pinches or coarse sea salt

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate, using 30 second intervals. Stir until smooth. Pour onto parchment lined baking dish, using a spatula to spread out into a even layer (does not have to fill the entire baking sheet).

Working quickly, sprinkle nuts, toffee bits and cookie pieces over the bark. Place pretzels onto bark and press down gently to make sure they are touching the chocolate. Sprinkle everything with a few pinches of coarse sea salt.

Place in fridge, or freezer to set. Once set, take hold of both pieces of parchment and drop it onto a flat surface, to break up the bark. Break any stubborn pieces with a large knife. Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to one month.

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Mike Benayoun said...

Love the association of anything salty with chocolate. Great job Cindy!

Patty Anderson said...

I absolutely love this and the back ground story. I would be doing the same thing - just a schooch until all of it was gone!

Cathy McInnes said...

This looks like a great sweet and salty snack! Yummy! Saying hello from #TheWeekendSocial :-)
Cathy @ three kuds and a fish

mealplanmaven said...

We adore making our own chocolate bark and can't wait to try yours! Love the combination of flavors and textures!

Katherines Corner said...

YUMMMM,Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo P.S. did you see my new giveaways?

Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish said...

Trader Joe's is a favorite of mine as well! This chocolate bark is calling my name! Pinning.


The Chocolate Bark sounds awesome!
Thanks for the recipe.
Have a lovely week.

Michelle Nahom said...

This sounds so good!! I'm so glad you shared with us at Foodie Fridays and DIY...I definitely want to try making it! Sending lots of foodie love your way!

Miz Helen said...

Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen