Chocolate-Toffee–Pumpkin Seed Bark Recipe

Chocolate-Toffee–Pumpkin Seed Bark
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 10 mins, plus time to set | Active Time: | Makes: 10 servings

Bark is one of the easiest confections to make. This one has a dose of the Southwest, with a bit of cayenne and some toasted pumpkin seeds. Luckily bark can be made almost as quickly as it’s devoured, and this recipe is no exception.

What to buy: E. Guittard’s chocolate wafers taste great and come in easy-to-measure disks.

Game plan: The bark should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, and will last up to 3 days.

This recipe was featured as part of our DIY Holiday Gifts Advent Calendar.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup hulled unsalted pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, such as E. Guittard
  • 1 1/2 ounces finely chopped chocolate toffee bar, such as Heath
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper, or use a silicone baking sheet, and set aside.
  2. Heat pumpkin seeds in a medium frying pan over medium heat and toast until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Let cool slightly, then mix with cayenne until well blended; set aside.
  3. Melt chocolate and toffee bar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from heat and mix in 3/4 of the pumpkin seed mixture. Spread chocolate mixture onto the lined baking sheet very thinly, into roughly a 12-by-10-inch rectangle. Sprinkle remaining pumpkin seed mixture over top. Let set in a cool, dry location. Once bark is hard, break up into shards.