Smoky Almond Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt

by Shoshana on July 21, 2014 · 10 comments

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When I found out that this month’s Kosher Connection Link-up was “Smoky” I knew I wanted to make a dessert that incorporated that smokey flavor. Since I don’t have any fancy smoking devices like they have in some of the fanciest restaurants I couldn’t make an elegant dessert with some kind of fancy smoke that wafts up from the plate as you eat it. Instead I decided to go with a simple, yet delicious, chocolate bark.

The popularity of bacon in chocolate bars makes it clear just how delicious that smokey savory note can be with the slightly bitter sweetness of chocolate. Since I keep kosher I have never tried any of the commercially available bars, but I wanted to capture a bit of that smoky flavor in this easy chocolate bark. It is utter simplicity, but the smoky almonds and sea salt make this chocolate bark something special. It is important to use almonds that just contain smoke flavor and salt. There are some brands that include onion and garlic powder in their smoked nuts which, although delicious as a bar snack, does not go well with chocolate.

This is a great quick treat that is surprisingly addictive, perfect for any occasion. For more great smoky recipes be sure to check out all these delights from the rest of the Kosher Connection.

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Smoky Almond Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt
3 ounces smoked almonds, coarsely chopped
18 ounces dark chocolate
scant 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or other flaky sea salt

Melt or temper the chocolate. Stir in 2/3 of the almonds. Pour the mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with the remaining almonds and salt. If the chocolate is tempered let it stand at room temperature until set. If using plain melted chocolate place it in the refrigerator to harden. Break into pieces. Store at room temperature if tempered, refrigerated if using just melted chocolate.

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Alex 'the Kosherologist' July 21, 2014 at 8:43 am

Awesome flavor combo, smokey almonds and chocolate…. I think that is probably a match made in heaven

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Ronnie Fein July 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

Not a fan of smoky stuff but this looks too good to pass up. Send some by express mail if you have any leftovers! :)

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Shoshana July 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I would if there was any left. It disappeared alarmingly fast!

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Jamie Geller July 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

I adore choc bark just made it this past shabbos I always do nuts and dried fruits and salt but I LOVE your smoked almonds idea – I must steal it.

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Melissa {lilmisscakes} July 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

This looks so so good! Love making chocolate bark!

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TamarG @JoyofKosher July 29, 2014 at 6:38 am

I love this idea. Bark is one of my favorite desserts and it is so easy to make and impressive. Using smoked almonds is genius.

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Vicky and Ruth / May I have that recipe? July 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

What a great idea to use Smoky almonds in the chocolate bark, I am sure it tastes delicious!

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Sarah Klinkowitz August 10, 2014 at 8:46 am

Oh wow..this looks so amazing.

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Lynnsey September 11, 2014 at 5:23 am

This looks delicious but I’ve never seen smoked almonds – what brand do you use?

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Shoshana September 11, 2014 at 11:18 am

I used the blue diamond brand. They are usually in the grocery store in the snacks section.

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