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Spicy Coconut Sesame Chocolate Bark

Howdy Gang!

(First, hey check it out! With the kind help of some friends who are more talented at these things than I am (hello Kate, hello Rachel!), I’ve finally launched a site redesign. It’s been in the works for over a year, but what a year it’s been. My friend Andrew did the lettering. )

This chocolate bark recipe is one that was inspired by the Bon Appetit Food Lover’s Cleanse, which I photographed for 3 years. And while the cleanse always launched in January, it felt wrong that we didn’t have this chocolate bark in December – which is when you really need it. It is the simplest thing in the world. And I love that. You melt chocolate, slather it onto a parchment-lined sheet, sprinkle a TON of delicious things on it, and practice being patient for a couple hours while it cools. That’s it.

Spicy Coconut Sesame Chocolate Bark
Spicy Coconut Sesame Chocolate Bark
I vote for this as best and easiest holiday gift, and best choice for satisfying any chocolate cravings during this wild, sparkling, crazy month. It is remarkably flexible. Sprinkle whatever combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc, that strikes your fancy. If it tastes good in a chocolate bar, it’ll taste good here.

Spicy Coconut Sesame Chocolate Bark

Spicy Seedy Salty Chocolate Bark
adapted from Bon Appetit
Yield: about 8 servings

8 or 9 ounces of dark chocolate, at least 65%, broken or chopped into small pieces
1 3/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 or 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Flaky sea salt (I like to used smoked Maldon salt)
1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes

Spicy Coconut Sesame Chocolate Bark

Have a parchment-lined baking sheet ready.

Fill a small saucepan about halfway with water. Heat over high until boiling, then reduce heat to low and maintain at a simmer. Add the chocolate pieces to a medium glass bowl and place over the simmering water. When the chocolate begins to melt, add the chipotle chile powder and stir to combine. Continue to stir regularly as the chocolate melts. When the chocolate is completely melted, remove from heat.

Using a spatula, pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment-lined sheet. Spread over the sheet; it may or may not come to the edges. This recipe is flexible, so you can make it thinner by spreading out more, or slightly thicker by spreading less.

Next, the toppings. Sprinkle the sesame seeds evenly over the surface. Follow with the hemp seeds, and then the flaky salt. Finish with the coconut flakes.

Place in the fridge to cool for two hours or so, until firm and brittle.

When the bark is completely cooled, break it into pieces with your hands, or cut with a knife. Store in the fridge for up to a week.


  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Oooh the hemp seeds and the coconut! Chocolate bark is normally not something I get excited about but this I would actually pick over cookies/buche de noel/other Xmas baked goods!ReplyCancel

  • Vadim - Such a delicious recipe! I’ll definitely cook it one of these days, but don’t know for sure if I would be able to store it in the fridge for a week :D.ReplyCancel

  • cynthia - I want to live in these photos. And live off this bark. So beautiful, Kimberley!!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - This is absolutely stunning- I love the white coconut and seeds against the dark chocolate. So striking! Bet it tastes pretty good, too. ;)ReplyCancel

  • - Chocolate bark makes such a beautiful gift, and anything involving salted chocolate makes me very happy.ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - This for a cleanse…I’m in! Happy Nesting.ReplyCancel

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health - i love chocolate-cleanse :)ReplyCancel

  • jaime - i’m sorta new to your blog (hi!) but heeey, i love the new design! simple and bold and bright. i’m a fan!

    and i’m with cynthia; i could definitely live in these photos. i love chocolate but i’ve never felt particularly drawn to chocolate bark (in so many cases it feels like a dumbing down of luscious dark chocolate with lame and unchocolatey things like dried fruit and crappy hard candy pieces), but i love what you’ve got going on here; the spice, the textures, the savory nuttiness. brilliant.

    happiest of holidays to you, kimberley!ReplyCancel

  • Millie | Add A Little - This looks amazing and it would make such a perfect gift!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - I love how simple and delicious this is! So perfect for a holiday party.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - Great new site design Kimberley! The lettering is really fun and I love how the simplicity of the design really makes your photography pop. I love treats that are more than just sweet – this with its spice and saltiness and nutiness works on so many levels.ReplyCancel

  • Drumles Den Haag - Really simple and nice! I love dark chocolate! Lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • John Mondin - Great share Kimberley! I love the dark choolate and your pictures look amazing! Enjoy the holidays and looking forward to your blog in 2015!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Love the new site Kimberley! And this recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out!ReplyCancel

  • SG - I am yearning to make this and give to friends (and of course eat myself!) xo your website looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie Elliott - This looks so good!! Perfect in time for the holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Jozefien - These look stunning! I always make chocolate bark with delicious Belgian chocolate, caramelized nuts and a bit of seasalt! Love the combo of zweet and salty! I definitely will try your recipe as well, Looks really good with the sesame seeds!ReplyCancel

  • Cera - This recipe looks amazing. I will try to make them this weekend. ReplyCancel

  • Sarah J. Woodcock - Look at those pictures they are so amazing. Cant wait to try them at home for my kids hope they will love it. Thanks fore sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Chocolate bark is my favorite thing to make during the holiday season. Thanks for sharing this recipe. HeatherReplyCancel

  • sam - what a great chocolate.ReplyCancel

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