Apologies in advance muffins, this particular posting is seriously lacking in those ever exciting "prep pics."
You know, the ones where we document the artful ingredient arrangement, the careful measuring and the whisking in action? Right, those ones. We're sorry! We dropped the blogging ball...big time.
But we have an excuse!
In a totally uncharacteristic move, we realized mere moments before some guests arrived that we had nothing sweet to serve them. Granted, we were ordering take out but still...NOTHING! Cue hysterical panicking, running back and forth between the kitchen and the bedroom window and high pitched shreiking.
Clearly, something had to be done. But what!? Guests! Any moment! Guests! Eeeeeeeek!!
But wait! Boys were coming over. Specifically, baby brother was coming over. Boys are easy. And baby brother?! Sooo easy. Hand him a bar of dark chocolate and he's all set.
Still screeching, we grabbed the dark chocolate, peanut butter chips (um, duh) and bacon (boys = bacon).
Some very quick chopping and bacon frying (which we could do in our sleep), applying makeup in the reflective surface of the microwave (there's no truth to that whole microwave radiation theory is there? IS THERE!?!), swirl swirl swirl, a quick chill, and voila. Crisis averted.
Um and a quick public service announcement, even if you have oodles of time, you should make this for the men in your lives. Bacon bark apparently is like catnip for boys. Er, and maybe a few blue-eyeds...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Bark
Makes approximately 1 pound
10 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
10 ounces peanut butter chips
1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil
4-6 slices bacon, cooked, diced
Line a baking sheet or tray with wax paper.
Place chopped chocolate in a heat safe bowl and place in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring between cooking, until almost melted. Stir until smooth.
Immediately place peanut butter chips and shortening in another heat safe bowl and place in the microwave on 30 second bursts, melting the same way you melted the dark chocolate. Stir until smooth. Add in diced bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon for topping.
Alternating spoon chocolate and peanut butter mixtures onto prepared baking tray. Using the tip of a sharp knife, gently swirl together. Sprinkle with remaining bacon and sea salt if desired. Chill for at least an hour. Break up and serve.