Bean’s ‘Cowgirl’ Bark

bark stackA couple weeks ago now we had a family beach trip to Wild Dunes with my in-laws. And my brother in law Matt brought some Trader Joe’s ‘Cowboy Bark’ for us to have as an after dinner treat. I’d never had something like that and it was really delicious if you’re into sweet and salty together (which I totally am). And while perusing Pinterest, I found this wonderful adaptation of it that I then decided to adapt as well. So we’re totally knocking off Trader Joe’s here–full disclosure. But here’s the deal…if you make it at home, you have plenty of ingredients to make it again…and again…and again. And you won’t have to keep buying it there–you can make it in bulk. Since I tend to never have cookies and pretzels in the house, I better keep making bark and giving it away! It’s seriously so easy and quick–probably 5-10 minutes total. You gotta make this. Or sign up in the comments and I’ll send you some.bark to go 2


15 oz. chocolate (5 3oz. bars…I did 4 dark and one milk)
1 1/2 cups mini pretzels
8 chocolate-stuffed Oreos (or a knock off brand)
1/3 cup toffee bits
1/3 cup coarsely chopped peanuts (I used plain, unsalted)
1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds (I used plain, unsalted)
sea salt for sprinkling, to taste


  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper; set aside. Before beginning to melt the chocolate, have all the ingredients chopped, prepped, and ready to go so that they’re ready to be added while the chocolate is hot and melty.
  2. Coarsely chop the chocolate or break into chunks to encourage smooth melting.
  3. I used a double boiler for melting the chocolate. Chocolate in a bowl, placed over a pot of boiling water.
  4. Pour melted chocolate onto parchment and with a spatula, smooth into a large rectangle, about 10×15-inches, and about 1/8-inch thick; just eyeball.
  5. Evenly sprinkle with pretzels, Oreos, toffee bits, peanuts, almonds, and sea salt to taste.
  6. Allow chocolate to set up for at least 1 hour at room temp, or in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  7. After chocolate has set, break into pieces or chop with a knife. Bark will keep airtight at room temp for many weeks and in the fridge or freezer for many months.

bark to go


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