Monday, July 30, 2018

Bourbon Marshmallow Salted Caramel Bacon Bark

I just want to warn you. If you aren't a fan of sweetness then you will want to leave now. 
Because this is sweet. Suuuuuuper sweet. Like, melt your face off sweet. 
But that's okay. That just means a little goes a long way and you can share with lots of people and make lots of new friends. 
Because this will make you friends. Trust me. 
Everyone's going to want in on this. 

Bourbon Marshmallow Salted Caramel Bacon Bark

16 oz dark chocolate, divided
4 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 cup bourbon
1 cup bacon bits

Line an 8 X 8 pan with parchment paper. 
Melt 8 oz of the chocolate until smooth (either on the stove top or in the microwave). Spread into the prepared pan. Set in fridge to chill until chocolate has solidified.

In a microwave safe bowl melt marshmallows for 1 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. (If need be, microwave for another 10 - 15 seconds). Once smooth, mix in bourbon. Stir to combine well. Let cool for about 2 minutes. Pour the marshmallow/bourbon mixture over the solidified chocolate in the pan. 
Pour the salted caramel over the marshmallow. Spread it out the best you can. It is okay if the caramel and marshmallow mingle a bit. Set in freezer for 5 minutes. 

Check that the caramel has started to set up a bit. If not, leave in the freezer another 5 minutes. 
Melt the remaining 8 oz of chocolate and drizzle as evenly as possible over the caramel layer. Spread as evenly as possible. 

Quickly sprinkle with the bacon bits.

Let chill completely.
Cut into bite sized pieces. FYI - let it come back up to room temp before cutting. It's a bit easier that way. 

I used this bark to top a cake I made for Sue's birthday. It is great on a plate of squares for something out of the ordinary. The bourbon flavor really shines through so these are definitely not for the kidlets. 

You can use our Salted Caramel Sauce (find the recipe HERE) - which doesn't require a candy thermometer and is very easy to whip up! or used store bought. Either will work. We used our recipe and it tasted delicious. 
You will also want to use real bacon bits in this. The artificial flavored ones just will not taste nearly as good. This is best stored, covered, in the fridge until ready to eat. 
Don't you just love how easy no bake bars are to whip up?!

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