Friday, May 2, 2014

CopyKat Trader Joe's Cowboy Bark

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I am walking alone in Trader Joe's one day and seriously (OK, not really), out pops this “Cowboy Bark”.

It’s on their new items end cap and it looks amazing.  It’s got chocolate, toffee, pretzels, Oreos (Jo-Jo’s), almonds, sea salt… YUM

Oh, yeah, I’m gluten free.


So pretty much every time I would go to TJ’s I would see that bark.


Until one day when they were sampling it.  Alright, alright, I am going to try a teeny piece, not too much gluten (and I can have a small amount without trouble.)

But I didn’t love it.

How come I didn’t love it?  First off, it looked nothing like the cover, the cover had a piece of bark loaded with yummy toppings.  This sample did not.  Second, I did not realize that it had peanuts in it.  Peanuts are fine, I like them.  But when you put them in something, it tastes like peanuts.  So what good were the cookies, pretzels, toffee, salt, when all it tasted like was chocolate and peanuts.

But I still had the dream.. the DREAM of that yummy Cowboy Bark.

So I made it.

I made mine gluten free, but you can make yours how ever you like.  And I left out the peanuts.  It’s WAY better in my mind, but it you love peanuts just sub in ½ the roasted almonds for peanuts.  Your choice ;)

Oh.. and mine are NOT skimpy!

CopyKat Trader Joe’s Cowboy Bark

  • 6.5 ounces o f dark chocolate chopped and melted until smooth (you can use dark or milk, whatever your favorite)
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup pretzels roughly chopped (I used gluten free)
  • 3 chocolate Sandwich cookies roughly chopped (I used gluten free)
  • 1.5 ounces of chocolate and almond covered toffee pieces, roughly chopped
  • Teeny, tiny pinch of sea salt (mine was fine)
  1. Prepare a tray with a piece of parchment paper
  2. I sprayed mine with cooking spray, but I am not entirely sure this is necessary
  3. Pour melted chocolate into the center of the parchment paper
  4. Spread into a circle or squarish shape about 8x8 inches
  5. Sprinkle your toppings on one at a time
  6. Lightly press toppings into chocolate
  7. Place tray in the freezer for about 20+ minutes or until hardened
  8. Remove from freezer and break into bit sized piece (no bigger than 3 bites a piece).
  9. Hoard it all and don’t share.  Enjoy
Did you/are you going to make it?  Leave me a comment!

1 comment:

  1. Definetly gonna make this. At least a half a dozen times. ��


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