Mexican Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Pepitas

This Mexican chocolate bark is spiced with cinnamon and cayenne and sprinkled with sea salt and pepitas.  Only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes to make!

Remember how I mentioned that balancing being back at work, a toddler, and a food blog, my life has become verrry busy, and that I was going to be focusing my efforts on super duper easy Christmas recipes this year?

Well.  If you want easy, I have easy for you.  I mean, this Mexican chocolate bark barely counts as a recipe.  It is so basic, it almost doesn’t deserve its own post.

Because spoiler: chocolate bark is…um…melted chocolate.  That is re-solidified.

But wait!  Hopefully I can convince you that this ‘non-recipe’ is a bit more exciting that your basic ‘bark’!

Mexican Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Pepitas

First, rather than using straight up dark chocolate, which I find to be a little too bitter for my taste, I combined a mixture of dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate.

Then there’s cinnamon and cayenne.  Yes, cayenne!  Spicy chocolate is a weirdly addictive treat, trust me.  And between the cinnamon and the cayenne, there is a distinctive ‘Mexican’ kind of flavor about this chocolate.

And then there’s the sea salt.  First spicy chocolate and now salty chocolate.  I can hear you all rapidly closing your browser windows…wait!!!!!  The sea salt brings out all of the deep dark chocolate flavors.  It totally enhances everything.

And finally, I sprinkled the Mexican chocolate bark with pepitas.  As you can see, I wasn’t exactly restrained.  I went for it!  The pepitas mostly contribute a crunch factor, as I don’t find them to have a very strong flavor.  They also bring color…I love the contrast between the deep rich dark chocolate and the bright green pepitas!

Mexican Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Pepitas


Mexican Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Pepitas

So all you need to do, you busy people, is to melt some chocolate.  I have tried for a long time to master this in a microwave, and after numerous batches of seized chocolate, I’ve officially waved the white flag and moved on to the double boiler.  Much, much MUCH easier.

I chopped my chocolate coarsely, and melted it down in the double boiler.  Then I stirred in the ground cinnamon and cayenne.  While it was melting, I taped my parchment paper into my 9X13 inch pan, but truth be told, you could also use a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Once everything is all smooth and melty and combined, spread it all over the parchment.  Mine was clearly not of even thickness, and that’s the beauty of this ‘non-recipe’…it doesn’t have to be exact!  Just spread it, sprinkle it with the sea salt and pepitas, pour yourself a glass of wine and go watch some TV.  You deserve it!

This Mexican chocolate bark makes a delicious snack, and would also make a wonderful gift!  Just don’t tell anyone that it only took you 15 minutes to make…that will be our little secret 😉

More easy holiday treats:

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Mexican Chocolate Bark with Sea Salt and Pepitas
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Dark chocolate is spiced with cinnamon and cayenne and sprinkled with sea salt and pepitas. This would make a very special holiday gift {and no-one needs to know how easy it was!}
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 6 oz dark chocolate
  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp pepitas {unsalted}
  1. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan by lining with parchment paper. I taped mine in, however a parchment-lined baking sheet will also work.
  2. Coarsely chop the chocolate.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring frequently until completely smooth. Stir in the cinnamon and cayenne until completely incorporated.
  4. Spread chocolate out on parchment paper, using a spatula. Mine did not quite fit the 9x13 inch pan, but it was close.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepitas.
  6. Allow to harden for 1-2 hours {cooling in the fridge is the best option}.
  7. Cut into pieces and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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