Christmas it the best time of year for being a Taste of Home Field Editor! It affords me the opportunity to test out TOH recipes and give my opinions. This Tiger Butter Bark recipe is one of my favorite holiday recipes on their site. It's very easy to make and makes a beautiful presentation. It calls for only 3 ingredients: crunchy peanut butter, vanilla candy coating, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. So although it looks fancy it's very quick to make!
This Tiger Butter Bark recipe is a five star dessert and absolutely delicious as it is. But I like to brainstorm ways to put a fun spin on a recipe when doing a review. Here's my thoughts to jazz up this recipe if you're in a creative mood:
You could use almond butter or cashew butter in place of your ordinary crunch peanut butter brand. You could also add some almond extract to the peanut butter layer for extra flavor. When melting the chocolate chips, the recipe calls for shortening. If you don't have shortening on hand, you can use vegetable oil in its place.
The directions weren't too specific on how to do the chocolate swirl. The chocolate swirl is so gorgeous in this recipe and easy to do! Use a large spoon to drizzle the chocolate in a zig zag pattern across the top. Next, use a knife to cut through the chocolate vertically and horizontally. Don't over swirl, or the chocolate will begin to over take the peanut butter!
If you're a chocolate fanatic, you could make this into a double layer bark recipe. Instead of melting just 1/2 cup of chips as specified in the recipe, melt 2 cups of chips (the amount in 1 bag of chips). Spread the chocolate layer in the pan. Add the peanut butter/candy coating layer, and then top it off with the chocolate swirl. You may have to work fast, as semi-sweet chocolate hardens rather quickly. But it would be fun to add a chocolate layer for extra chocolate flavor!
If you're not one to go off script in a recipe, don't worry! Peanut butter nuts (he, he) will love this Tiger Butter Bark recipe. It tastes like fudge and isn't nearly as complicated to make. The gorgeous chocolate swirl makes this Tiger Butter Bark look like it came from a professional sweet shop. Check out this recipe on the TOH site here and let me know what you think! Happy Holidays and happy baking!
Hi, I'm Jennifer-the creator of What's Baking, Babycakes? Here you'll find easy to make desserts, frozen treats, healthy salads, and hearty casseroles. I love baking, and spending time with my family and two Papillions! Find out more in the "about section." Happy baking!