Chilli and Nutmeg Dark Chocolate Bark

chilli dark chocolate bark

When one really takes time to delve into all things festive it quickly becomes clear that it is unlikely that there will ever be an end to Christmastime culinary possibility. In fact, it turns out that it’s dreadfully difficult to keep one’s blog up-to-date with all that is being produced. The weather is the entity most at fault here, but what can one do? It’s difficult to castigate the weather – it makes a mockery of us all.

Following on from my recent monologue regarding presents and the meaning of Christmas, a little gifting advice may be necessary. For those of you that weren’t aware, chocolate is always a safe bet – is there anyone who doesn’t covet one form of chocolate or another? It is in this spirit that I bring you my recipe for chilli and nutmeg dark chocolate bark; it is both frugal and spectacularly delicious. Perhaps this is one case in which the old adage ‘his bark is worse than his bite’ isn’t entirely watertight. Someone get me a muzzle.

Be warned, gift this bark to a child and/or teenager and you’re likely to meet with tears, violence or, at the very least, a sneer. However, adults are likely to thoroughly enjoy every facet of the sophisticated flavours on offer in this frugal bark recipe. Each bite provides sensation after sensation, with the fiery chilli hitting your tongue at first, backed up by mouth-watering nutmeg and, finally, a slight saltiness which always manages to complement dark chocolate.

chilli flakes, nutmeg and salt

Now that I’ve done literary justice to this recipe for dark chocolate bark I’d like to draw your attention to my new recipe index which went live a couple of days ago. Rather a lot of you had requested such a thing, so I hope it’s much appreciated – Katherine spent a long time organising my 265 recipes into different categories! Click through to the recipe index and you’ll find a set of categories which link to a list of relevant recipes lower down on the same page, this seemed like the most helpful way in which to structure such a thing. If you have any queries or issues with the index feel free to e-mail me at or message me via twitter or facebook!

recipe dark chocolate bark

Chilli and Nutmeg Dark Chocolate Bark

Makes enough for 2-4 gifts


• 300g dark chocolate, 70-80% cacao

• 1 tsp chilli flakes

• ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

• A generous pinch of coarse or flaked sea salt


1. Place a large mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt ¾ of the chocolate in the bowl and remove from the heat, throw in the remaining chocolate in small chunks and allow to melt.

Dark chocolate

2. Pop the chocolate back on the gentle heat and bring to a pouring consistency. Pour the chocolate onto a lined baking tray and spread until roughly 0.5cm thick. Mix together the chilli, nutmeg and salt and sprinkle evenly across the surface of the chocolate. Allow to cool completely, break into shards of roughly equal size and gift to the adults of your choice.

molten dark chocolate bark

recipe dark chocolate bark

Cost: Since this chocolate is essentially being used simply as chocolate and nothing more complicated it’s important to get a slightly more expensive, darker variety. This may not sound like advice pertaining to frugality, but if it is not followed it may result in waste and nothing is less frugal than waste! As such, the entire bark should set any want-to-be chocolatier back a mere £3, which is a darn sight cheaper than anything of comparable quality in the shops.

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145 comments on “Chilli and Nutmeg Dark Chocolate Bark

  1. theglobalgarnishgeek
    December 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Ooooh. My sister loves chili chocolate. This would be a great Christmas gift for her. And so easy :-)

    • fotogfoodie
      December 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking! This would be a fantastic gift!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Fantastic! Yes, very easy.

  2. myvermontkitchen
    December 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This looks SO yummy! :-)

  3. sockmonkeyskitchen
    December 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    OH MY! This has got to be amazing! I need to try this for the holidays. I love spicy and chocolate together. You rock!!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Hehe – oh it is! Me too, the salt also works very well.

  4. Suzanne @ RollWithIt
    December 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    “Someone get me a muzzle” Hilarious! Great idea with the chilies, but I would agree that a child would not like this type of bark.

  5. Jacqueline Raposo (@DustyBakerGal)
    December 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    So pretty!!!

  6. Patch
    December 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    The recipe index is a fantastic idea. As is the chocolate. Sounds right up Mr P’s street, so he might get some for Christmas! (Hope he’s not reading!!).

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks! It took ages! Haha – he’ll love it I’m, sure.

  7. Luckily I have all the ingredients on hand

  8. spree
    December 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Nick that is SO FUN!! I just love this! Pinning straight away and making, maybe with my girls, at the earliest opportunity! Thanks friend!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Hehe – thanks! You should and make sure you let me know how you found it!

  9. countrywoodsmoke
    December 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Excellent chilli chocolate recipe, with the nutmeg, congrats on getting the recipe index done, and love the board, looks like walnut? really enhances the photos

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks, Marcus! I have no idea, but I’d imagine that it is… I’m so happy to have some nice wood back in my pictures.

  10. Roberta Briffa
    December 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    So beautiful – looks like stained glass. Just lovely!

  11. susanevershed
    December 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    This looks really interesting….I’ve never had chocolate with chili before….can’t wait to try it!

  12. Alex Katzen
    December 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    What a cool combination! Looks delish!

  13. Conor Bofin
    December 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Love it, and I hear dark chocolate is good for you!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      OH it is, Conor… in fact I hear it counts as one of your five a day…

  14. Decorum DIYer
    December 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This is amazing! I love the mix of ‘heat’ and chocolate – Mayan style, no? Anyway, Alton Brown’s hot cocoa recipe also requires a pinch of cayenne pepper. I really need to make some this!

  15. Dianna
    December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I will make this immediately. Thank you. Chillis, with or without chocolate, are my second favorite flavor. Chocolate is my first.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Haha – fantastic. You have exquisite taste…

  16. This Merry Life
    December 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Adding to my list of paleo goodies to try… yum!

  17. Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur
    December 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This chocolate bark looks delicious! I think I’ll have to make some for my spice-loving (thought nutmeg-hating) boyfriend. The chili flakes make this bark look so beautiful!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks! You should – could add cinnamon instead…

  18. greenandginger
    December 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Looks delicious AND beautiful! If I only there were more than 6 days before Christmas…

  19. Carrie Doe
    December 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm


  20. egg me on
    December 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Whoa, dude! Salty, sweet and spicy! You hit the flavor trifecta. These would make amazing Christmas presents … even if that present is just for me. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Hehe- thanks! It’s still sitting in my fridge to be gifted!

  21. soffiagudrun
    December 19, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Chili and chocolate = match made in heaven!

  22. Jennifer Molnar
    December 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Great idea! I’m obsessed with the combination of chili and chocolate

  23. elizabethranger
    December 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    this. is. BEAUTIFUL. and probably so so delicious. I am totally making some for the people who work in my apartment building, cause they’re so cool. great idea!

  24. pantryobsession
    December 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wonderful! This is going to take the place of the rocky road I was going to make to give to people…love this! have a great Christmas :)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Don’t take that decision lightly, rocky road is amazing…

      • pantryobsession
        December 23, 2012 at 3:52 am

        Actually, I decided to make both and they were both fantastic! Thank you for the idea for the chilli and nutmeg bark. It looks great and tastes awesome…Have a great Christmas :)

        • frugalfeeding
          December 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          amazing D:. No problem! Thanks, Merry Christmas!

  25. carriesnow
    December 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Wow! That is gorgeous and looks easy! I love chocolate and spice. Thanks!

  26. Susan
    December 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Love all the holiday posts you’ve done lately.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks, I’ve enjoyed making them! Another tomorrow!

  27. angelica | table twenty eight
    December 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This is fantastic, looks exactly like the ritzy stuff sold in gourmet shops! Thanks for sharing.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you! Haha – more to come in the New Year too.

  28. Hush, Charlotte
    December 20, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Oh my gosh! This looks awesome! I know a couple of people who are going to love this. Making this tonight.

  29. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    December 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Love the combo of spicy and sweet. Great photos too.

  30. Sibella at
    December 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Excellent and I bet oh so spicy-sweet! I particularly enjoy looking at the last photo with all the beautiful colors!

  31. safifer
    December 20, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Reblogged this on A Single Serving and commented:
    I have to try this–I’ve had dark chocolate with nutmeg and love it…and dark chocolate and chili and love that (but then I’m a serious chocoholic anyway).

  32. Sacha
    December 20, 2012 at 1:22 am

    This is my kind of Christmas present! I’ll send you my address :).

  33. petit4chocolatier
    December 20, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I have never eaten or seen Chilli and Nutmeg Dark Chocolate Bark until now. I need to get out more! This looks and sounds delectable! Your pictures are incredible :)

  34. Dana @ Celiac Kiddo
    December 20, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Love this recipe!

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    Please accept my kind regards without any obligation. This is my thanks for being such an inspiration to me.


  35. narf77
    December 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Another recipe that can be completely veganised…I think that this looks as pretty as it would taste delicious. Cheers for sharing this recipe and I might have to make it to go with my Christmas vegan icecream fix :)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Indeed! Use 100 per cent cacao and blow your tastebuds out…

  36. mawarre
    December 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

    That just looks spectacular. Will be a winner at our place where chocolate, chilli and spice are top three flavours.

    • frugalfeeding
      December 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you! Ah yes, it sounds perfect for you.

  37. grainnep
    December 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

    these look really lovely, so christmassy and dark chocolate is good for you – Yay bonus

  38. strawberryquicksand
    December 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    OOooh I love chilli chocolate but actually hate spicy things. I’m not sure I would like your recipe as there are just too many chunky chilli bits rather than an overall “infused” type of chilli flavour. I have long been a fan of combining salt with chocolate, and have salted my chocolate muffins and cakes as long as I can remember… (poured salt onto the finished product rather than just adding salt to the raw batter prior to baking)… :) You recipe,as always, looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. :)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      To be honest you don’t really notice them as they are flakes! Salt and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven! Thanks!

  39. Sophia
    December 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for putting up the recipe index – I look forward to browsing this and picking up a few ideas! And the bark looks fantastic – chocolate and chili is a total winner for me and I am intrigued by the nutmeg!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      No problem! Enjoy! The bark is so delicious!

  40. thelittleloaf
    December 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I keep reading recipes for chocolate bark but have never made it myself. It looks delicious and so simple so will have to give it a go!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Oh you must, Kate! It’s so far up your street I can no longer see it!

  41. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    December 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    My favorite recipes lately are anything that has a little kick to it.. I hope I have time to make some of this before Christmas, it would be pretty on a dessert platter too:) Off to see your recipe index! xx

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Mine too, you need it at Christmas! Enjoy, it took ages 😀

  42. ocelot81
    December 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm


  43. taplatt
    December 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love the simplicity of bark. Your variation looks fantastic. The recipe index also looks great!

  44. NativeNM
    December 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    What a great idea, wish I would have thought of it!!

  45. philippafrederique
    December 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, and I love the combination of dark chocolate and chillis. I’ll definitely be trying out this recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks – it’s definitely a delicious combo!

  46. cheriblevy
    December 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    hey there, thanks for liking my recent post on cheese ;). This by the way is art – truly exquisite – I don’t think I’d ever make it, or eat it – its just so pretty! Well done and I love the photography work – really makes me think, hmmm maybe I would eat it!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      No problem! I’m glad you think so! Perhaps you should give it a whirl!

  47. Tet
    December 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    beautiful recipe – I can’t wait to try it as a Valentine’s treat

  48. Sandra Nguy
    December 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Looks so good! A number of people around me have recently started to enjoy chili chocolate… I’ll have to give your recipe a try! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      You must – it’s an ancient combination!

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    December 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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