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Sara Armet is a 2012 Birthright Israel alumna who went on to found the luxury chocolate brand, Lady & The Chocolate. Having honed a career in specialty retail at Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, Sara Armet woke up one day with a calling to make ‘the best chocolate you ever had’! Amidst a global pandemic, designing chocolate bark with a larger-than-life personality became the greatest outlet for self-expression. Lady and the Chocolate was born.
The Birthright Israel Bark recipe is inspired by Sara’s many trips to the holy land, including her first on Birthright Israel! In a blog post for Birthright Israel Foundation, Sara shares how the trip consecrated an unrealized dream for her and solidified a strong connection to the homeland.
“Birthright Israel was the gift of a lifetime; the generosity of major donors who made the journey possible… the message of service instilled in me through the IDF. I knew that when I was fiscally responsible to give back, the securing of the future of Israel would be part of my life’s work.”
You can get a taste of the Birthright Israel experience by making Lady & The Chocolate’s Birthright Israel Bark recipe!
Birthright Israel Bark
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet (half pan)
- Silicone spatula (or wooden spoon)
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Oven mitt
- Optional: cooking spray, cutting board, kitchen knife, ramekins (for toppings), offset spatula
Other Suggested Toppings
- Dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, strawberries)
- Nuts (pistachios, walnuts, peanuts)
- Candy (crushed Heath Bar, m&m’s)
- Diced ginger
- Sea salt
How to Prepare Birthright Israel Bark
Prep time: 40 minutes (and cool time); Serves: 6-10
- Pick your toppings with purpose! I derive the themes for my chocolate barks before I go grocery shopping. Set up your toppings so they are easily accessible once the chocolate-making begins.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Pro tip: If you spray the bottom of your baking sheet with cooking spray, the parchment paper will adhere smoothly.
- Place 2/3 of the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. If you are working with chocolate bars, break up the chocolate into smaller pieces before melting. Place the remaining 1/3 of the chocolate aside (see step 5).
- For beginners, the easiest way to melt chocolate is in the microwave. Melt 4/3 of the chocolate in 30-second intervals and stir in between. Keep an eye on the chocolate to prevent burning.
- Remove from the microwave, add the remaining chocolate to melted chocolate, and stir until it is melted.
- Pour chocolate on a baking tray. Smooth with an offset spatula.
- Decorate your bark. This is the fun part! Get creative!
- Just chill! Set your chocolate bark in a cool place (yes, refrigerator or freezer works).
- Break up your beautiful chocolate bark and enjoy!
About Lady & The Chocolate
Lady and the Chocolate is a luxury chocolate brand, creating homemade chocolate bark on the Upper East Side of New York City. It’s chocolate meets fashion. This community-driven operation spreads joy and love with its array of bold, unique, and show-stopping flavors and has been featured in publications including Time Magazine, The New York Post, and Thrive Global. The bark is worth the bite and everyone wants a piece of it.
If you’re not into making the bark yourself, use discount code ‘BIRTHRIGHT’ to order some treats!
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