As prepared as we all may be, is there anything quite like the week BEFORE Christmas to remind us of a few last minute gifts for some special people that help make our lives easier? Maybe a teacher, a care giver, a landscaper or someone that could just use a little extra “thank you” or some encouragement?
My friends – we have created this five day Gifts In A Jar series just for you!
Many of these gifts will work year ’round and I’m kicking the week off over here with my easy and fun “Bacon Bark” in a jar. Chocolate, bacon and roasted almonds? Ok. ‘Tis the season” so sign me up. Oink.
Here is the recipe and the jar instructions are below.
- 8 strips bacon
- 28 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup roasted salted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cook the bacon according to package directions (or your preferred method) and set on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place a medium to large saucepan with 2 cups of water on stove to boil.
- Add the chocolate and salt to a medium heat-proof bowl and place on top of sauce-pan on stove top.
- Once bacon is cooled, crumble into bits.
- Stir the chocolate until it is completely melted and smooth then remove from heat.
- Spread the chocolate evenly onto the prepared baking sheet - about 1/2" thick (you may not cover whole pan - it's fine).
- Top with the crumbled bacon and chopped almond pieces.
- Lightly press the bacon and almonds into the chocolate to make sure they "stick".
- Once slightly cooled, place the baking sheet into the refrigerator to finish cooling.
- Once completely cooled, break the bacon bark into pieces and distribute into jars.
- Keep refrigerated and use within 3 weeks.
These are so easy to assemble and you can make 4 jars / gifts from this recipe so that covers a few people right there.
Supplies Needed (affiliate links):
Moss to cover lid (or fabric you have on hand) – I really like the green but only had gray in my stash
Hot glue or whichever glue of choice
To assemble the jars:
Use a little hot glue to secure mason jar lid inserts to lid ring.
Use hot glue to attach moss or fabric on jar lid and then pig figurine to lid.
Use hot glue to attach ribbon around the body of the jar.
Use hot glue to attach label to jar – here’s the easy label I used (right click to save) or you can create your own!
Fill with bacon bark and gift away!
You should let friends know to keep refrigerated (due to the bacon) and to eat or discard after a few weeks. If I had time to create a back label I would have but… the holidays. 🙂I am SO thrilled to team up once again with these four amazingly talented gals for this week of Gifts In A Jar. Make sure to check out their ideas too:
Don’t forget to check back each day this week as we will bringing you some super fun ideas! See you tomorrow!
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well.