It's only Tuesday, but it's ok to start thinking about Saturday morning, which is the best kind of morning.
One of my favorite things to include in Christmas / birthday / just because / Valentine's Day mail is chocolate bars, and one of my favorite chocolate discoveries last year was Compartes. Compartes is a chocolatier in L.A. that offers a seemingly endless array of whimsical chocolate bar flavors, like their donuts and coffee milk chocolate bar, and another made with caramelized waffle cone pieces. One bar that is particularly terrific is the Cereal Bowl bar, which, in a true high brow-low brow marriage, is a white chocolate bar studded with Lucky Charms cereal.
A Compartes chocolate bar this is most definitely (and obviously) not, but I thought it'd be fun to create a chocolate bark version of the Cereal Bowl bar. Chocolate bark couldn't be easier to make, and it is great because you can make it to suit your own very specific, personal fancy. If Lucky Charms weren't your designated Saturday morning cereal growing up, any nostalgia-inducing, sugary kid cereal would still make for an off-beat and comforting chocolate treat (though, of the worst mistakes I've ever made, I still consider eating a big bowl of Reese's Puffs one of the top ten, so maybe not Reese's Puffs...).
And lastly, let's all enjoy this sugary cereal bit by the great and good Donald Glover.
Saturday Morning Cereal Bark
Inspired by Compartes' Cereal Bowl chocolate bar
8 ounces white chocolate*
1/4 cup Lucky Charms cereal
* One of the many things that I have learned from reading Smitten Kitchen over the years is that not all white chocolate is made equal. If you're melting white chocolate, pick a white chocolate bar made for baking, and definitely steer clear of "white chips" that sneakily drop the word "chocolate" from the labeling.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Place three quarters of the white chocolate in a heat-proof glass bowl and heat in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula, return it to the microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir again. Continue to heat and stir in 30-second intervals until the chocolate is just melted. Immediately stir in the remaining chocolate and allow it to sit at room temperature, stirring often, until it's completely smooth. (If you need to heat it a little more, place it in the microwave for another 15 seconds.)
Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread it lightly to create a roughly rectangle shape of desired thickness. Sprinkle the top evenly with Lucky Charms, and press the cereal lightly so it will set in the chocolate. Set aside for at least 2 hours until firm or refrigerate for 20 minutes. Cut or break the bark in pieces and serve at room temperature.