Almond bark is a sweet confection often confused with chocolate. Unlike chocolates, which are made with cocoa butter, almond bark is made with vegetable oils or fats. The end product is similar in taste and texture to white or regular chocolate and it's easy to see why people assume almond bark is a type of chocolate. Almond bark is often used as a chocolate substitute to make candy and other sweets. Melting almond bark must be done correctly in order to make sure you don't burn it.
Fill a skillet 1/3 full with water. Place the skillet on a medium burner. Allow the water a few minutes to heat.
Place almond bark in a stainless-steel bowl or other bowl that will not be damaged by heat. Break the almond bark into smaller pieces to facilitate the melting process.
Set the bowl of almond bark in the pan of water so the heat from the water can melt the almond bark slowly and indirectly. Once the almond bark begins to melt, stir continuously with a wooden spoon to keep it smooth.
Use the melted almond bark as directed in your recipe.
Dip pretzels in melted almond bark for a quick treat.
Use almond bark in fondue dip.
Substitute a double boiler for the skillet and pan.
You can melt almond bark in a microwave. Set the microwave on 50-percent power and stir the melting almond bark every 20 to 30 seconds to ensure it doesn't burn.
Avoid getting water or moisture of any kind in your melting almond bark. This can cause it to seize, making it stiff and hard.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.